Monday, January 21, 2008


Today I spent most of my time working on a project for class. The two hours I wasn't doing that, I was shopping. Shamelessly. It came to my attention that Costco sells a box of fancy cards (birthday cards, wedding cards, condolence cards, thank you's, you name it!) that have cute decorations and tasteful sayings and stamped envelopes. There are 35 cards in that sucker and they are the sort of cards you find in the froo-froo section of most stores, usually near things that are breakable. The whole darn kit was $15! Why would something so wonderful be so inexpensive? I about died. So I bought that.

Then I went to Target and discovered you can buy a ceramic pot full of dirt and the seeds to make specific food things. Like a pizza kit or a salsa kit or just a tomato basil kit. I stood contemplating kits for a really, really long time. Embarrassingly long. I think twenty minutes just staring at one shelf. It felt so luxurious. Did I want a fancy lily in my house? Pizza herbs? Supplies to make my own chamomile tea??? I went with the pizza kit, which has pepper, basil, oregano, and parsley seeds. When I got it home, I discovered that the kit doesn't come with enough dirt to fill the pot. I have to go into my yard with a chisel and get some filler dirt. Why?

When I was on my way home with my cards and my dirt (and 92 Airborne tablets and 5 pounds of pretzels, etc.) I came to a four-way stop at the same time as a woman who was going to turn left. I was going straight, giving me the right of way. I was about to put the car in first gear and drive when the woman started waving me on. Like, "oh no, dear, you go ahead." As if she had the right of way. But she didn't. I did. When I didn't wave a little "Thank you!" wave, she glared at me like I was a jerk. I'm not thanking her for reinforcing my right of way! Not even on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No way. Why do people disregard traffic laws like that? It really grinds my gears.

1 comment:

Jane said...

I'm with you. People think traffic is solely about being polite, when it has to be about traffic rules first. Every day I have a new example of their stupidity about what really makes driving safe.