October 21 10

It all starts innocently enough.

Let’s just run into Target to buy some shampoo. Nothing fancy. I buy whatever is on sale and smells the nicest. Coconut. I am a big fan of smelling like the beach since it’s cold and wet and monsoon-ish in Atlanta right now. I have tried all the gimmicks…more body, for dry hair, for oily hair, for damaged hair and guess what? My hair looks exactly the same every single time. Shampoo marketers are total liars.

So, I grab two $2 bottles of shampoo and one $2 bottle of conditioner.

And then I just stop and just grab a few $3  hair elastics and $4 tiny clips for days when I don’t feel like doing my hair.

And then I just stop by the activewear section and buy myself another$19.99 hoodie. A work-at-home mom can’t have enough of those. And, ooooh! $10 tie-dye tshirts!

And then I just stop and grab a pair of $7 flip flops because they are super cheap and will go nicely with my new hoodie and elastics.

And then because I feel guilty for always dressing like such a vision in yoga wear, I buy a $29.99 dress.

And then I take a walk past the home section and realize that I need more $6 hangers and that non-girlie $49 bedding-in-a-bagthat I promised Emily she could have for her new room in our new house.

And then I need to have those $2.99 pastel peanut m&ms because, you know, the red and pink ones are gone and now I need the pastel pink, green, blue, and yellows. I NEED them.

And then ohmygod Isabella NEEDS those super cute $12 rain boots.

And then I remember that the dog whisperer said that Indiana needs to eat his kibble out of an $18 interactive dog toy. Don’t ask me why, but apparently, this is supposed to make him stop eating everything else and should cut down on expensive surgeries (fingers crossed)

And then I remember we are going to my mom’s in two weeks and Isabella NEEDS this $9.99 dress.

And then I need to buy that $18.89 Winter Garden book that my mom recommended.

And then my phone rings and the husband wants to know why it has taken me 45 minutes to buy shampoo. I tell him, obviously, there has been a HUGE holdup at the checkout and it totally wasn’t my fault and I will be home anyminutenow.

But what he’s REALLY going to wonder is how I managed to spend $186.85 on shampoo and conditioner.

(Disclaimer: this post was actually posted on Aiming Low back in March. But since I am having a very “OHMYHELLIREALLYMISSTARGET kind of day, I thought I’d share it with you guys over here. So, you *may* have read it before but I don’t really care because it totally still makes me giggle.)

(It also makes me want to hop in my car and drive to Buffalo.)

(In my flannel snowflake PJ pants. Don’t judge.)

  1. WHY don’t you have Targets??? This is a huge oversight that needs to be corrected because I plan on eloping with Canada once the US becomes overrun with gun-crazed Sarah Palins.

    Comment by loren on October 21, 2010
  2. I thought of you last night when I was shopping in Target and was wishing I could have bought everything you wanted. But alas, the stuff I did buy was enough to fill my suitcase!

    Comment by Kristabella on October 21, 2010
  3. there are no words to describe how excited I am that you went to Target for me. It’s like, the nicest thing a person could do for me. SERIOUSLY.

    also, I get to see you tonight! WHEEEEEEEE!

    Comment by ali on October 21, 2010
  4. I love me some Target too. Canada finally got online GAP/Old Navy. Maybe we can get a Target one day?

    Comment by Angella on October 21, 2010
  5. Supposedly we are getting Target in 2014 or something…but I just read that there’s an issue with the name Target. Some company in Canada already has the name…so I suspect Target will buy it from them.

    but, you know it’ll never be the same. The same way our Old Navy isn’t the same as it is in the states.

    Comment by ali on October 21, 2010
  6. So what you are saying is that I should go to Target more and when my husband asks I am doing it for Ali.

    Yeah, I don’t think he will buy that.

    Comment by DE Heather on October 21, 2010
  7. I feel your pain and am currently contemplating a day trip to Buffalo on Sunday just for Target. And maybe Ulta and a little Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I heard Target was coming here too, but you are right, it won’t be the same. We’ll still have to cross border shop.

    Comment by Kathy on October 21, 2010
  8. I saw your post above Ali, but I was going to say the same thing! There was an article in the Ottawa Citizen a little while ago that almost made me spit out my morning coffee b’c it talked about bringing Target to Canada….FINALLY! (I just went back and reread the article and it does mention 2014 or 2015…I hope I can wait that long). We’ve been up here almost 12 years and Target is still one of my top 5 things that I miss most from “home” (NC). For now we’ll just have to keep driving to Watertown, NY which is thankfully an easy daytrip; every few months I develop an itch that can only be cured by pushing around a giant red shopping cart.

    Comment by Carrielou on October 21, 2010
  9. Why does Australia have Target? It wasn’t the same though. But that’s the first time I ever went in to a Target. It didn’t come to my town in the US until like 3 years ago.

    Comment by Tammi Marie on October 21, 2010
  10. I have never been in a Target but sometimes when I read your blog I am very motivated to drive to North Dakota to check it out.

    Comment by Dawn on October 21, 2010
  11. Dude.

    I do the same thing.

    Last week, I went in for light bulbs, a broom, and a trick-or-treat bucket. I spent 90ish bucks…not including the Starbucks on the way out.

    Damn you, Targetttt!

    Comment by Bah on October 21, 2010
  12. I’m going to Michigan in 3 weeks – cannot wait to go to Target…it won’t be the same when it gets here, nothing ever is. The Target in Australia isn’t the real Target, been there, it sucks.

    Comment by Maria on October 21, 2010
  13. I thought the same things as I spent $156.00 on sock and pleather leggings for the girls yesterday.

    oh, and mixers for my eveing cocktails.

    Comment by gorillabuns on October 22, 2010
  14. ROFL I am the exact same way AND I am about to go and do that same shopping routine today after work — except I am going for “leather boot protectant”… 😛

    Comment by Katherine on October 22, 2010
  15. Ummm….are you spying on my life, because that happens to me EVERY time I go to Target. Except my Target is only a 10 minute drive away, so this scenario plays itself out once a week. That’s ok, I didn’t need that $200 anyways.

    Comment by Angela on October 22, 2010
  16. This is why I love living in Windsor. Michigan’s got Target-a-plenty, and they are only a quick trip thru the tunnel. Well, and $9.50 to cross the border. Dammit.

    Comment by April on October 23, 2010

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