Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Do I have a bullseye on me?

How is it that I can go to Target for *one* freaking thing and somehow walk out with multiple bags?
Living in the ghetto has the drawback of not being terribly close to the big box stores, but it can also work to my advantage - if I could go to Target all the time I would be bankrupt. Seriously. Did I need all the stuff I just bought? Probably not. But it was so cheap. I had to buy it. (And who doesn't need clearance pomegranate blueberry soda I ask?)

Of course, the one thing I was going in there to buy was a baby gift. I figured I could just zip over to the baby section, make a grab, and move on to housewares...
However, apparently zooming up the aisle with purpose and throwing what you want into your basket while barely breaking stride makes you look like you are an expert parent despite not having a child with you. A hugely pregnant and desperate looking woman right next to me grabbed me and said "You look like you know about babies!" and then proceeded to grill me about what she was buying.
I do know a lot about babies from my years of nannying. So I smiled and helped her.

I wasn't upset by it - I just had to laugh. Clearly the gods have it out for me.

23 comments:

  1. argh. Next time just let her know you are simply on a mission to get in, get your shit, & get out before you burst into flames from all the fertile cooties in that aisle... ;o)
    everytime I have a real Target visit I see at least 6 hugely pregnant women & at least 8-10 with adorable infants. I was there today over lunch for all of 15 minutes & the ratio was 4:7. And I totally bought more than I intended- but they had such nice linen pants on clearance!

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  2. Yes, people on a mission seem to be targeted. Seriously, I could walk through Target and know exactly where my sh*t is and then be asked by someone like I worked there.

    At least you are not my DH, he used to get followed around when he would wear his company's uniform and people would stop him and say, "I have a quick computer question." People did that on dates too!

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  3. I love love love TARGET! Love it!

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  4. oh, that is pretty funny in a sad way. It made me laugh at the irony. It would happen to you wouldn't it? Why was I not suprised?

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  5. Um, yes on the broke thing, although I do live close to several of the death traps.

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  6. Karma is looking for you and it has only good things in store.

    Target - seriously - that place is dangerous for all sorts of reasons.

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  7. My dad calls that "all kinds of stuff I didn't know I needed". :)

    I now have to look AWAY from the baby section as I find it painful, and the toddler section at Target because the clothes are just RIDICULOUSLY cute! I mean, the little summer sundresses with matching hats! Sigh...

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  8. Oh...how do these things continue to happen to you, Io?

    Seriously, how much more can we take? Tell all the people in your life that you are no longer celebrating their babies with gifts. They should all understand.

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  9. You are a better person than I am. I would have said I was just there to buy for a friend and had no clue. There are some things you shouldn't be expected to be graceful about.

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  10. Scott doesn't like me going to Target...he knows we'll never get out of there without buying LOTS of fun things that were NOT on our list.

    Sorry you got sidelined by a random shopper.

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  11. We went to Target yesterday and managed to come out with only what we went for, which almost never happens. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that Mia called me just as I started digging in to to the racks and Frank got left with the bulk of the shopping.

    Universe - cut Io a break, dang it.

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  12. That is a funny story, Io. I love that you just helped her anyway - it's what I would do, too. Sigh.

    Maybe the universe is setting you up with some super good karma that will be paid back in lots of babies, riches beyond your wildest dreams, and every other thing you've ever wished for.

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  13. No matter why I go there, target always seems to wind up to be a hundred dollar trip. Because I need all of it. Stuff in the dollar bins, cards, frosting, and anything else on sale I see...

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  14. Of course that would happen right?! I am glad that it didn't upset you, but common! Clearly the Gods DO have it in for you.

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  15. You're such a good soul to help the lady, instead of giving her the icy stare and the "I know nothing about you humans' offspring" response.

    I'm glad Target is far, far away.

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  16. I have yet to go into Target with a list and come out of target with only the things that were on my list.

    Also, I would have been tempted to wig out on the wigged out pregnant woman.

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  17. Saw you on K's site wishing you a happy birthday and I wanted to say that I hope you have a great one as well! When is it exactly? Mine's this sunday - ahhh all the cool girls have July birthdays, LOL! Hope yours is a great one!

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  18. Target is awesome, but it's BAD for finding all kinds of things that you suddenly need. Like a quesdilla maker... you know, the one sitting unopened in the box at home. It seemed like a great idea at the time!

    I also find myself zipping past the baby aisle when I'm there. I haven't had to knock over any pregnant ladies so far, so I figure I'm doing all right. It's crazy that the lady thought you worked there!

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  19. You know what, you should have a card printed up, nothing on it except your blog url. When ANY pregnant folks ask for help, help em cause thats cool and then hand em your card. Can u imagine????

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  20. *sigh* I miss nannying. But I wonder if being a nanny right now would only make all this that much worse...

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  21. The universe certainly does seem to enjoy irony! These kind of situations seem to happen with disturbing regularity...glad you had a good attitude -- certainly better than I would have had...

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  22. love Target. LOOOOOVE TARGET. I go FAR too often. But, I tend to spend my time wandering, but mostly far far away from the baby shit, so I mostly avoid the mommy & me set, so no one ever stops to ask me questions.

    Except when I make the mistake of wearing a red shirt. Then, I get stopped over and over.

    And Target clearance is the BEST. There's more possibly/potentially useful stuff there than anywhere else in the world. I've had to curb my clearance habits, though, because there's only so much "potential" that one has room for (or time to sort out). Doesn't mean I don't search it every time I go there anyway, but I have to limit myself to things I can actually immediately use, rather than buying a dog sweater that would look great on my neighbor's dog, if I take it in a little.
    Stoopid Kate.

    Damn, now I want to go to Target this morning...

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