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Be Prepared, game day ahead

It never occurred to me to be worried as I pulled into the parking spot at Fred Meyer this morning.  It was just before noon and I knew I had time to do some quick shopping before the Seahawk game.  Imagine my surprise as I grabbed my cart and headed into the produce department.  The whole team was there! The jerseys were somewhat mismatched, but everyone but me had one.   Apparently I just walked straight into a two minute drill with the game tied and out of uniform.  Frantic pushing and shoving all  with their lethal weapons – the shopping cart.  I couldn’t wait to escape.  I headed to the meat department.  It was worse!  Steaks and burger was flying off the racks, if you could get to it.  The butcher was trying to restock the case (you wouldn’t want to miss out on a pre-game buying frenzy).  The goal line stance was amazing but these people had been practicing for weeks.  I feared for the little lady in the electric scooter caught between the 2 yard line and the goal.  I managed to get a couple of steaks then escape to the cleaning product aisle where I was momentarily safe.  I took a moment to check my play card only to realize I still had to get dry roasted nuts. Back to the snack food aisle where frantic hosts were grabbing everything off the shelf.  I slipped into the 12-item or less checkout with my 15 items hoping the referee wouldn’t catch me and penalize me 15 yards.  Whew!  He was looking the other way.  As I put the cart away in the parking lot I tried to warn the defenseless shoppers out of uniform.  I do believe they thought I was crazy.

Winners and sketchbooks

My day started off by winning the Table Topics trophy (pic to follow).  I am sure the rest of the group thinks it is so weird that I take a picture of the fleeting trophy but let them think what they want.  I need to be me.

I left the meeting on a high and hit Target for some early Christmas shopping.  Boy did I score!  Secret – if you get there by 8:30 you get your own personal shopper in the electronics/toy dept.  What fun I had.  I pushed my luck by asking about a new toy my granddaughter Hailoh told me about.  It is some gizmo that makes all your stuffed animals come alive and talk.  Huh, sounds cool.  Andy (personal shopper) had never heard of such a thing.  Neither had his coworker.  It turns out that this was a conversation she had with her mother.  She said she wanted that.  This is Heidi’s explanation:

Like Doc McStuffins has” she said. Doc McStuffins (if you’re not familiar) ; ) is a cartoon character that’s a stuffed animal/toy doctor and she has a magic stethoscope that makes her toys come to life and talk. She asked me if she could ask Santa for that, I said, “I don’t know if Santa has anything like that but you can certainly ask him and he’ll do his best I’m sure.” She said, “Nevermind, I’ll just ask Geema & Papa.” =P Apparently she has more faith in her Grandparents than in Santa Claus. =) hehe

This is a huge amount of pressure.  I now know what the big guy with the reindeer goes through.  This will take some serious work.

I finished my morning by going to the amazing sale at Coldwater Creek.  Once again early enough to have my own personal shopper.  A very dangerous place to have a personal shopper.  They have a high need to have you leave with a fancy bag full of stuff.  I am glad I made their day.

Lunch was a cinnamon crunch bagel with cream cheese at Panera.  Delightful! I sat near 3 women my age settled into a booth with sketch pads and colored pencils sketching away, the growing lunch crowd not even a distraction.  Welcome to my Fridays.