Friday, December 04, 2009

Plastic Is A Sure Thing

I've spent the last three days Christmas shopping in Phoenix. I got almost everything on my list and can say with the exception of my East Coast family (who, if I decide to get them anything, will be getting it after Christmas), I'm pretty close to done.

Thing is, it just doesn't feel like Christmas shopping when it's 70 degrees out. OK, maybe it was like 65. But still; no snow, no cold, no dreary overcast weather. I was wearing flip-flops for God's sake!

I'm pretty sure you only have to read my blog for like, five minutes, to know I don't like the heat. And when I have to leave a store because it's too hot to shop, you know I'm not a happy camper. I had to do that twice. Once I was alone and once I was with Ed and just said quickly, and as if I were delirious, Ihavetogetoutofherebecauseit'ssofuckinghotI'mgoingtothrowup. I waited outside on the sidewalk for him. In the shade.

But, that little incident aside, the good part is that not only were all of my shopping spots within ten miles of the hotel, but there was also a Dunkin' Donuts two miles away! That meant shopping fuel every morning, which I desperately need since I'm not really a big fan of shopping. Sometimes I think I am, until I get out there and realize that I do much better with a list and the in-and-out technique. Well, unless I'm in a makeup store; then I can wander around forever.

The reason I'm so excited about the shopping being nearly done is because these three days are really the only time off I'll have on this gig until we get back home on December 22nd. I wanted to get the bulk of it done now, and I did. There are a few last minute things I have to do which I can either get done over the course of the next two weeks, or in those last few days before Christmas. I am definitely that person you see at the twenty-four hour Walgreen's on Christmas Eve. What? Sometimes it happens.

We drove 7,200 miles in six days last week. The run we start tomorrow won't be as bad though, only 4,400 miles. By the time the twenty days of this UPS run are over, we'll have driven 23,747 miles. So I'm thinking I won't really want to be at Walgreen's at midnight this year.

I think I might have to dedicate some of my "on-duty-not-driving" time to, because there is no way on earth I'm giving up sleep time for shopping. I'll buy a damned gift card before I do that.

Hellooo, my little plastic lifesaver.

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Gil said...

Do you really drive close to 24 hours a day on this run? God Bless you two!

The Daily Rant said...

Gil: Yep, that's exactly what we do. Drive, sleep, eat. Rinse and repeat. Pretty much any time you think of us over the next two weeks, we'll be doing one of those things...mostly driving though. LOL

It'll be over soon enough though...

Leigh Hutchens Burch said...

I enjoyed catching up on all your recent posts.

Congrats on the new addition to the truck -- tv, tv, tv. I'd be salivating a bit.

As for the plastic, I find that it is the preferred gift for many on my list. I am not much of a shopper either, and my hubs has, like, TEN cousins we buy for. They vary in age from ten to eighteen. Among them there is only one girl.

It's a shopping nightmare. Giftcards from Barnes & Noble for all!

Jane said...

Well.. Its really very creappy when its very hot outside with the raised temperature and thinking to go out for the shopping in such cases…it’s a big deal..

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