midsummer shopping mundanity

mathew mason by bentley raceShopping between the middle of January and the beginning of March is always a bit of a painful exercise.

The weather is usually too hot... everything that we wanted we either bought at Christmas or in the sales straight after.

So we end up not really having much of a plan about what we're doing or where we want to go.

And yet somehow we tend to fill the day up anyway.

Today was mostly typical but only partially productive.

We started with the usual supermarkettry... and the usual unpackinginess... and the current annoyance about the lack of specific products in certain stores...

Add to that the discovery that for reasons that I really can't fathom in the slightest, my teevee had lost Channel 10 and GEM, tuned in a second set of SBS channels including the ones with nothing on, plus the radio versions, and the remaining Channel 10 stations that I had (Eleven and One) weren't picking up anything.

I don't know what the hell is up with that, but I've retuned them all know and it appears to be fine.

Anyway... because I appear to be either having a second childhood or some sort of midlife crisis and am currently obsessed with Lego for the second time in my life, we headed to Arndale to check out the Lego stationery sets (c'mon... Lego marker pens... with little Lego men heads on the caps!) and wander about mostly in an aimless fashion.

Then we headed into the city to see if one of the camera stores could point us in the general direction of somewhere that bought or at least valued old/secondhand SLR cameras. Let's just say that they were less than helpful.

We also ran into Princess T in the Mall on her break from her retail job.

And that was kind of it. We got a drink in the food court underneath David Jones... poked around in their Food Hall, then poked around in their leftover Christmas stuff (again) before deciding that since we only had a little bit of time to spare before the parking space ticked over from 0-1 hours to 1-2 hours that we'd head back to the car.

Turned out we quite literally made it with a minute to spare. Ticket going in stamped at 11:54, ticket stamped as paid at 12:53.

So, yeah...

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