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Train of Thought? Derailed

Christmas Song Lyric of the Day:

Wrap your presents to your darling from you / Pretty pencils to write I love you pretty paper pretty ribbons of blue

Willie Nelson
/ “Pretty Paper

I just got back from Target; I had to pick up more Christmas supplies, some groceries, and toiletries. And, wouldn’t you know it, I don’t particularly like Wal-Mart, so instead of going to the Wal-Mart three minutes from my house, I went all the way to the Maryville Target. At this point, I’d rather have the nicer shopping experience. Also, the Wal-Mart near my house? It’s been purse-snatcher central lately. Yet more incentive to stay away.

Anyhoo, I had a post subject in mind for tonight, but once I fired up my trusty MacBook and saw the headline “Britney Spears’ sister really is pregnant,” I got distracted and lost my train of thought. I mean, I know Jamie Lynn Spears is famous and makes her own money, but why is she — a 16-year-old — living with her 19-year-old boyfriend? Especially in light of her mother, Lynne Spears, being busy writing a book about — wait for it — family values. For a Christian publisher, natch. I’m guessing the book will probably get scrapped and that Jamie Lynn’s show, Zoey 101, will come to a quick and tidy end. As it is, last I checked, condoms and other forms of birth control are actually pretty affordable. Cheap, even.

You know, I could make jokes about how screwed up the Spears family is, but really, it’s all just too sad.

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The Soul-Sucking That Is Christmas Shopping

Christmas Song Lyric of the Day:

Bundled up against the cold / Lines wherever gifts are sold / Each shop window displays a Christmas scene

Barenaked Ladies
/ “Green Christmas

After having a fun time at my friend’s birthday party last night, which included playing
the Game of Life: The Simpsons Edition (longest game ever), eating way too many tacos, and staying up way too late, I spent most of today making lists of gifts I still have to shop for and then running all over town trying to cross everything off said lists.

What was it like, you ask? In short, I think 97% of Knoxvillians were out shopping today. The seventh circle of hell was centered around West Town Mall and the Centre at Deane Hill. I couldn’t even find a parking spot in the Turkey Creek shopping center that includes Borders, so I had to leave without getting everything crossed off my lists today. (Let me just say I never expected Best Buy to be the easiest store to get in and out of today.) Oh, and I gouged my hand open while picking up supplies at PetSmart and was basically dripping blood around the store. Good times. After hours of shopping hell, I got home late in the day and decided I just didn’t feel up to going to a Christmas party we’d planned on attending tonight. Thankfully, since Rich was also running around taking care of shopping errands today, too, he was on board with staying home and doing nothing. My nothing consisted of playing Rayman Raving Rabbids on the Wii, while Rich’s nothing consisted of playing games on his computer upstairs.

Sadly, we have to venture out again tomorrow and finish shopping and run more errands. As long as I don’t end up with another shopping-related injury, I’ll consider the day a success.

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