Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It's Starting....

The Christmas packages are starting to arrive!

I received these two boxes from my mother:

It's always been a tradition of hers to send a bunch of small presents for us to open up prior to Christmas. Starting in December we can pick one and open it. Mind you, nothing is expensive. These are all small presents. When she did this while we were in England one of the presents was those Force Flex garage bags. Tom looked baffled when I opened the gift and garbage bags rolled out.

"Uh? What kind of present is that?" he asked.

I had to explain the whole small present thing again. He understands now. When we got some Christmas plastic bags last year he didn't even bat an eyelash.

Tommy is thrilled. He keeps asking when he can open one.

"December 1st," I explained to him.

"What's it gonna be?" he asked, touching a gift.

"I don't know," I answered.

Because I seriously don't. It could be anywhere from plastic wrap to a book.

Anyhow, this morning I had to run to the commissary (grocery store) to pick up a few remaining items for Thanksgiving.

I knew it was probably a bad idea when I saw all the cars in the parking lot.

But I had to get eggs. And I knew it would only be worse tomorrow.

So I braved the crowds and went in.

Actually, it wasn't so bad. Of course you had a bunch of elderly people trying to look for a certain stuffing brand and when they realized the store didn't have it they looked insulted.

I did pick up some Apple Jacks and Corn Pops for 33 cents each.

They were having a special sale in the back and were all, "Anyone want some cheap cereal? 33 cents!"

My ears perked up at that.

When she handed me the box I checked for the expiration date. Surely the cereals had to be going bad or something?

But nope. They don't expire until 2009.


And okay, I really don't even LIKE Apple Jacks but for 33 cents a box I'll force myself to.

Even though I went in the store to only pick up a few things I somehow managed to walk away with a cart full of stuff.


Now I just have to concentrate on not burning the turkey on Thanksgiving.


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