Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Second Portal to Hell

Toys R Us is the second portal to hell. I can not stand that place. I try as hard as I can to never go in there, but alas, I had to today.
We had a birthday party to go to this afternoon for a friend of mine's son. He turns one this week and is such a cute munchkin. D actually asked if I was going to take Sugarplum with me. HA!
They are already open for what appears to be holiday shopping hours and are open from 9:00 am until 10:00 pm every day. I'm used to nothing being open before 11 on a Sunday. They're even playing the Christmas music already. WTH? It's not even Thanksgiving yet. NO Christmas music should be played until Friday after Thanksgiving.
So I ran out at 9 and steeled myself against the mad chaos I always have to wade through when I'm unfortunate enough to have to go in there.
I could have gone to Target, but honestly, I wanted to find something different for him and most of the people I knew at the party shop at Target. Plus, the closest Target to my house is at the mall and I refuse to try to park at the mall on the weekend. ESPECIALLY between Halloween and New Year's.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the store relatively quiet when I walked in. The crowds there didn't used to bother me, the kids there didn't used to bother me, but that was when they had aisles. What does Toys R Us have against aisles? The re-arranged everything into sections and there are displays in the middle of the walk ways. You better hope if you're behind someone they don't stop to look at something in the middle or you're going to be stuck with nowhere to go staring at a Tickle-me-Elmo or ginormous Babie head. It's complete sensory overload.
On the upside, I did find cool magnetic blocks that can go in the bath tub, and I did spot 1983 edition My Little Ponies - what a stroll down memory lane.

BTW - the first portal to hell? It's A Small World at Disneyland.