I’m not quite sure how it is that someone who hates shopping as much as I do found myself out during the Christmas Crazy rush today. Actually, the shopping started at amazon.com (ok, I bought myself a couple of things also) and then graduated to walmart.com (I admit a found things for me here too). But there were things I wanted to pick up for my sister, friend and mom’s boyfriend that I just couldn’t find. So, I put on my brave face and went for it.
11:00am: I started off at Boston Harbor, the best tea shop in town. They have just about every kind of loose tea you can imagine. I love this store. My mom’s boyfriend is a big fan of tea, but I can’t seem to get him past the bagged stuff. So I got him 3 kinds of loose leaf tea and an infuser. I also got a bag of tea for a friend….and a little something for me also.
11:30am: I go to World Market. I’m addicted to this store. Here, I buy some shortbread for my friend’s son and some black licorice for friend’s husband. I also stumble across some marinade and rub gift boxes so I get one for my mom and one for my sister. Little side note to the man who just HAD to have my parking spot. When waiting for a spot, it is best that you do not block the car that needs to get out of said spot. If you look at your shift column, second from the top is the Reverse gear. You may need to use this to let said vehicle out of the parking spot so that you may get into it. Truly, Sir, I’m a kind person. I’d have let you have my spot. I’d have blocked traffic for you to ensure you could park there. But first, you need to move your car so I can get out of said spot.
12:30pm: I then head over to Linens N Things to look at kitchen gadgets. I end up getting some Lock & Lock storage containers for my sister. Little side note to the woman with the two adorable children pushing the child size carts. Yes, I think your children are adorable. I thought so the first time they almost ran over me in the kitchen gadget section of the store. The second time they almost ran over me in the “As Seen on TV” section, they’d been downgraded to cute. The third time they almost ran over me in bedding, I viewed them as just slightly better than hellions. And you, adoring mother, do not just smile at me as your children proceed to try to mow me down. I said “Excuse Me” three times and you just looked me and watched your children run helter skelter all over the aisle. I do hope that eventually you teach your kids some manners. Oh, and Merry Christmas ~ or Happy Holidays, whatever it is you’d like to hear. Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Good Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year also.
1:00pm: PetSmart. Every year, I buy my friend’s cats presents. Cleo likes jingle balls; Cato likes catnip. I’m a good cat auntie, aren’t I? Excuse me, lady driver of the gray Buick. That red octagon to your right with the letters S-T-O-P is a stop sign. You may want to remember that for the next time you venture out during Christmas Crazy season.
1:20pm: I find myself at the mall ~ in a prime parking spot even. I walk through Dillards, pick some things out at Clinique and decide to walk around the mall a bit to kill time before friend and I go to lunch. So, did I mention I’m at the mall? On a Saturday. During Christmas Crazy season. Good Lord, what am I thinking? I hate shopping! I hate crowds! Why, oh why, did I decide to leave the house today? What was I thinking?! So, I walk all the way down to the other end of the mall and back. Try to go into Bath & Bodyworks. Elbow to elbow people. No thank you! Victoria Secrets? Can’t even see through the crowd in there. So, I turn around and go back to Dillards. The Christmas kiosks this year are pathetic. Usually, there are some really cute little crafty things that you can pick up ~ not this year. Not a lot to choose from.
2:15pm: Lunch. Famous Dave’s. Chopped Pork and Riblets with coleslaw and diet pepsi. Mmm, mmm good. I needed that. Actually, what I needed was a good, stiff drink ~~ but I’m driving.
3:15pm: Back to the mall. Pick up a lip gloss sampler for my niece. And a few little something extras for myself.
4:00pm: Starbuck’s. I buy gift cards for friend and her husband and a packet of Christmas Blend coffee beans. As I leave the store I almost get run over by a great big black truck. That was fun. I need to go home. Side note to the driver of said black truck ~ I understand you wanted that great parking spot that just became available, but it is not more important than my life. Do you see those white lines painted onto the pavement? That’s called a crosswalk, you moron.
4:30pm: I’m home with all my Christmas gluttony stacked in my living room. And I realize I forgot to go to the store. That’s okay. I’ll go tomorrow. That’s why they invented take out. I just can’t go out there again tonight. Unless alcohol is involved. Then I might make an exception.
Recent Book Buys:
Okay, I’ve been really bad lately. I’ve been buying books left and right. That doesn’t mean I’ve read them ~ I’m still in a bit of a reading funk. And it’s starting to more than tick me off. I just want to lay down with a good book. Anyway, here’s what I’ve gotten recently:
The Four Sisters series by Eloisa James:
Much Ado About You
Kiss Me Annabel
The Taming of the Duke
Pleasure for Pleasure
The Highlander series by Janet Chapman:
Charming the Highlander
Loving the Highlander
Wedding the Highlander
Tempting the Highlander
Only With a Highlander
The Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning:
Beyond the Highland Mist
To Tame a Highland Warrior
The Highlander’s Touch
Kiss of the Highlander
The Immortal Highlander
The Spell of The Highlander
With This Ring series by Suzanne Enoch:
Reforming a Rake
Meet Me at Midnight
A Matter of Scandal
Langley Family Trilogy by Lucy Monroe:
Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway
The Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
Thief in a Kilt by Sandy Blair (I won this one at Colleen Gleason’s blog)
Hero Worship by Dawn Calvert
Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon (I’ve already read this one ~ had to buy for my collection)
The Pleasure Slave by Gena Showalter
Plain Jane by Fern Michaels
Knight of Darkness by Kinley MacGregor
Entangled by Kathleen Dante (I won this one at Stacy’s blog)
Not to mention the countless other books in my TBR pile that I have yet to get to. Well, I just need to make it through Friday and I have almost 2 weeks off. Maybe lots of reading time ahead (I hope!).
Waiting Patiently to Buy:
The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason
Demon Angel by Meljean Brook
Not Another New Year’s by Christie Ridgway
The Dream Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
Love in the Fast Lane by Jenna McKnight
One more quick health update. I walked almost non-stop today for almost 5 hours with hardly a limp. AND I didn’t have my orthotics in because my doctor sent them in for adjustments. I think the shots finally kicked in!