My husband taunted me last night. “What time are you leaving?” he asked.
I said, ” . . . ” and he interrupted before I could say it and said, “Ten? You’ll never be out of here by ten.”
Oh yeah? That sounded a lot like a dare to me and I am the girl who introduced myself to Jim Bakker (yes, that Jim Bakker) on a dare in 1985. I was working on the grounds crew, saw Jim Bakker arrive at the Grand Hotel surrounded by his entourage and said to Kendra, my co-worker, “I should go introduce myself to Jim Bakker.” She said, “I dare you.”
So, I dropped my rake and marched right over, stuck out my hand and said, “Hi, I’m Melodee. I think you went to college with my uncle.”
So, Dear Husband, do not dare me or I will, indeed, leave the house by 10:00 a.m.! In fact, I was nearly at the mall by 10:00 a.m.
And, not only that, but I found a parking spot one car away from Macy’s door. I was out of there by 10:50 a.m., then stopped by Best Buy on my way to a movie. (“Charlie Wilson’s War,” an entertaining flick, littered with the f-word and an opening scene replete with with nipples . . . why, oh why?) After the movie, I drove back across town to Costco where I easily found a parking spot and bought four things: a spiral ham, batteries, ketchup and mustard. We consume ketchup almost as fast as we consume milk.
Then, to a department store. I finished up my day at Barnes and Nobles, spending gift cards on myself. Yes, myself! I bought four books I’ve been wanting to read for a long time:
Which reminds me of something I’ve been meaning to ask. What book did you read in 2007 that you would recommend to other people? My book recommendation for the year would probably be Peace Like a River or The Sacred Journey by Frederick Buechner.
I also urge you to check out Librarything.com. I use this free site to keep track of the books I’ve read.
Now, time to wrap the last few gifts. Happy first day of winter! And now, the days get longer . . . until we will wake up in shock that summer has arrived again.