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Dec. 22nd, 2007 | 11:07 pm
mood: lazylazy
music: Girl Talk "Double Pump"

WHY? Was Santa too analog?

The first day of my vacation went really well. Sam woke up at 12:15, showered and left to watch the UNC-UCSB game with his brother (go Gauchos! Except not really, because your mascot is a South American cowboy WTF). I rolled around in bed for a bit then got up, had breakfast, and got my ass to Northgate Mall to finish my Christmas shopping.

The mall wasn't too crowded, but it was obviously having some issues accommodating all the people. As I was looking at potential gifts in Sears, various women behind me kept screaming every few seconds. I turned around and saw a small puddle of pink vomit that apparently no one else noticed until they stepped in it lol. Then, as further confirmation that I should never go to Sears, I was walking out toward the rest of the mall when I saw a huge swath of floor covered in pink vomit right at the entrance. An employee was there trying to block it with a shopping cart until it could be cleaned up. "Welcome to Sears, if you're going to ralph your Pepto, do it in the hardware section kthx."

I then elbowed my way down to Macy's and finally found what I was looking for, but the line at the nearest register was obscene so I went to the sunglasses section to pay. The woman working there was desperately trying to scan a pair of sunglasses for my old Intro to Cultural Anthropology professor, but she finally rang me up ("But I don't have any large bags." "Um that's fine. I just want to GTFO of here before I get eaten by small children.") and then I was on my way. I hope not to have to visit a mall again for several months.

Following that I went to the (gloriously empty!) gym and ran my face off while watching UCLA-Michigan on one TV and Tennessee-Xavier on the TV in my peripheral vision, then went grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. I <3 their frozen rice bowls, and broccoli-cauliflower-and-baby-carrots-all-in-one-bag, and all the other stuff I bought. I'm well-provisioned now and don't have to leave the house for the next week if I don't want to (though I obviously will to avoid insanity). And I got flowers! :D Back home, I ran into my cop neighbor in the hallway; hadn't seen him in 3 or 4 months, I think. I ate broccoli and carrots with chipotle hummus while putting away groceries and chucking old food, and then made dinner. I had an awesome big salad, and meatballs. I was going to have pasta and meatballs, but then I realized I didn't really want pasta. So, best dinner ever.

Now I'm at Sam's house, and we may watch Pan's Labyrinth if either of us actually feels like getting up off the couch and putting the DVD in. Eh. For a while after dinner I was lamenting the things I had not gotten accomplished today, but then I had to stop and remind myself that I have a week and a half of fabulous nothingness coming up, in which I can easily fit cleaning my bathroom and doing the laundry. Woo.

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from: liveintrees
date: Dec. 23rd, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
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I can't believe you braved the mall! I am always so horrified by everything when I venture in there the week before Christmas. Pink puke! D:

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 23rd, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Yeah it was a little insane, in retrospect. But now I'm done and just have to wrap things at my leisure. :)

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Mark

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from: mahka42
date: Dec. 23rd, 2007 09:49 am (UTC)
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gauchos! you rock.

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