It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..

It’s time for me to, gird my loins, get into my Armour, look into the mirror and practice mean angry faces… make sure my prescription for Ativan, is filled,  maybe strike a pose, showing the massive muscles in my arms, to scare off the opposing competition….
Yep it’s back to school shopping time… Are you ready? I’m not.
My two girls are 16, and 12. Different as day and night. My oldest doesn’t really care for shopping. She’s a get in, get what you like, get out kinda person. It makes for easy shopping.
My youngest enjoys the whole process. She not only wants to visit store after store, but, has to try on almost everything in said store before deciding what she wants or likes. (Usually what she wants and likes is for older girls and not age appropriate) so, we have ‘words’ about that, during such time her older sister gripes and fumes at such dilly-dallying.
This year, for my sanity, I have divided things and people up. My oldest gets a set amount of money and will buy her basic school clothes and shoes on a shopping trip with her friend Jessica. My youngest will come with me that day (oh joy of joys) and we will get her basics.
The next day is the 3 of us will buy undies, bras, socks etc. Things that they don’t really want Dad being a part of… just to pay for.
We’ll have lunch and move onto Walmart/Shopko/Target/Kmart for school supplies.
I’m hoping that by dividing up the days, and people, that when we are finally finished, all will be happy, and I won’t feel the urge to kill them both! Wish me luck! BIG HUGS, Steph

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Harold
    Aug 12, 2007 @ 18:02:25

    Heres hoping u survive it hun….
    Big cheers


  2. Litespreader
    Aug 12, 2007 @ 19:49:43

    My prayers are with ya, sis.  I can\’t deal with shopping by myself, let alonewith teenagers!  Splitting up the task is one of the smartest things I\’ve seen.. way to go.  😉  t


  3. Jean
    Aug 12, 2007 @ 21:14:54

     I\’m with rainthrower.. I can\’t handle shopping at the best of times!! My mom used to have to bring everything home on approval (back when you could do that), because I\’m such a bad shopper.. My brother is the he and mom go and Dad and I stay home!! Fortunately my ex was a shopper, so he did it for my stepdaughter.. Yay, me!Now, it\’s online or nothing!!
    hugs, and good luck!


  4. Laoch
    Aug 12, 2007 @ 22:14:48

    From the male perspective there can be no greater horror ….


  5. Jade
    Aug 13, 2007 @ 08:00:57

    LOL Loach!


  6. R U Serious
    Aug 13, 2007 @ 22:53:33

    LMAO @ Loach!!  But, GAWD!!!!  Good luck!!  What a horror story!!  Maybe you should just go alone and \’surprise\’ them!?!?  Yesh… Right!!  Be sure to bring along lots of water and trail mix!!  And again, GOOD LUCK!


  7. Nooner™
    Aug 14, 2007 @ 04:59:16

    If I were on the shopping trip, I\’d be like older daughter: wanting everyone to hurry up and get this over with. 


  8. Jeane-Margherite
    Aug 14, 2007 @ 08:32:05

    I laughed soooo hard at this…it is exactly how I feel every year at this time….school shopping URG! Fortunately for me, one evening while I was extremely stressed and my husband asked how he could help…I asked him to take care of the school shopping!  Ahhhh, relief! Until the other day when he was compiling a computer list of all three kids supplies that he could check against the suppies we had in the basement before creating his shopping list…and he said…this sucks, I\’m never doing it again…. : (   So I am certainly back to it next year.  oh well….one year is nice….


  9. BH
    Aug 14, 2007 @ 13:49:11

    I\’m glad to see MSN allowed you back online after you posted wholly inappropriate content of a baby\’s bottom. 
    My wife was way ahead of the curve and got a lot of the school supply shoppipng done.  Now we just have to worry about clothes and shoes.  Of course two weeks after we get the boys new clothes they will have outgrown them.  Knuckleheads.


  10. Leah
    Aug 14, 2007 @ 21:55:18

     Yeah Booties got a new Pack Pack for his new school shopping. That\’s all I could handle. As you found out in Hawaii I DON\’T SHOP!!! Knocked up or not, I hate it, granted its a lot more fun to look for cute things for Mama\’s when i am standing around doing nothing.  (Too bad we didn\’t know she was a girl then). But yeah I am not looking forward to it in the next couple years, thank goodness Paul shops, he shops for all of us.


  11. ...
    Aug 15, 2007 @ 15:23:22

    Ok so why is it every guy either becomes deaf when the word daughter and bar are mentioned in the same sentence.  Y es I did type bar, we also become dislexic.
    Hugs ot you


  12. Jane
    Aug 16, 2007 @ 16:35:04

    I give both of mine a set amount of $$ for the whole works and send them off – TOGETHER.  I\’m too old for that crap.  Okay, maybe not too old but too grumpy, definitely.  I\’ve noticed they are alot more careful with their purchases when it\’s \’their\’ money.


