Of course, when you're the one who vetoes an idea, it's your responsibility to come up with acceptable alternatives. It has to be relatively frugal--only one of us has much extra money, and we hate to always assume she'll pay our way. A straight up shopping trip is out. Even window shopping gets hard, when one can buy the windows and two just look.
Here are my ideas so far--wine tasting (but then who drives?), going to a tea house for high tea, a walk/hike in the local forested park (weather dependent)...
In short, I'm open to ideas. What can three middle aged women do in a mid sized city without spending a ton of cash?
I gotta say--I went to a baby shower yesterday that consisted of going out to brunch then getting pedicures together (something that I think ALL baby showers could learn from)--and while I'm not usually willing to pay money to get my toenails painted, that massage chair was worth every penny. So there's that too.