Target Damn It!

It’s been quite awhile since I last posted.  Or so it feels.  I’m feeling totally random and neurotic (more than usual) today so you may or may not follow my brain stream here.

I realized 15 minutes ago that it’s been at least a *month* since I last visited Target.  Imagine the things I’m missing out on – The Back-To-School clearance sales, the new Halloween decorations to contemplate, paper products and chocolate.  The chocolate alone damn it!  OK…truth be told, it hasn’t been a month.  But it sure feels like it.  I have significantly cut back on my Target visits over the last year.  Sometimes I don’t make a visit for a whole week.  Can you understand the restraint this takes?  Sometimes it’s just nice to walk around and see what kind of cool stuff is on an end cap and not widely advertised (Orla Kiely’s service ware anyone?)  It’s calming.  Like a way to reground myself after a hectic day at the office or escape from my lovely extroverts.

It is incredibly stressful for me at work right now.  I’m overdue on some deliverables that should have been completed last week.  Granted, I don’t have all the answers and resources right now, but still, overdue tasks do not sit well with me.  Striving to get it all done by 5pm Friday so I don’t have to work the weekend and instead focus on things like gin and red wine and sleep.

Not necessarily all together or in that order.

And then!  My high school reunion.  I’m beating myself over the head for not checking first if the buddies I want to see are actually going.  Or that it would even happen since people aren’t sending in any money or RSVPs.  ‘Cause I bought this insane travel time plane ticket for Thanksgiving weekend at a premium.  That a week later was $90 less.  Damn you price predictor – I shake my fist at you!  So next is looking into pushing the ticket out and what fees that is going to incur.  Frick.  Frickety Frick Frick!!

Plus a bunch or other personal stuff, personal personal that I don’t want to go into here.  I’m not terminally ill is so breathe a sigh of relief there, thanks.

I think I’ll knock off a bit early today and go to Target.  I’ll start my shopping list now:

  • Chocolate
  • Check Halloween costumes, scope out ideas for A
  • Halloween Chocolate
  • Band Aids (both child and adult)
  • Cheap t-shirts?
  • Gift Wrap/Card for Baby Shower
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Funky cool thing I haven’t seen before
  • Pack of gum
  • uh…..other stuff

See you there.

Movie Credits

Last night Norman and I had a date night while A was at a sleepover.  We had a yummy dinner at Boom Noodle.  Then across the street for District 9 (freaking great movie BTW). 

Here’s my point –

Movie over, and mass exit of the theater.  A few people remained in seats to watch the credits.  Norman and I included.  I cannot remember exactly when I began staying in the theater to watch the credits.  It’s been awhile now.  Believe me, it’s not about the teasers some movies include at the end (think Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Iron Man).

For me, it’s about respect.  Have you ever looked at HOW many people it takes to create a movie.  How many extras may be a part of a production?  ALL the CG/animators/special effects geniuses there are?  Sure – most of what we hear about in the news are the actors, directors and producers.  Even the awards ceremony is done separate from the Oscars or Emmys or whatever awards show.  When they show the clips, you see how proud people are.  They should be – they were involved in creating some spectacular movies. 

Think about it.  Can you spare another 5 minutes of your day to watch the credits?  You can check out the music and perhaps key into that one song during the movie that moved you to tears, or made you want to dance.  Sometimes you see pretty entertaining things like “robot eye mechanics adviser” or “snake charmer” or “no aliens were hurt in the making of this movie”.  I kid you not. 

Try it out.  You may find that you like it.  Come on…everybody’s doing it…