Despicable Me! (again)

So, I got out of work early yesterday, and Jim had to work late.  It was hot as heck out.  Again.  So, my brilliant idea of the day yesterday was to pick up the kids and head straight to the movies for the matinee of Despicable Me!  The timing was perfect. 

We had just enough time for a quick stop @ home for the dog, which gave me just enough time to change out of my jeans so I wouldn’t actually melt into them (did I mention it was HOT?!?), and get the girls to the theater, with just enough time to buy tickets, get them to use the bathroom BEFORE the movie (my accomplishment of the day!), and buy kids packs, and get them seated during the previews.  Slight glitch in the plan that Sabrina didn’t want to sit in her seat, she wanted to sit on me (not surprising though), but she wanted to come with me to get MY popcorn & soda.  So, I had to carefully balance her kids pack, go get my refreshments, then juggle those while I got her in my lap so that I could still see the movie too.

Then, it was good times.  Hilarious movie.  Happy children.  Happy mama.  And Minions.  Man, were they adorable.  Kind of like the little aliens from Toy Story, only with more variation between them (some have one eye, some have 2, etc.), and they all had their own names, which was fascinating to Veronica.  I totally want to have this movie when it’s out on DVD.

Anyway, the evening took a slight downhill turn when I made a quick stop what I thought would be a quick stop at Sears to order Veronica’s pictures from Wednesday night.  In the end, NOT a quick stop at all.  There was only one employee working the photo area, and she was busy for half the time I was there dealing with an irate customer while I patiently waited, and sympathized with her.  Then she got me set up, I did my thing, and she couldn’t figure out how to ring me in correctly between processing my coupons (which she was kind enough to look up for me b/c I shamelessly name-dropped her manager’s name, and her district manager’s name), and processing the weekday BOGO promotion (the reason I scheduled the pictures for Wednesday night to begin with — I mean, I know I’m not perfect, but I’m also not COMPLETELY insane!).  After an hour, and ringing in my order in 2 separate batches, we finally left there @ 8:00.

Thankfully, Jim got out of work too late to catch the movie, but not so late that he went home and had dinner ready for the kids when we walked in, so they could eat something at least arguably nutritious (frozen veggie pizza) before bed.  I mean, I’m not glad he missed the movie, but I had called him to ask if he could get out early to join us.  I’m just glad he was able to get home & have dinner ready for them.

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