Don’t Make Me Go Out

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I’m supposed to leave for a dance lesson in a little bit. I’m going to go but there are nights when all I really want to do is stay in. Happens most in winter when it is dark and cold and all I want to do is take a hot shower and relax.

It doesn’t help that I’ve got another headache. I don’t want to turn this into a rant about my sinus issues but it was predictable. Rain all day yesterday followed by a sharp drop in temperatures as a front passes by and my head feels like it going to explode. Just makes me dislike winter all the more.

Funny thing was that when I was working out this morning, I felt fine. Well, I had the headache when I got to the gym but then it went away while I was working out. And then it came back and has been with me the rest of the day. I suppose there is some scientific reason why the pain went away but the bad thing is that I couldn’t spend the entire day working out.

I did some additional Christmas shopping today. Picked a more mainstream mall which has suffered a little bit from the fact that most people like to shop online. The thing about shopping online is that I can do when I have a specific item in mind. Trying to browse through Amazon to find a gift doesn’t work that well for me. Mostly because I just get distracted and start clicking different choices and end up far away from where I started.

Anyway, this mall had two big anchor stores. One was very big when I was growing up and had a famous catalog and sold everything. But they hit hard times and have pretty much gone away. So there is now a gap at the end of the mall which is kind of sad. Progress I guess.

Didn’t manage to find much of anything. The problem is that I’m not buying clothing for anyone because I’m not about to guess sizes and style is a personal thing. That lets out about 85% of the mall stores. So I’m left looking for other “stuff” but nothing ever really speaks to me.

I kind of wish I could just bag the whole gift thing. I mean my nieces and nephews aren’t kids anymore and my brothers and sister are grown adults who really don’t need a lot of “stuff”. I know I’m going to get coffee because that’s a default gift but I don’t really need more coffee. Part of me just wants to make charitable donations and be done with it.

In the end, I’ll find a few little things and probably supplement it with the default “I couldn’t come up with anything” option of gift cards. I was actually doing that with the niece and nephews because what do I know about what kids want. Well that was after they grew out of the stage where I would just buy the gifts that made the most noise. (It what uncles with no children do)

I don’t want to sound like a Scrooge here. I’m not opposed to gifts. I just hate the thought of picking out some random object that sort of fits. But I’ve now gone through two major malls in two days and I’ve come up short. I guess tomorrow is another day.

Secretly, I think we are all on the same page but nobody wants to sound cheap and be the one saying we aren’t buying any gifts this year.

Well, I’m sure you don’t need to hear any more about my failure at Christmas shopping. Guess I’ll get my coat and brave the cold. What also sucks is that I need to get gas and I forgot to do it today when the sun was out. Not that it was any warmer but standing in the dark with the wind blowing waiting for the tank to fill up is about as bad as it gets.

I’ll leave on a positive note. Sometimes, cartoons have the right idea.

In today’s world, that idea might seem a little radical.

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