Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Road the fast train called "Shop Til You Drop" yesterday. Our (sleigh) Van hasn't been starting for a few days now, so my hubby has been taking my car. Well, you never miss anything until you don't have it. lol So yesterday, I took him to work at 6:30 am in hopes of starting my Christmas shopping. Yes, I buy half of my stuff in January every year and leave the rest to procrastination. It is kind of quirky, I love the thrill of getting a bargain and yet I love a good challenge! hehe!
I am a people person, so I love meeting and talking with people when they are out and about. I have some of my best conversations while in line, or browsing the clearance rack. While I have certainly had my run in with several elbows and people who just plain aren't your friendliest, yesterday, I had the nicest of days. I thought I was being smart, while in Marshalls, passing up the shopping carts, after all, if I can't carry it I can't overdo, right! Wrong, all I managed to do was look like a juggler walking down the isle with my arms holding a shopping cart load of gifts. A cute little snowman's ornament fell from my arms the lady next to me bent to pick it up and I said "Oh that's okay...we'll just ignore that one"? Well, she just bursted out laughing. Odd, but we had the greatest chat after that! Another lady saw my stuffed snowmen in my arms and told me that if I sprayed it with hairspray it would ward off dust and lint...go figure!
Shortly before noon, my son Terry called so I picked him up and treated him to lunch. It was great! I love catching up with the kids. At the same time, I sometimes wonder if I could be severely shortening my own life listening to what's going on in theirs. lol Oh most of the time it is so good and so uplifting it is just a joy. However, Terry is dating and well, I just want the best for him! A girl that treats him with oodles of respect, lifting him up with praise, holds him close when he's had a bad day, you know, good stuff; I would expect the same from him too.
Took him home and my wonderful Mom called and wanted me to meet her after her doctor's appt. So, we met halfway at a Super Target store, about 25 miles away. By this time, I was just getting my second wind but learned my lesson and opted for a cart, as did she. We shopped and talked. Mom does not enjoy shopping but admits she loves my enthusiasm and love for it! hehe! She and I enjoyed a coffee and a frappuccino at Star Bucks. She occasionally would comment on the coffee thing...mainly the prices! lol She kept saying what a different world it is. It was funny, just before we left she said, "I don't suppose you get free refills"? lol
Picked up Dennis and grabbed a bite to eat and then talked him into letting me stop at Hallmark. I know he'll never admit it but I think he enjoyed looking at all the cute little ornaments and stuff. I am so thankful for a guy that will put my needs before his own once in a while.
So, it's just the two of us slip sliding around and joyfully sorting out all the stuff, full of eager anticipation over who is going to get what! Hoping you are getting all the stuff that makes your loved ones smile.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18