The first half of my weekend was amazing… and honestly, the second half was meant to be good too.
We went shopping today to get some much needed Christmas gifts ticked off our list.
We got some stuff… there is still quite a bit to go…
But my recurring pains meant the day was not as happy-go-lucky as I’d expected.
Like I do all the time on this blog, I tried really hard to find the positive. And despite not really understanding what the hell is going on, there was some really simple, understated happiness to the day…
Axil Coffee Roasters.
The cafe at Chaddy was so good, we stopped there twice. Once for lunch…
And then after some more shopping, for coffee.
Now, I really should’ve taken the table photo of the coffee, and not just my cap, because honestly, the brownie, doughnut and danish we ordered alongside our 3pm pick-up would have made you DROOOOOOL.
This place brought the goods today. When other things failed, and I was getting down, this cafe hit the mark every time…
You go to the shops with your brood. Somewhere like Target, hell, even Safeway (Woolies for you young folk 😉)
Your child asks you, “can I have a toy?”
“You already have a million toys.”
“Just one more, please?”
(It is ALWAYS one more).
This was baby girl and I today. I had to grab some bread after work, and so we headed down to the local shopping centre…
But we had time to kill afterwards, and so we strolled around.
We ended up in Target.
Soon she was asking me that question.
“Can I have something, please?”
“Find something for $2 okay! $2 only!”
Now, before you accuse me of being a cheapskate, be mindful that this girl has gotten a gazillion toys during shopping centre walks. She doesn’t need any more, and yet…
There we were, walking around for toys.
I called it early, and said let’s go home… there was nothing for $2, hell, even the chewing gum was probably $2.50. (It ain’t 1990 anymore).
But she was desperate. This young shop-a-holic was looking around, frantic to find something, anything to take home…
And then she found it.
A bloody singing reindeer.
And perhaps unbeknownst to her, but it GOT ME.
Because it’s Christmas-y you see. And I LOVE Christmas. In fact, the thought of Christmas is saving me this year.
This reindeer sings “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” while his antlers and nose flash up. It is pretty cool, and he is pretty cute.
$2 though? Hell no! This was $19, but I always knew she wasn’t going to find something for $2, just as I knew a ‘stroll’ through the shopping centre would lead to this. 😉
This singing reindeer actually reminded me of a sweet memory I had from a few years ago. We were living on the other side of town, and it was late October. We had just gone into Big W, the Christmas decorations were up already (of course) and baby girl had been standing in the trolley, falling in love with this singing and dancing Christmas tree on the shelf that sang “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. And so we got it. And I just remember the amused expression on my face as we went through the centre, baby girl in the trolley pressing the button so the toy tree would sing the Christmas song on repeat, with people around us turning as we passed, curious about the noise, also perhaps wondering why the hell they could hear a Christmas song and it was only October…
But, I loved it.
I wonder if today’s shopping trip will go down in the memory bank like that one… 😊
It was probably to our advantage though that we got there so late. There were still plenty of people about, so you can imagine how crazy it would have been earlier in the day.
And look, probably good for our wallets too, that we weren’t there for so long.
It was busy, it was fun, and it was magical.
Magical? Magical how? What, I assign magic to going back to shopping…?
Well, kind of…
Check this out:
We set baby girl a challenge a week ago… and nevermind what it was, but she did well, and this was her prize. This longed for bloody crystal flyer that’s been all over the freaking kids channels on TV. 🙄
IT FLIES, you see. You charge it with a usb (just as well so I don’t bleed my money out on batteries) and then it just propels into the air from its stand, and you place your hand underneath it AS IT HOVERS.
So it sounds simple, right?
This fairy bashed into our walls, cupboards, got tangled in our hair (YES) dozens and dozens of times, before baby girl got the knack of it.
Above, she is getting the knack.
So, it was a pretty magical day, in a way.
