I was there.
Toys R Us on December 24, baby. Be there or be square. All the happenin' folk were in the house groovin' on the sweet and relaxing holiday vibes... well, for me it was like that ;-)
I hate rushed, last-minute Christmas preparations. Almost as much as I hate low-flow toilets and waste-free lunches. I try to do things ahead of time when it comes to Christmas... even though I am, by nature, a procrastinator. That said, there is something about going shopping on that final day. Out in the world the adrenaline is high and the patience-threshold is low... people are FREAKING out.
Every couple of years I will venture out just to see the 'show'. Once I even went to Toys R Us after 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve... it was pretty empty... of people AND toys. My day-before-Christmas shopping is always just extras (I know the must-haves are long gone by that point) and the nice thing is that I can just bail if the scene gets too scary. I can be super nice to the cashiers and stock people and other shoppers
So I got my two things at TRU and headed over to Target. It was around lunch time. Miss C was getting testy. We had already been across town at the skating rink getting Baby X her Big Present From Santa (which I had totally forgotten about. Kept looking at the small bag of gifts for her, knowing something was missing but unable to determine what... then she read me her 'secret Santa list' on Thursday night... *doh* right! not supposed to keep that stuff secret, honey). Thankfully they had what I was looking for.
One can see the Target parking lot from the freeway. One can even see the access road.
Bumper to bumper.
Skipped it. Went home. Nap time for Miss C and wrapping fest for mommy.
My Cheer was tapped out.
And I knew I would be needing some at about 1 a.m.
I ended up still needing some at 2.