Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ode to Target

Once upon a time, I was a carefree girl, engaged to the love of my life, and I had no more responsibility than to get my oil changed occasionally. I was so anxious for that time of my life to be over - I was sick of being engaged and just wanted to get married and get on with my life. My, how foolish I was. I should have savored every minute of that blissfully romantic, happy period in life. Because it's gone forever.

One Saturday, Andrew was occupied with some ridiculous Air Force Academy thing, so I had the day by myself. Which NEVER happened - we spent every single minute together. Rather than sit alone sulking in my smoky-smelling, ghetto apartment, I went to Target. God's gift to retail. And I spent almost 5 hours there. I wandered up and down every single aisle, stopping to look at anything and everything that interested me. I tried on clothes, I looked at magazines, I picked out shoes and nail polish and jewelry, I took mental notes of how to decorate my future home...I did whatever I wanted. And it was one of the funnest things I've ever done by myself. (Gosh, that probably reveals alot about my personality...) I loved every minute of it. I didn't get bored, I didn't look at the clock, and I didn't wish I could leave. It was amazing.

These thoughts were brought sharply to my mind today after a trip to Target. You know how much I ADORE that store. It is a gift from heaven, and the only thing stopping me from moving in there and devoting every penny of Andrew's paycheck to the abundance of merchandise in there is Andrew himself. So I don't know why he thought it would be a good idea to take me there today to look at curtain rods. After all, it's coming up on Halloween: the beginning of the holiday season. And if you know me, you know I am OBSESSED with the last couple months of the year that contain all these fun celebrations. I start listening to Christmas music in October (yes, I am one of those people...don't hate on me), I make fun crafts, I bake yummy food...I do it all. And I love it. And Target has everything I could want or need (mostly want) - especially for the holidays. The Halloween decorations, the fall's to die for. Andrew told me after we left (in a hurry, because Eva started freaking out and it was lunch time) that he felt like he was chasing after three kids. Rude.

My Target time has gone from stress-free and relaxed to stressful and hurried. And since this is the first time we've lived anywhere near a Target since we got married, that makes me very sad. Maybe one day, when I'm in a walker and can't see anymore, I will once again be able to spend 5 full hours at Target with nobody telling me it's time to go. I can only hope that day will come.


Lisa said...

Don't worry- you will have your day at Target again someday! And it will be even better next time- because you will totally appreciate it!!

bones chick said...

I love to drop the kids off at school and roam Target with no worries about having to hurry. Just enjoy where you are now, this moment will be here for you all to fast.

Lindsay & Kenny Weston said...

I love Target too! Roaming around by myself would sound like something I would love to do! How about when we come up for Thanksgiving we let the boys take the kids and we can go wander to our heart's content. By the way, I can't believe you have waited this long to get a new driver's license! haha that cracks me up. And another by the way, I am anything but the perfect happy homemaker. I'm just not nearly as open about it as you are, so I think that leaves people to assume. Just ask Kenny. When I was cleaning up before you guys came he said, "wow, I wish your sister would come more often!" rude huh? I guess that shows how bad it is.

Chanel said...

Declan was in kindergarten and Decota was in Pre- school I started going to target every Tuesday. It was the day that they would put out all of the new items and mark everything down. I would pick out what I wanted when it went on sale and buy up all of the sale stuff. I sent hours there every Tuesday and loved every minute of it. I don't get to do that in Texas very much, and I miss it. Last year I did go to target and spent 5 hours tiring on bathing suits. I found the perfect 2- and was as happy as could be. The day will come again- for both of us!

Barney Family Blog said...

Stephanie,Stephanie... of course I remember you! I am so glad you follow my blog, and now I can follow yours. How is the great Northwest!! I have to admitt I am still very jealous you are there and not me. Not to mention you have a target there. Not fair!!
And I could not believe when I saw the picture of you guys holding your new baby!! Has that much time really past? I can't believe it!! Well congrats on the little guy!! And I love love name by the way, good choice!!
Love Kristen