Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Who stuck the target on me?

Ever leave the house and feel that both your clothing and your car have big targets on them? I could live with a Kick Me sign if it meant Donald and Goofy were my only worries.
Yesterday I went to Joann's to get Christmas print fabric. Between the fabric on sale and a $10 off coupon, I am covering three 8' tables and making bread basket liners for under $30. I was happy. Until I left the store. I didn't notice it, but apparently a target was attached to my cute little car.

Silly ole me...following rules that would make my high school driving instructor proud...I was driving within a lane in the parking lot. Cars were parked in their proper spaces. Silly cars. By doing so, they blocked the view of the %*$# idiot who almost sideswiped me while driving much too fast diagonally across the lot.
She had the nerve to glare at me when she slammed on her brakes! Oh to be Kathy Bates' character in the parking lot scene of Fried Green Tomatoes. Do you recall it? If not, here is a link to that clip: Click here

Next I stopped at Kroger, hoping to get everything I needed for the rest of the week. My son and daughter-in-law are having Thanksgiving dinner. I am making the stuffing, lemon meringue pie and had hoped to try this dessert called Pumpkin Lust Cake that I just discovered this past weekend. If you read the recipe and the blogger's comments, you'll know that this ingredient
could be difficult to find.  Ha!  I live for a challenge! I tied my Super Hero cape on, unaware that it too, had a target on it. I had carts rammed into me, someone walked off with my cart by mistake (humorous apology made that incident fun) and more than the usual number of shoppers who stopped at that midpoint in the aisle that prevents anyone from passing on either side.

I noticed lots of expressions that looked like these. I hope my face didn't look like either one!
Kroger disappointed me, not at just one store but three. One of the Kroger stores was next to an Archiver's (scrapbook) store. I spent almost as much in there as I did at the original Kroger where I bought groceries for the week. We won't discuss that with hubby just yet. No sense in both of us feeling agitated. Photobucket

Meijer stores are a chain in Michigan and Ohio. I avoid grocery shopping there because the stores are huge like Super Walmart stores, but in I went on the quest for the pudding mixes. I needed two. Meijer had one left. I bought it and another seasonal pudding mix, Classic Turtle.
I hope to make the dessert with pumpkin at one end of the 9x13 pan, and this at the other. Wish me luck. If you are venturing out amid crazy drivers, either in their vehicles or behind shopping carts, I wish you luck too. 



Jaclyn Hicks said...

You are a brave one! We finished our shopping a few days ago, and even in our small town, the store was packed. Thank goodness my hubby is a good shopper, otherwise I'm not sure we would have a turkey! I usually go shopping after 7 pm to avoid too many people....I'm kind of a hermit/crowd-a-phobic. Happy Thanksgiving!

Blondie's Journal said...

I had a similar experience in Costco the other day! People were trying to run me over with their carts, I swear! And I was amazed at the people who were there to buy only 3 things...brave souls.

I shop at Meijer when in Michigan, too. You are so right about the size. They have everything...if you can find it!

I hope the rest of your holiday plans are going well!


Chatty Crone said...

You are so brave - I have never seen the turtle one! sandie

Sewconsult said...

We must have been in a parallel universe yesterday. I, too, wanted to do a Kathy Bates. I was simply amazed at how people could be in a state of oblivion with their children either running every where, pushing a cart into other carts or kids pulling items off the shelves and saying, "buy this bread, buy this bread, Mama, buy this bread, buy this bread....If I had not been so tired, it would have made for a great video for America's Greatest Home Videos.
Have a great Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

I try to avoid stores as much as possible during the holiday season. I have never went shopping on black friday. So yes you are a very brave lady but that dessert loks like it would be good. Please let us know. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Thank you for all of the wonderful posts you write :>)

SkippyMom said...

Ooooh if I didn't want to pay more on my insurance I would love to just ram those self entitled little twits as they drive sideways through the parking lot. Such a pet peeve.

You jello salad sounds interesting. My family refuses to allow me to make anything with jello for holidays. Dang party poopers. I love the stuff.

I hope you have a Thanksgiving as FABULOUS as you are!

Rudee said...

I got up bright and early Monday and headed over to Holiday Market in Royal Oak. Not a soul was there--just me and the staff. I finished Thanksgiving shopping in record time, dealt with no rude people or cart smashers and left the parking lot without any close calls. In the past, I've done Thanksgiving shopping at midnight at Meijers and the result has been the same. Either way, it gets the job done with little human interaction. I highly recommend that. If I go back into the store (someone ate all the grapes last night that were destined for my Cranberry Waldorf Salad), I'll look for the pumpkin pudding for you.