14 December 2008

Pre Christmas 2008 (i)

I spent the most of the weekend preparing for Christmas. Now I will bring you the fruits of my labor, carved up in easily digestible pieces.

I had a personal day to use at work by the end of the year, and I decided to use it Friday. I slept in and woke up with Jesse - meaning I was getting to the gym at 7 as he was getting to work. After the gym, it was go time. I had given myself one day to bring Christmas to our place. I figured if we could do Thanksgiving in a morning, a business day for Christmas shouldn't be too difficult. My calculations were incorrect.

After the gym, I had breakfast and coffee, then went into The Container Store. If you've never heard of it, don't worry about it. It's nothing. If you have heard about it, you know it's an organizer's dream. I happen to be such an organizer and I also happen to emphatically enjoy The Container Store. If Oprah can keep her mouth shut, it'll remain our little secret. And no, I'm not picking on her eating issues. I digress.

I went into the Container Store for things that were cheapest there. I did my research beforehand. I did not want Jesse accusing me of buying things just because they were at The Container Store. There really are things there cost less than they would at both Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. I was being a smart consumer. As a reward, I treated myself to a couple of things I normally could nor get if Jesse were with me.

From there, I went to get my car. I had a lot of errands to run and while things do get done on foot, they can get done faster on wheels. Plus it had been two weeks since I'd even seen my little Henry. I checked his paint (still scratched), his windows (still one that's not like the others), and his wipers (still dried out from the desert). He was just as I had left him. Together, we went to Bed, Bath, & Beyond, where I was hoping to use any of the 5 coupons I had on drip pans. We don't need them at our new place, but I have to replace them at the old one. Unfortunately, BB&B sells drip pans in sets of 4, with two big pans and 2 little ones. Our tiny little stove requires 3 little ones and only 1 big one. I took my used drip pans back to our old apartment (paid through the 21st) where I checked the mail and got the last two bundles of cleaning supplies. I then went to our new place, where I spent 30 minutes circling and looking for parking. I ended up parking illegally, unloading the stuff, paying for a metered spot, and showering before my time limit expired. It was only Noon. But I still needed a Christmas tree. It was time to head to Target.