the christmas shopping beast awakes

And so it begins... the great gaping maw of the Beast called Christmas has finally cracked open in earnest, belching the scent of slightly sour cranberries and peppermint across the land...

Okay, sorry, got a little carried away with that particular word picture...

But we did start our Christmas shopping officially this week. Which wasn't really the plan... well, we didn't really have a plan...

This was the first week in the last several that we've actually done the full shopping experience, and we ended up making a fairly big day out of it.

We started as usual with the Supermarket Safari... which was about as interesting/boring as usual... although the very hot fruit and veg guy who I regularly lust after is obviously taking part in Movember this year and was rocking a slightly disturbing piece of face fur. Not enough to make me kick him out of bed you understand, but it was definitely different.

When we came back here we footled around with Ma's computer (she hasn't brought it down for a while so we can hook it up to the internet and do all the Windows Update stuff... then I let her go through all of my Sydney photos... all 1600 of them. It might not have taken quite so long but I also got her to make notes about which shots she might like to have included in the 2011 calendar...

Currently that list stands at 45 shots... and I only need 12... could have been worse I suppose!

However it did eat up a big fat chunk of time... about an hour and a half all up I think.

We had floated the idea of heading down to Marion, mostly to avoid the whole Christmas Pageant mess, but by the time we were heading back out again that was pretty much all over bar the dismantling.

Part of our plan was to track down some little bits and pieces for Princess T and Miss Oh Livia, but because I'd mentioned to Ma that Haighs had their Christmas stuff out (packaging rather than any actual differences to their product lines) we decided to stop off at the Haighs factory outlet on our way to browse the shops on King William Road.

That store is freakin dangerous... for the single fact that they have "factory seconds".

"Awww... the chocolate coated coffee bean didn't sit on this Cappuccino Bar properly, we'll have to sell it at a discount"...

Let's just say that both Ma and I kinda lost our tiny minds and now both have more chocolate than any single human being needs. I really need to put some away in the cupboard or something... save it for later.

Not all of it you understand... just... some...

Anyway...

Our next stop was King William Road and we had somewhat limited success with the shops there... and then we got a trifle overexcited when we stopped to get some lunch. For future reference, a toasted sandwich AND waffles is just too damn much. And the waffles were a bit m'eh (I'm guessing frozen).

So after we'd stuffed ourselves, the next stop was the city. Specifically David Jones (the Kikki.K "store" in DJs had porcelain "Christmas Soliders"), but we ended up going all over the place.

Smiggle, Lush... anywhere that little gifts for teenage girls could be purchased... although I just realised we never took a look in Morning Glory...

We did manage to find a few good things though (and the nice girly from Lush rubbed two different kinds of shaving cream into the backs of my hands, which was odd, yet enjoyable), although we'll have to work out some kind of storage box or the like to put them in.

And I also decided that Princess T needed the Hot Boys and Cute Dogs RSPCA Charity Calendar from Peter Alexander. Because, you know... hot boys... and cute dogs! Now I just need to work out what to get Miss Oh.

By the time we were finished it was pretty much 4:30... so a very big day out for the beginning of the Christmas Shopping Season and our first real Saturday excursion in a while!

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