Sunday, December 10, 2006

Shop Til You Drop

Mostly Sunny - Hi 65 Lo 45 for Baghdad, Iraq
Mostly Sunny - Hi 51 Lo 33 for Northern KY, USA

Song of the week: De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,
The Police


I am pleased to report that Michael and I completed our annual Christmas power shopping trip. Normally we pick one day and shop til we drop, this year due to Michael's work schedule we split it into 2 half days... Friday and Saturday. The rule is, we don't stop shopping until it is completed. We got half of the shopping done on Friday and made our way to P.F. Chang's for a celebratory meal. Saturday we finished and had a celebratory meal of Popeyes carryout!

The other key rule is to be nice--- to everyone...this can be a challenge at times... No need to reinvent the wheel... I wrote about it 1 year ago... weird... am I that predictable? How sad for this former punk rock girl... An excerpt below....

Michael and I had our Annual Power Shop Til You Drop Day...Michael hates to shop-- and I mean with a capital H.... hates it. Because of this, we have figured out a way to get it over with in one clean swoop. It is a carefully orchestrated event. It takes a lot of prelimary planning and decision making-

1) a list of everyone and a few "fill in the blanks" for those "unexpected" folks.
2) a theme for each person- if a specific item is available, we'll go with that. These ideas are typically kept in my head and not shared with anyone.
3) a list of stores to visit and the order that makes the most sense. (Michael and I hate malls so we avoid them whenever possible)
4) Michael is the the coat and bag holder.
5) I am the check writer (no credit cards... cash only)
6) a generalized budget...

*Rule# 1 - Be patient while driving, this includes highways, back streets, and parking lots.
*Rule# 2 - Be nice to everyone - sales help and other patrons- even when they don't deserve to be treated nicely.
*Rule# 3- Be nice to each other - the most important of the rules.

I made a major faux pas....I broke rule number 3 on Saturday... I apologized... just awful...

One other thing... hysterical.... on Friday as Michael and I were getting started on our shopping trip... we were at a red light (an incredibly long red light) and we watched the woman in the car directly behind us folding laundry--- bed sheets!! I kid you not.... we were screaming... at least I was... Does anyone else do this? I mean, sure this is an excellent example of wonderful time management, but quite honestly, we were just a tad concerned when we started moving and laundry lady continued to fold sheets... we were getting on the ramp to I-75... northbound... be on the lookout for this woman...

OK... so, now I just need to finish up my Christmas cards...get them in the mail, wrap up the gifts and call it a day... Remember there are only 14 more shopping days until Christmas. Remember to slow down and enjoy this season.

You May Be a Bit Obsessive Compulsive...

Meticulous and detailed oriented, you have some irrational obsessions.
Maybe it's your super neat closet or washing your hands a gazillion times.
You probably know it's weird, but you just can't stop thinking about it.
In fact, the more you think about your quirks, the more you have to do them.

Blogs and Links to Check Out This Week:

Let's Say Thanks - Take 5 minutes- really that's all it takes.
Power Shopping
On No They Didn't
Coffee Spills


I switched to Beta Blogger.... and I wasn't sure if I was going to even be able to post this morning since I could not get logged on...

Have a great week everyone!


michele said...

Wow! You were able to move your template over! You're missing your white background but if that's your only problem, you're doing good!

I wasn't able to move over because the blog is too big. That's what happens when you blab too much!

Lone Ranger said...

Many years ago, I discovered, quite by accident, that if you mix Popeye's coleslaw and red beans together, that you get an awful-looking sludge that is absolutely heavenly. That's what comes from taking a mouthfull of food before swallowing the next one.

Cathy said...

Thanks for stopping by Michele- I think it's only in Firefox that the white is missing. Congrats on being a finalist in the Weblogs!

Kimosabe- sometimes there just aren't any words................ I do like their cole slaw.

Cathy said...

Beta blogger is on my last nerve... I can log on here, but I can't get to the main location to post anything new........ grrrrrr....

c.a. Marks said...

Folding bed sheets???WTF? LOLOLOL And here I am thinking I only used that phrase "power shopping" LOL