Today Hayley and Breanna went to visit their two friends for the day for a special Christmas party and to stay for dinner. This worked out well for us and not just in the obvious, “woohoo, peace and quiet for a handful of hours!” kind of way.
Actually, there wasn’t much peace and quiet to start, alas. George had gotten some of the Christmas shopping done the other day but we still had a bit more to do, so we took advantage of the opportunity for the two of us to go out and finish it up together.
You would think that the last Saturday before Christmas, in fact, mere DAYS before the big day, would mean that shopping was an absolute chaotic nightmare, but you know what? It really wasn’t that bad. The parking lots were jammed full of people and some of the stores were busier than others, but overall it wasn’t a huge deal. Walmart was pretty busy but that’s not unusual and we hit the express counters so we were in and out pretty quickly. I think the worst at first glance was the dollar store where the line up went around the cash registers and all the way down one row, but they had six people on cash registers so it moved smoothly. Best Buy and Future Shop were both very manageable and required no wait time at the cash.
(Hilarious aside about Best Buy: We went in and made a purchase then later realized we’d forgotten something so we headed back and George forgot about the guy who stands right inside the door to greet people and to check receipts for larger, non-baggable items. He said hello to George, who wasn’t looking, and George jumped about three feet and yelled, “oh Jesus Christ!” I thought I was going to have an aneurysm from all the laughing that I did. I think it amused Greeter Guy and probably made his day; I know it made mine!)
In all, it took us several hours, but that included visiting George’s aunt and stopping for a bite to eat halfway through. If you’d told me before I left home that it would take that long I doubt I would have been so chipper walking out the front door, but it really wasn’t as bad as I had thought.
As a bonus we still had plenty of time when we got home before George had to pick up the girls so I tossed out my yoga mat, put on my Kathryn Budig Aim True DVD, and did over an hour of yoga by the light of the Christmas tree. Very relaxing.
I still have to wrap everything but George is going to try to get the kids out of the house tomorrow and I’ll start wrapping while watching “Christmas Vacation” and “Elf”.
I can’t believe Christmas is almost here – and that I’m so happy about it! Falalalala!