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December 16th, 2006

Dec. 16th, 2006

I was going to post this last night but I was so exhausted that I went to bed early. Well, early for me.

Yesterday, Mom and I went on a big (for us) shopping excursion. First, though, we needed lunch.

Running the gauntlet at The Cheesecake Factory.Collapse )

Next, Mom and I went to a music store, where I finally got more paper and a beginner's book about reading music (the amount of stuff I don't know is embarrassing). Then we went to a Catholic bookstore, where I bought two little 4" statues of St. Lucy (you can tell it's her by the plate with two eyes that she's holding) and St. Martha (who has the French dragon she'd tamed at her feet).

Then came Cabela's, hallowed ground for all camping, hunting, and fishing enthusiasts. The place is huge. It's so big that at the center of the store, there's enough room for a two-story (at least) man-made mountain covered with taxidermied animals from all over North America. Two rattlesnakes, a fox, prairie dogs, prairie chickens, ptarmigans, a coyote, a mountain lion, a black bear that was attacking a beehive and had bees all over his face, a grizzly bear, a polar bear, quails, and every antlered animal native to this continent. I felt really sorry for the animals, but if I didn't know any better, I'd swear the mountain lion's tail twitched. I kept thinking about that upcoming movie, Night At The Museum. Forget Teddy Roosevelt and a T-Rex skeleton, imagine being alone with these guys overnight. Mom bought Dad a pair of leather gloves and a new pair of slippers.

Target was next. I have to remember to go there next year, since they have the cutest little Christmas boxes, perfect for giftcards.

Finally, we went home. I think by that time it was 4:30. I can't remember the last time I spent that many hours shopping.