Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Online, Offline, Here, There -- I Love Shopping!

I love filling a cart, whether in cyber space or at TJMaxx.

"Let's see, she would LOVE this. That seems like the perfect gift for him. Oh, and who can resist this Disney Princess for her -- I want to buy everything with Disney Princesses that I see!"

At Christmas you actually get to buy lots of stuff for lots of people. I love that! I would buy something for every one of you if I could! (I do have limitations, unfortunately. Or maybe, in hubby's eyes, that's fortunate!)

So, if you see me strolling the aisles of my local Wal*Mart, TJMaxx, or even Kinney's, you can be sure I'm thinking of someone on my list. That list grows longer each year. (Who was it who told me this would get simpler? Silly goose...)

Unfortunately I am going about it in a rather haphazard manner this year. No nice list with a column under each name. No page with $$ tallied. And that record of purchased items is non-existent. Uh-oh. I'm in trouble. I lie in bed at night and in the wee morning hours wondering, "Exactly what is in my closet tucked away in all of those bags? Did I buy something for him yet? For her? How many stocking stuffers does she have compared to her? What about extras? Hmmm..." I am tempted to panic, but determine to shrug it off. I'll just buy plenty and worry about the extra stuff later. I am the queen of returns, you know.

So when you see me strolling those aisles, if you notice a very full cart, now you will know why! I just wonder how many duplicates are actually on my shelves...


Blogger sam said...

I love shopping for others too and find myself in the same situation this year. I also have no lists, no $ totals, but am also the queen of returns so I am not too worried.

The timing of this post may have been providential, it reminded me to get my Amazon order finished to take advantage of the free shipping. :)

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Blogger CGilchrist said...

I thought of the daytimer list you use to make with the columns and the organized charting. I always wanted peak, but didn't at the same time. I was thinking I should have done that for at least my nieces and nephews this year. I feel a bit haphazard in my approach for them. Well, I have plenty of years (and many more nieces and nephews to come!) to figure this system out.

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