Sunday, April 23, 2006

My Kingdom for a Protractor

You could tell we were experiencing pure boredom when we ventured off to search for a protractor. Since the Mustangs' travel ball game was rained out (funny...there was not a cloud in the sky this morning), I began to tackle some math homework for a quiz I am to have on Monday. This is how our adventure panned out:

  • Ariana and I started off for a quick trip to our local Target store down the street - literally no more than 1 mile north of our house.
  • We browse the office supplies aisle and I couldn't believe a whole section dedicated to crayons, color markers, colored pencils, various paper stock, envelopes and scrapping paper, because apparently these things are far more popular to buy than a boring protractor.
  • The "academic" section of the office supply consisted of ONE 12-inch ruler - and that was it.
  • What?
  • So now we're off to the Wal-Mart just east of the Target store we were visiting.
  • We duplicate the same effort at Wal-Mart and head down the stationery section. There wasn't that much variety there either. At least Target had a 12-inch ruler.
  • Next, we head to Office Max across the street from Wal-Mart only to find out it was 9:18 AM and the store wasn't opened until 10:00 AM. Whatever in the world are we going to for 40 minutes?
  • Good thing we bought 2 bags of much needed Hot Cheetos while at Wal-Mart. We chomped on those for a while.
  • I turn to Ariana and ask, "Did we think enough to buy water or drinks?" Her response was a blank stare and a slight shake of her head. Apparently not.
  • Finally, when Office Max opened up, we spent a good 3 minutes in the store. We went right to the section where there were not only one but SEVERAL protractors available. I was in heaven.
  • There were compasses, packs of rulers, proctractors, architecture-style, and even some I couldn't tell you what the names are.
  • Three-minutes - that's all it took to find the protractor I needed. Amazing.
  • Then we were on our way home.
  • As soon as we got there...the kids and I decided to go to the movies.

Math homework was going to have to wait.

I needed a break from our exhausting shopping spree.

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