Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hurried Shopping

Today was a crazy day for me. I didn't make it up here to the hospital for the first time until around 4:00 this afternoon, making it my longest stretch away since we arrived at 8:45 last Thursday morning. I didn't really like being away that long. I get to enjoy time with my amazing wife, and things slow down. My time outside is mostly hurried. I've been doing a lot of running around. I get home, play with the dog, eat a little bit of food, and then usually have something to pick up at the store. I run through the store, picking up things that are typically outside of my realm of expertise. Admittedly, the only shopping expertise I have exists at music stores and Half Price Books.

I got some really funny looks in the Target lingerie department while holding my cell phone in one hand and a pair of purple striped pajama pants with the other. The funny looks were probably because I was holding the pants up to my waist trying to figure out if they were long enough for A. I bothered a sort of creepy old cashier lady in the Dillard's hosiery department trying to find slipper socks. She couldn't find any. I had an electric toothbrush whose on button was much easier to access while still in the package than the off button. Under the stare of a concerned Target employee, I finally got it turned off after a minute or two of fumbling. I searched every possible store at the intersection of Park and 75 for a light-weight, twin-sized down comforter. Just in case you are curious, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Homegoods, TJ Maxx, Dillard's, and Nordstrom Rack are not the place to find one. Macy's is your best bet. All in all, I think I've been pretty successful in my shopping endeavors. I don't know if A would completely agree, especially with the one trip that involved me returning with a bag full of new clothing items....all of them had stripes...none of them matched.

Today's things I'm thankful for:
1. Raegan, Rachel, and Alexa. These three, plus a couple of teacher's from A's old team with an assist from Alexa's laptop, took time out of their schedule to help me pack up A's classroom this afternoon. I would have done a much worse job, and it would have taken much longer without their help. I would have attempted to pack up 6-ish years of school gear in two large baskets.
2. Our families. My parents, sisters, brother in law, niece and nephew are in town today and tomorrow. A's mom and dad are coming tomorrow night, following up a visit from her sister earlier this week. They have all already done so much from afar, and been so patient with me as I've been trying to get things settled.
3. It's 10:18, and I don't have to leave this couch tonight. My dad is staying with Mags, and I get to stay with A.

Please check back here first thing tomorrow morning. It's A's birthday. If technology agrees, I have an assignment I'd like for people to help with in celebrating my favorite girl turning 30.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to see you had help in gathering all her stuff. That's one less thing for her to stress about. Also, I'd love to help with anything to celebrate the big 3-0!

    (This is Stephanie Bayer, by the way. Forgot you may not know me by justme;-)