Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Shopping, 18th Chapter

I met Suz in Snellville yesterday to Christmas shop.

We had yet another fun, but unsuccessful shopping venture. I can't remember ever having such a hard time shopping. We went to The Avenue in Snellville. There were some different stores, which was what we were looking for. But y'all honestly, what is the deal? Why are things obscenely expensive? I was looking for something to wear over a sequin top to go out to dinner tonight. After hours of looking, we found the perfect one. There was just one problem. It was $129. And according to this guy's calculation, that was WAY TOO EXPENSIVE.

I wasn't about to pay $129 for a thin sweater. No matter how pretty it was and no matter how perfectly it would have gone with my top. Unh-unh. No way. So I left without a sweater. Suz bought only a few things from her still fairly long list.

She had to leave and get home so she could take her kids ice skating at Centennial Olympic Park. I would love to have gone and hope to go before the season is over. According to her, we may expect to see Eli compete in the Olympics one day. But if you know Eli, you know it'll be speed skating, not figure skating. He's full speed ahead at all times.

After she left, I wanted to do a little more shopping. I've been looking for some sort of lighting that is battery operated to but on my bookcase where I display my beloved snow globes. I stopped in at Michael's. Me and about 38,000 strangers were there.

I didn't find any lights, but I did stumble upon these.

Jacks or Jax. I'm going to go out on a limb here and call playing jacks a sport. Why? Because it's the only sport I've ever been pretty good at. Well, I take that back. Once upon a time, I was a pretty good roller skater. But that was eons ago. I can still play jacks.

Crystal and I used to play. We'd go all the way through our onesies to our tensies. Then we'd play around the world or doubles. So much fun. The red bouncy ball smelled just the way I remembered. All rubbery and new. The jacks are made differently now though. Remember when they were metal and if you accidentally stepped on one, you were in agony. Now they're plastic. If you step on one, it just smushes. I know this because Jeff stepped on one last night.

While I did have a little fun playing with them, it wasn't as much fun as I remembered. Made me a little sad actually. I guess it would be a little strange if a 44-year-old enjoyed playing jacks, huh?

I made the best baked potato soup last night. I stopped at Panera Bread on the way home and bought a loaf of French baguette to go with it. We had a fabulous supper. The boys were home, so we all ate together and it was nice.

Jeff took the day off today, so I think we're going to go out for a while. We're getting the car washed. It's been since summer since it was washed and even though it's going to be raining for like four days in a row soon, I can't stand it anymore. It's got to be washed. I may drag him out for a little shopping, too. Even though I'm happy to be going with him, don't you feel like this:
He keeps me in check, that's for sure. But it's good to take him out once in a while because he has no idea how expensive things are. I mean NO IDEA.
Okay. That's my Friday plans. Dinner out tonight. Brunch at Suz's tomorrow morning. Then we're going to the Georgia Dome to watch the high school football championships. That may not sound like too much fun, but honey, I love high school football championship games. So much fun to watch.
Have a great Friday! Till next time.


Theresa said...

I have been to the Avenue and mostly look and eat with friends over there. I am happy to say, if I go shopping again... it is NOT because I need to. I am staying in today and wrapping all the gifts that I have, sorting the stacks and putting name tags and perhaps ribbons? Oh, my Mama liked to play Jacks, did you know that? Have fun with your honeypie today and be safe out and about!!!!

Joyce said...

I really laughed out loud when I saw your shopping sign. I am so borrowing that! Too funny! You would probably have fun if you were playing Jacks with your sister again. Save it for Christmas and try again (but practice... heh, heh). I love high school champ games too. They are exciting and heartbreaking! Have a fun weekend and enjoy the day with your hubby! xoxo

billypandnikkysmom said...

Shopping & Football!!!!!! Two of my favorite things! I remember playing jax/jacks?????? so fun!

Have a great weekend with your hubby & boys ~ Stay Warm!

P.S. loved the sign!!!!

MySnellvilleBlog said...

You are right, things are expensive at the Avenue...and although the address is Snellville, technically the businesses are in L'ville - as far as paying taxes go...but only a nerd like me would care. ;-)

I bet you would have found a perfect top to go over your sequin top at Target in Snellville.

I also prefer Hobby Lobby on Wisteria Drive in Snellville to Michael's (they have been non-nice to me in Michael's before on more than one occasion, and I contacted their CEO to no response, so I don't go there anymore. There are other stores that would love to get my money.) Joanne Etc on Scenic Highway is also excellent.

I also reviewed Panera Bread in one of my blogs, Snellville Eats and have a blog about shopping in Snellville called Snellville Shops - I hope you will check them out, I would love to hear your comments!

suzanne said...

I didn't know u were going to the Dome? Quit making plans without consulting me!! Tee-hee! Luv ya...

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

Sounds like a fun time with Suz, even if you did not find what you wanted. I know you two had some good laughs. I prefer Hobby Lobby, too! We went to Michaels lately and I spent way more than I spend at Hobby Lobby. Is it the way they set things up or just more expensive? Anyway, have a great weekend. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Dena said...

Sounds like fun plans! I love the picture of the shopping clicker. We used to have one when I was a kid, and being the oldest, I got to be in charge of the clicking. I felt honored to be given such a big responsibility. :)

LOVE the shopping with hubby sign! That totally fits my husband.

Cindy Lou said...

Shopping with your sis...Sounds like loads of fun!! I am so sorry that you are having such a hard time with the shopping list though! I can remember playing Jacks as a kid...good times!! Well you have a great day and enjoy all your plans!! Love you!!

skoots1mom said...

I'M a Georgia girl, too...Loved your blog...I know a Kelly Kelly too...she married a boy I went to high school with... :)

ceekay said...

My husband said to tell you that he doesn't know you, but he likes you! He loved the sign......that is like the truest statement ever!!