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I may be a little tired

You know what happens when you go to bed at midnight and wake up at 5:00?

It looks a lot like dark circles under your eyes and maybe putting your cell phone in the refrigerator by accident.

I actually jumped out of bed as soon as the alarm went off and managed to pretend like I was well-rested until I was on my flight from Dallas to San Antonio and began to do the embarrassing head bob as I tried to stay awake.

My dad picked me up from the airport and I came home long enough to unpack before I met Gulley for lunch. I realize I could have used that time to nap but Gulley and I hadn’t been able to go to lunch or spend any real time together in over a week and it felt important that we catch up. Then I ran with her to a costume store to look for a Halloween costume.

This is where I have to admit something. I hate costume stores. Especially at Halloween. I am what some people in the industry like to call a big ‘ol fraidy cat and I do not care for the bloody masks and unattached limbs and creepy dolls and OH THE CLOWNS. The clowns are the worst.

Caroline hasn’t inherited my dislike of creepy things as evidenced by the fact she wanted to wrap one of her baby dolls in the fake spider web on our front porch last year. I blame her father.

Anyway, we didn’t find what Gulley was looking for and so I suggested we make our way to Target to see what they had there. I honestly did to go for the sole purpose of helping Gulley find a costume, but once we were there I realized I had a shopping list in my purse of all the things I forgot to buy when I went to the grocery store on Monday. And so I grabbed a basket and Gulley asked, “Did you just trick me into going grocery shopping with you?”

Yes. Maybe I did. I prefer to call it multi-tasking.

But it’s not like we haven’t grocery shopped together before, so we made our way to the costume aisle and researched costumes before I picked up sugar, dog bones, kashi bars and double stuff Oreos. It may seem like none of those items fall in the category of essential but the people and dogs who live in my house would beg to differ with you.

I picked up Caroline from school and she announced she had a lot of math homework. Fortunately it was multiplying and dividing decimals which is one of the few mathematical skills I can actually help with but she didn’t end up needing my help and I am forever grateful.

Especially since I am so tired that I forgot to buy trash bags even though they were on my list and kept my cell phone chilled in the freezer for the better part of thirty minutes before I realized it was missing.

Which is why I’m putting myself to bed right this minute.

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