The Best Laid Plans

A friend invited me out for coffee today so I said “sure!” and thought about how I needed to go to Target to get some fluorescent bulbs for the garage and how I needed to go to the grocery store to get a few things and how convenient it would be to do that after coffee.

The coffee date was great as all coffee dates are.  It was warm and sunny today and we sat outside chatting and catching up.

I got to Target and on the way to the household stuff I had to pass the sports clothes.  Lo and behold – they had the kind of Drymax sports bra I like. Shablam! I picked up 2. Then I started looking for shorts because mine are all kind of ginormous (except for the pink ones). I was relieved to see they had none due to the rapidly dropping temperaure and since I have no money to spend on running shorts I decided I was satisfied with the bras and moved along.

I got to the lighting section and they had no 48″ flourescent bulbs. Bummer. Satisfied that I could just go to Ace Hardware and get some I moved along,  making my way toward the cash registers.

But wait! What should I pass by but the Halloween candy! My brain perked right up and thought “HEY! I wonder if they have any of those Pumpkin Spice Kisses Misty is always raving about”. And of course – they did. So I picked up a bag. Then I figured I might as well get some candy for the kids. This was a dangerous mission because I ran the risk of buying mini-Snickers or mini-Reeses and Uh Oh! We know what would happen then*. So I didn’t do that. I scrutinized the candy and passed on anything that rips the teeth right out of your mouth (Laughy Taffy, Starburst, etc.), and settled on Swedish Fish and Sour Patch kids in mini packs. I only like the Swedish Fish so I was 50% safe (and I’ve only eaten 3 packs so far!).

Finally satisfied that I had what I needed I once again attempted to make my way to the cash registers but wait! I need some blush – oh yes…yes I do. So I had to shop around the make-up aisle and find something that was just right. 20 minutes later I start to back away from the makeup but not before picking up some makeup sponges because, come on – they’re less than 2 bucks!

And by then I’d had it with myself so I proceeded straight to the cash register ignoring the siren song of the office supplies and greeting cards.  $70 lighter and fortified with quite a bit of candy I headed to my car where I just HAD to sample the Pumpkin Spice Kisses IMMEDIATELY!  Hmmm… that first one was okay but I needed another one to tell if I really liked them.  The second one tasted even better but I really needed a third, just to be sure.  The fourth one was just for good measure.  Meanwhile, I forgot all about the groceries and the bulbs and soon found myself back at my house.

And thus I am reminded of the famous Robert Burns quote   “The best-laid plans of mice and men/often go awry,”  It also reminds me that when it comes to going to Target I’m kind of a sucker.  sigh…..

*the candy goes straight in the freezer and is consumed, several bars a day, never making it until Halloween.  But you knew that, right?

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8 Responses to The Best Laid Plans

  1. Runner Susan says:

    that’s exactly how the candy works at our houses. i always end up buying it twice.

  2. suzee says:

    The ooooold freezer trick. ‘Cause NOBODY would eat frozen candy, right? Right?

  3. Aka Alice says:

    Wow…you got out of Target for only 70 bucks?!?!?! Day-um Girl…you’re GOOD!

    I haven’t bought candy yet for the exact same reason. My goal is to buy it on October 31…afternoon…when there’s nothing left that I would like anyway. Poor kids…

  4. Runner Susan says:

    we’ve got to figure out your rss problem.

  5. TriVortex says:

    Target is a wallet vampire. We were there last night planning on picking up shampoo and dog food and when everthing was said and done we spent an extra $60.

  6. tina says:


    We just call it the $100 store, because you go in there to buy a potholder from the dollar spot and you end up spending a hundred dollars …
    and i keep reading your blog and wanting to run/bike, and i don’t.
    But I have not yet opened ANY of the Halloween canday – although Friday night, after trick or treating, when the elf hands over everything he doesn’t like (any chocolate with nuts!) will be a different story.

  7. Dori says:

    Halloween candy is small, so there aren’t that many calories. 😉

    I’m not organized enough to make lists, so I HAVE to walk down every aisle to remember what I need. Cleaning supplies, batteries, jewelery…

    Now that my husband is semi-retired, he comes with me and it really cramps my shopping style!

  8. Megan says:

    Swedish fishes!!! Do you know at Costco they sell them by the five pound boxes? I may or may not ride around with a box in my back seat….hard to prove with no witnesses.

    I hit up the Target tonight as a matter of fact. For band-aids, which was approriate because I left 25 minutes later with a $62 dollars bleeding hole in my wallet.

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