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Target Danger - cellophane
the story of an invisible girl
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Target Danger
When I walked into Target this evening after work, I was immediately distracted by the cute juniors clothing. I browsed through the silly t-shirts, and then convinced myself that I did not need to buy any capris right now. After looking through more of the sporting clothes, I found my attention caught by the Home Decor section.

Picture frames! I need picture frames...I have all kinds of photographs just leaning against my books, because they have no frames. So I looked at everything and finally settled on 3 nice ones. One metal, one purple acrylic, and one wooden.

I pushed my cart out of the Home aisle, and started walking down the main aisle of Target, looking around. I walked past two more branches, checking to see if they held anything I was looking for.... It was around then that I stopped and asked myself aloud, "Why am I here?"

I couldn't remember. I no longer had any idea what I was shopping for, or why I'd thought that stopping at Target was what I wanted to do.

Well. Hopefully, I thought, if I just keep shopping, I'll find whatever it is I'm looking for.

I continued to push my cart down the aisles, looking at everything, stopping at whatever caught my eye. I was in a random and spontaneous mood, and things kept jumping into my cart. Cat stuff. A new razor. A carbon monoxide detector. An outdoor thermometer. New shoes (ooh, that was one of my original goals, I realized! I wanted some cheap flat-soled shoes for work!). Dish-washing detergent. Four boxes of facial tissues. Printer paper (ah-ha, another planned item! I wanted photo paper to try in my new printer just in case it arrived.). Breakfast bars.

I was pretty out of control, and I was even trying to practice some restraint! I put back the 3 12-packs of Diet Pepsi I'd started to pack into my cart. I convinced myself that I didn't need an iron, batteries, new pillows, a storage bin, nor an 8-to-1 memory card reader. I forcefully told myself I wasn't allowed to buy any food, because I was hungry. (Somehow the breakfast bars sneaked their way in anyway.)

Almost one hundred seventy-five exhausting dollars later I staggered out of the store, my cart laden down with all kinds of stuff I hadn't known I needed. Target is a dangerous place, especially when I am tired, hungry, and forgetful. I couldn't even carry all of that crap into my house; I left the (quite heavy) cat litter and cat food in my trunk. I'll deal with it soon, when the cats need it...they don't just yet.

On the plus side, my efforts to bribe the UPS were successful! The bag of candy was gone, and the printer was left by my side door, tucked under the newly-removed lid of my recycle bin. Much rejoicing commenced.

Unfortunately now that I've eaten and had A over to pick up her team photo, I'm too tired to actually try setting it up. I'll have to play with it tomorrow. Something to look forward to, at least....

[update: It turns out I was wrong. I'm not capable of leaving my shiny new printer unopened and going to bed at a decent hour. It's 2am. I've set it up and played with it; I've printed out two very cool photos, and I'm happy with my new toy! Now I must go to sleep.]
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jebra From: jebra Date: May 3rd, 2004 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Target is a very, very dangerous place. I only go there with the greatest caution. Worse yet is the fact that Costco is on my way home from Target. If there even one item that I couldn't find at Target, into Costco I go.

And it's just as dangerous, only in bulk.
juliebata From: juliebata Date: May 3rd, 2004 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Staying focused and on Target...

I never go to Target without a list, if I forget that list, I'll forget why I came. Soon, like you, I'll be wandering the aisles, buying everything I can afford!

Yay on the UPS delivery, glad your driver was open to reason!

sandstar From: sandstar Date: May 3rd, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I buy most of my prescription medications at Target, and sometimes I have to wait for them to be filled. I have to be very careful while I walk up and down the aisles during the wait.

What's neat though, is I get $10.00 gift cards for new RX's filled there, and I saved them up once and bought some goodies I wanted.

I always see tons of things I want in there, and so does Ari.
Too bad they don't have a lay-a-way...

:) for the UPS.
From: davidp5382 Date: May 4th, 2004 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Playing with your new stuff is always irresistable. Target ahead! Danger, Will Robinson!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: May 4th, 2004 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Heheheheh... you are a very silly girl. Glad you got a CO detector. Also glad you didn't wander onto an artillery or rifle range and get hit accidentally, which is what I initially thought you meant by target danger. Good bribery!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 5th, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes, that would have been even scarier! Glad I made you laugh. (: (:
cannibal From: cannibal Date: May 6th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
You always make me laugh. ;-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 6th, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
...cuz I'm funny-lookin'? *grin*
cannibal From: cannibal Date: May 6th, 2004 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
yup. more'n most people, even!
operatic From: operatic Date: May 4th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Just think what would have happened if you'd walked into Meijer's! ;)

(I miss Meijer's...)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 5th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah yes, Meijers! An excellent place to visit at 2am, but I dread going there during the daytime. Too crowded and chaotic.

Are you from this area? I don't know how far Meijers spreads....
operatic From: operatic Date: May 5th, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not from MI; I just spent several of the happiest summers of my life there. I miss TC in the summer greatly...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 6th, 2004 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes, now I remember that you mentioned TC before!
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: May 4th, 2004 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Target doesn't do that for me. Home Depot, yes.
eviljohn From: eviljohn Date: May 4th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my god yes. Lowes/HD is the big boy's toy store. Tammy dosen't like going with me because it's never a quick stop.
balrog_gamer From: balrog_gamer Date: May 4th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Book Stores... I have always thought that I could easily blow thousands of dollars in a good book store, if given 1/2 a chance...

Micro Center or ZAK computer are tempt-worthy also.

EB Games is also a bad influence, and so conveniently located - only 2 miles away from my house! :P
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: May 4th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't read nearly as much as I used to, so bookstores don't have that effect anymore. Cost Plus is very dangerous though.
joline From: joline Date: May 4th, 2004 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)
aaaah! target does that to me too! it's terrible! i mean... they have cute, relatively cheap housewares, and i have a new apartment to fill!

that's the difference between target and wal-mart. i go in to wal-mart, i grab my laundry detergent or whatever, and i hurry back out, before i get lost in a sea of cleaning products or toilet paper packages or something. at target, though, i *always* end up buying picture frames or dishes or rugs that i didn't know i needed.
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: May 4th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Deja vue all over again?

"I need shorts"

now this is wild.... two LJ friends making two independent comments on their separate Target shopping experiences all on the very same day!!!

very wild!

yes... new toys can NEVER seem to stay in their boxes overnight... (I had a SCSI hardrive once that flatly refused to go to sleep alone in its own box... even though it took me the better part of the night, and plenty of curse words, all in the name of installing it next to its friends in a nicely snug case...)
;-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 5th, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Deja vue all over again?

heehee! Maybe it was Target-Day, and we didn't even know....

It is impossible to leave new toys unopened. I don't know why I even bothered to try. (:
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: May 6th, 2004 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Deja vue all over again?

:-)
so long as you don't end up injuring your self in the process....
silly girl doing contortionist gymnastics with a bumb knee!

;-p
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 6th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Deja vue all over again?

I know, I'm insane! It's true!

I will try very hard not to injure myself though. Promise. *grin*
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