They translated her name as "Holo", which is frickin' wrong, but I came close to buying it anyway. Then, suddenly it occurred to me: if they have this, they might have Crest of the Stars!
Well, they didn't, but they did have Bamboo Blade, so I bought volume one of that. Heh.
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3.5 hours of shopping and pre-holiday errands later, we're pretty much done: Mom needs to buy something for two people, I need to buy something for one, and we're both going to do it on-line.
Mom is not quite twice my age and she's doing a ton more stuff than I am. I hope that I'm so tired because she's taking some of my energy; because otherwise I have no idea how the hell she's managing it. (I doubt it's amphetamines.)
Still, when she's not feeling up to things, she's not, and won't push herself--well, WTF, why should she?--which is why we missed Thanksgiving dinner at my brother's house. It was her decision; though I woke up indifferent to the question, I left it up to her, and she decided she didn't want to go.
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As for me, I'm planning to spend the rest of the night--perhaps the entire weekend--in. We'll see what I get to do, of course, but that's my plan.
From my admittedly limited perspective it doesn't look to me as if the stores are jam-packed with shoppers this year. The traffic at Wal-Mart today was about the same as it was in July, perhaps a bit more people than usual.
Anyway, the biggest line I had to stand in was at the bookstore, and that's because they had all of two cashiers working the registers--and Borders is not particularly efficient when it comes to checkout procedure. Even so I don't think I stood in line for more than ten minutes--or even more than five, to be honest.
For the last Friday before Christmas? I don't know, that doesn't exactly scream "RECORD HOLIDAY SALES" to me.
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A sign that I'm watching too much anime (or, perhaps, not enough): I dreamed that Taeko from Ai Yori Aoshi was my girlfriend.