Thursday, April 10, 2008

it's a thin line between love & hate...

Hi, my name is Celeste and I am a Targa-holic. Yes, I know, it's shameful. I suppose it's a step up from being addicted to Wal-Mart, but I literally go there nearly everyday. Does that make me a shallow person? I don't know, I'll let God judge, but my thinking on the subject is currently this:

Due to the extremely convenient proximity of my neighborhood SuperTarget store, I have lost the ability to get everything I need for the next few days in one shopping trip. My brain knows that it would not be a big deal to have to run back to the store, so I never seem to be able to think of everything I need when list-writing time comes.

Take today for example. Panties. Princess panties. Somehow they became a priority high enough on my list to risk a diaper-free trip to the store. (It was a complete potty-training success, by the way!) Either that or the past two days of potty-training have made me a bit cabin-feverish and I HAD TO GET OUT OF THE FREAKING HOUSE!!! So, yeah, princess panties were good enough reason to run to Target.

If I weren't so lazy I would go scan this receipt in and show you evidence of what happens to me when I go to Target.

Today it was this:

What would have, for any sane person, been a ten dollar maximum trip to Target for a pack of princess panties, became a TWO-HUNDRED-AND-FORTY-EIGHT-DOLLARS-AND-SEVENTY-EIGHT-CENTS random crap purchase-a-thon. Am I alone in this problem with Target? Am I honestly the only person who absolutely must have a forty dollar palm sander when I had never thought of owning one before? And you know the worst part? I'm not taking it back. I have decided that, yes, I really do need that palm sander and I have spent the evening making sure that I didn't get totally ripped off without first researching prices for said palm sander. And I actually seem to have gotten a fairly good price. huh, who'd have thought?

So, yeah, let's see, here is a summary of my line of thinking that eventually accumulated to $248.78:

Toddler Panties (at least I didn't forget what I even came in for, like I often do) $8.54
Divided Toddler Dining Tray (useful for newly enforced toddler food apartheid laws) $2.99
Matching Monkey Cup (Sawyer will have to learn to use cups without lids at some point) $1.99
OXO dish brush (this product is God's gift to me; no touching gross dishes) $2.99
Hoover filter replacement (cannot decide if this is worth the price, spring cleaning???) $39.99
Twin box spring cover (for nasty, free classified box spring for Sawyer's bed) $12.99
Twin waterproof mattress cover (for no doubt soon to be pee-d on mattress) $19.99
Layette Set (baby shower gift for cute little Becky friend) $19.99
Palm Sander (already addressed this one) $39.99
14Volt Drill (we actually do need this, ours recently passed away.) $54.99
2 muffin tins (cupcake wedding cakes are all the rage; business expense.) $9.38

So yeah, please tell me I'm not the only one who gets lost in a consumer driven frenzy in places like this.


Kierstin said...

You already know how I feel about Target. I have a testimony of Target. My feelings are too sacred to put into trivial words.

Anonymous said...

celeste this is trudy. i read your blog but i have never commented. i too used to have a target problem. i am recovering slowly due to the fact that i have no money to spend since we are in law school. i used to live about 3blocks away so i would go at least 3 to 4 times a week. i love target! there are two major contributers to my success of not going there a ton 1. i moved 2. my husband is in law school. good luck! this is really long...sorry

Kierstin said...

What the freak!!! Trudy comments on your blog but not mine? I see who is favorite in this friendship circle. You suck.

The Neilson Family said...

What in the HECK is a palm sander. I'm going to have to google that one, my dear. ...and no - you are totally not the only one that is addicted to Target. Well, at least I was until they wouldn't let me take back two identical diaper bags from off my registry. That made it a little easier to say - FINE! - I'll see you next week instead of tomorrow!

E/S MILLER said...

Celeste---born to shop. You are the greatest shopper ever. But I am not smart enough to use Targets Bridal Registry.
We love your blog.

Jana said...

Target is way, WAY better than Wal-Mart.

Alana said...

I feel your pain... In fact, I'm surprised we've never ran into each other there!

Jessica Kettle said...

I just want you to know, you are not alone.

I can't wait to go to Seattle! We'll have so much fun, that is if you can handle my wild family. We'll have to start planning what we are going to do while the boys GOLF!

Emily said...

Oh my gosh this is hilarious because I just got back from a target trip. Of course I got way more then I should have, it is so silly. I do that every time too. I went to get dog food and came away with toothpaste, clothes for Bella, and more crap. I have decided I can no longer go there unless I am accompanied by my husband (he is good at keeping me in check). Anyways I am glad I am not the only one that does that.

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Nathalie Uy said...

Good vibes. Everyday, all day. God Bless :)