Notes from a rainy Thursday morning

Apparently twinsets are out. Did you know that? I didn’t know that twinsets ever went out of style, but the stores I was in last night did not have any. Maybe it’s more of a summer thing for stores to carry. I sure hope so. If not, expect my one-woman campaign to bring back twinsets, because I have a lot, and I need to be able to keep wearing them.

When I was shopping with my mom last night, I was honestly kind of disappointed. It wasn’t very crowded, which isn’t really surprising for the middle of the week, but it’s probably the only time I will be out “Christmas” shopping. I wanted to fight over the last sweater! Knock someone down over the perfect pair of khakis! Snake someone for the closest parking place! Instead, there was tons of open parking, and the stores weren’t crowded at all. So unfair.

On the way home from shopping, I called one of my friends. She has just recently gotten back from a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan, and this was the first time we had gotten to talk on the phone since her return. We have been friends since we were in the first grade, so there’s a lot of history there. It’s great that we always seem to be able to pick up where we left off. She is dating this guy who sounds great for her, and I’m so happy that she’s happy. We joked a bit about how much her parents love me (“The daughter they tried four times to have”) and how much my parents love her (“You realize that the real test is whether my dad approves of him”). We talked for 45 minutes, and we could have gone on talking for hours and hours, but my phone was dying and I hadn’t seen Mike all day. It’s a good feeling to connect with an old friend.

You know that song, “Baby it’s Cold Outside?” The one in Elf? Neither Mike nor I had heard that song before we saw Elf a few weeks ago, but suddenly it’s everywhere. On the radio, friends mentioning it, even a lady singing it as she came out of Petite Sophisticate last night. How does that happen?

I have been a little stressed this week with our impending trip to Nashville. Packing and changing plans and wanting to make things as convenient as possible for Jason and Alisa. I’m really excited about going, though. Last night Mike and I were talking about the trip, and how in general we have a rule that we don’t go out to eat in a group larger than six, because it stresses me out. And takes forever. But that kind of thing doesn’t really get to me when I’m hanging out with my .net friends. There are a lot of reasons for that, like not worrying as much about what they think and feeling more secure about my place within the group. In some ways I feel as if I am the most “myself” around my .net friends. So, even though it’s a little stressful to think about actually getting to Nashville, I am just going to try to enjoy myself this weekend. I feel like this trip is our Christmas present, and I plan to live it up as much as I can (which means going to sleep earlier than everyone else, because I don’t want to be grumpy, so if you are planning on making fun of me for going to bed, well, just don’t. hehe).

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