A fairy bashed into all corners of our house, but after practice, magic happened. ✨
Even though I HATE when people justify. Because when people justify, they aren’t trying to convince you…
They’re trying to convince themselves.
Like, stop making excuses for whatever it is you’re making excuses for. I once told a serial justifier, to stop justifying themselves, THAT’S how much I can’t stand it.
And yet I find myself in the same predicament today.
Having to justify myself, to you.
Or me, I guess?
That’s the state of our hyper-alert, alarmed and aware world at the moment, isn’t it?
Because even though it’s been 3 months that I’ve –
Seen my family.
Gone anywhere AT ALL.
Oh, just grocery shopping…
And today… it was 3 months ’til we’ve been to a shopping centre!
Yes, 3 months, as of today. The drought was broken.
I was second guessing this morning… Like, should we? There are 5 reasons to go out amidst these ongoing restrictions, and heading to a massive shopping centre… well maybe if I tell you what we got you can decide for yourself how ‘essential’ the trip was.
Hubbie got new work jeans.
I needed new jeans… I’d worn in the last ones and they were literally bursting at the seams.
We needed new pillows.
A small toy for baby girl (because entertainment, and sanity?)
And also, Hubbie got some Michael Jordan clothes, like the rest of the world has gone to do after watching The Last Dance, such was the low stock we experienced in the sports store.
So all in all, it was’ kinda,’ ‘sorta,’ ‘not really,’ and ‘absolutely’ essential shopping…
We were amazed at the volume of people. Just astounded. There were actually droves of people everywhere, and the 1.5 metre rule was out the window… people didn’t care. You were lucky to get half a metre of space between you and the next stranger, change rooms were open, and people were so nuts they were even brushing past and making physical contact (shock horror!) as they flew around.
Where are the restrictions? Not at Chaddy today, NO WAY.
Were they doing ‘essential’ shopping? Should I even be questioning them at all when we were there ourselves, adding to it?
Have we been too strict all this time? Or are people letting go of the reigns, and letting the horses roam the fields big time now that cases are starting to stabilise?
This will be up for discussion in a future Friday night conversation, to be sure.
I still don’t know what is acceptable, if we should’ve gone, and if any of this is worth it. If any of these restrictions are worth it when people are congregating together despite the rules.
Despite the rules, we still applied hand sanitiser, at every twist and turn. Entering a shop… exiting a shop. It was everywhere, as well as two tubes I had in my bag.
As we said before we left the house –
“If someone looks at you, sanitise.”
“If someone smiles, sanitise.”
“If someone looks like they’re going to fart, sanitise.”
We did it all day long.
And how can I forget the most important purchase today…
Two new records. Two new albums to add to our slowly growing collection, and two musical artists/bands who I admire with all I have.
That’s the thing about isolation. Deliveries are always exciting, but the anticipation of them goes up several notches when it’s what you’re relying on as your retail therapy.
Only it’s delayed.
There was one item I couldn’t wait to get, and it wasn’t even for me…
Bright yellow Emma wiggle pyjamas.
It wasn’t even a luxury… new pjs became necessary last week when two holes appeared in two different sets of pyjamas of hers… two!
It’s as if as soon as I ordered them, the old ones willed themselves to tear.
Baby girl was so rapt when she saw her surprise… she put them on straight away to try.
At lunchtime. I had to force her out of them and back into normal clothes.
I don’t know what it is about the colour yellow… it’s not just knowing baby girl loves her new set, but it’s the way the colour is reflective of her, and just lights up the room with happiness, cheer, love.
My T2 delivery arrived today. I have been out of Melbourne Breakfast Tea for weeksnow. I ordered that, alongside some new chai (smells heavenly) and a cute little surprise bunny mug for baby girl… her new fave. 🙂
But the surprise came from sis and family. Because from them, we received an Easter package, filled with chocolate, activities for baby girl, Easter miscellaneous items, and most importantly LOVE.
There is nothing quite like filling the current monotony of life, with online deliveries, surprises, and love. ♥♥♥