  13. jane doe
    Aug 17, 2007 @ 10:37:26

    this is sooo totally off topic but could somebody PLEASE explain in the simplest idiot terms how to get music on my spaces space??  I have the player on there but am too damn dumb to figure out how to do the rest…HELP!! 


  14. Greg
    Aug 17, 2007 @ 14:10:47

    Hey Steph…
    May the force be with you shopping.
    Yep don’t cook when it is hot is a good thing.
    Hey…Do you give your husband the evil eye when he asks what’s for dinner?
    I hate F-Bombs too. Actually, my belief is it shows ignorance.
    I have no desire to see the Elvis impersonator. However, he does do a pretty good job.
    How could a guy date his daughter? She is not ugly but it would be like kissing Elvis.
    Have a good weekend. Go out and have some good Mexican food, Greg 


  15. jane doe
    Aug 17, 2007 @ 20:38:58

     hey, Greg…I date an Elvis impersonator.  He\’s really a very nice guy and can always sing me to sleep. 
    I\’m STILL waiting to find out how to put music on my space!!!  STEPH!!!!  Pierre is gonna look at it soon and I want musics!!!


  16. Delete52Mitch
    Aug 17, 2007 @ 23:01:17

    The teen years are nothing easy.  Sounds like you\’ve got a handle on it! Best of luck to you. Mitch


  17. Jade
    Aug 19, 2007 @ 08:38:15

    stopping by to give you a hug…


  18. DragonBoy
    Aug 19, 2007 @ 16:06:32

    Heya Steph… thanks for dropping by during my brief sabatical away from all things blog. Hope you\’re still in one piece (and peace?) and have managed to keep a grasp on a modicum of your sanity during such stressful times.  Typical bloke this end when it comes to shopping.  It\’s like a military operation… i\’ve already got the blueprints of the shopping centre and have planned the shortest possible route to get all the things I need and get the hell out of there before my brain turns itself inside out.  Then, once i\’m stepping out of my car, the clock starts…. \’NEED JEANS…. GET TO GAP, 1ST FLOOR… MOVE MOVE MOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!\’
    Barging people out the way, shoving small children, kicking sticks from under the elderly…. no-one is safe….
    Unfortunately, a lot of the shops have now refused to serve me and I\’m close to a total ban at the local shopping centre… looks like i\’ll have to start turning my underpants inside out to get a few more days wear out of them…
    And on that note, I depart… **sniggers***
    ***Cheeky wave***
    DB xxx


  19. Lena
    Aug 19, 2007 @ 16:56:37

    Ohhhhhhh, I love to shop!  Luckily for me, hubby and mancub don\’t like shopping.  So, I use his back-to-school shopping spree as a "free pass" for one of my own.  I get to go to the mall, spend lotsa money on my favorite person in the world, and not feel at all guilty when I come home for a lil sommin\’ sommin\’ for myself (usually shoes, which hubby will tell me are no different than the 80 other pair in my closet).  Argghhhh, men!
    Hope you survived it!


  20. tressie
    Aug 20, 2007 @ 00:46:58

    hi steph – saw your comment on DB guestbook and i laughed so much i had to come tell you
    GOOD ONE!!!
    ttfn ~ tressie


  21. Jess
    Aug 20, 2007 @ 09:46:44

     Shopping is the bestest ! Thank God my girls feel the same, I think I\’d curl up and cry if one of mine was a get in get out girl ! lol. I mean not really lol, cause that\’s ain\’t funny !
    I\’m hoping you survived …it\’s been a few days


  22. BH
    Aug 21, 2007 @ 09:46:01

     Hmmmm…do we need to send out search and rescue?  Did you survive the back to school shopping and drama?


  23. Faerie
    Aug 24, 2007 @ 10:09:33

    Hello! Things in the kingdom are much improved over the last few days…it has been quiet and hectic here all at once…and yes m\’lady, shopping for a family of 5 for about 500 per month (including lunches for the kids to take to school) all said and done it\’s about $650, as the first 500 is for the big shopping trip, then there are weekly trips for the fresh ingredients (salads, milk, and such)…I have much information to share!! Send me an email!!


  24. Seth
    Aug 25, 2007 @ 21:52:34

    All women… especially daughters… should have labels on their foreheads saying \’Government Health Warning: women can seriously damage a man\’s/father\’s current bank account\’.  Bwhahaha!
            Then again… I happen to enjoy visiting them sexy lingerie shops with a lady friend.  – Hubba Hubba –  Hey, someone has to give an honest opinion.  It\’s not my fault I have to have her model everything in the store for me.  I just want to help her make the right choice.  :-]


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