A long queue of cars at a standstill waiting to get out of the Tesco car park today.
How glad am I that I didn’t take the car down the road to do some “first-minute” Christmas shopping! (I had planned on doing it a couple of weeks ago, but got sick.)
Despite still feeling physically wobbly and weak, I felt that it would have been rude not to get Jane and my brother something for Christmas, and with a couple of cheques to pay into the RBS my mind was made up.
Hmm… But should I take the car down or not? It’s not far, about 1 mile, but I’m wobbly. I could just park nearby on a side-street at the bottom of the road. But what if everyone has thought that? In the end I wrapped up warm and headed out, having hunted unsuccessfully through the house for my winter hat. Turns out, it was in my coat pocket all along!
Here’s what I discovered:
- The Panasonic earphones on my Sony cassette-Walkman are rubbish. With megabass activated the drums and bass sound like tarpaulins flapping in the wind. (No idea why I’ve got mismatched earphones and Walkman.)
- Prong rock! But I knew that anyway, I just wanted to tell you that.
- The RBS are still open on Christmas Eve-Eve – I half-expected them to close at midday. And weren’t nearly as busy I expected they would be. But then, most people are probably out spending their money, rather than paying it in.
- Guitarguitar is a great place to get those last-minute presents for a guitar-playing brother. (There was another Mr Saunders being served in front of me!)
- I forgot about lunch … d’oh!
- Disappointingly, the JCB song CD single doesn’t have the video on it. But I still bought it — “I’m on a mission from God!”
- Tesco was busy. Very busy.
Last year I was speaking with someone who works at our local Tesco who said that in the days leading up to Christmas they were taking in over £1,000,000 a day. Over one million pounds each day?! That’s incredible. But then our local Tesco is the size of a small town with a car park that any half-decent factory in Detroit would be proud of.
I’m glad I didn’t take the car in the end. The roads were congested, the car parks were worse-so. And I got a bit of exercise, to boot. Come the New Year I must find a healthier way to balance life. More exercise, less chocolate. More cycling and public transport, less taking the car. That’s the plan.
I bet it snows!