Close to a month ago, I planned a surprise baby shower for a co-worker of mine. He and his wife are expecting their first baby. For a long while Robert didn’t tell anyone that his wife was pregnant - just me, his boss and a handful of other folks. When the cat was finally let out of the bag, if you will, I decided to plan a surprise baby shower. Well, wouldn’t you know it, Robert started feeling bad on Wednesday and was out of work yesterday. Yesterday afternoon he said he was feeling better and would probably come in today; but this morning, he sent another email saying he wasn’t feeling up to par and wasn’t coming in but might come in later in the afternoon. So, I had to call him, spoil the surprise and tell him to come in for an hour or so around 9:00 so that we could celebrate the upcoming birth of his first born child. He said he would try to come in. Thankfully he showed up and we were able to celebrate with him because I’m here to tell you we would have partied without him if he had stayed home.
I went out after work Wednesday to run a couple of errands. I wanted to pick up the Velo News Tour de France preview and I needed to stop by Hobby Lobby for some small gift bags for the Ladies’ Night Out group. As I was walking through the store, I noticed they were already beginning to put out Christmas items. Christmas is still six months away – six months from tomorrow actually – and they are already putting out Christmas supplies. I just don’t get it. I have never understood the philosophy of putting out holiday decorations months in advance of the actual holiday. I really think it takes away from the holiday spirit. I wish stores would wait until after Thanksgiving to start selling Christmas merchandise. This is one of the too many to count things I love about Williams Sonoma. They don’t start selling holiday items until the next holiday has passed. For example, their wonderful hot chocolate cannot be purchased until the day after Thanksgiving. However, I will say this, in the case of Hobby Lobby it ends up working out great for me because by the time I am ready to buy Christmas items (late November, early December) they are already on sale.
Earlier this week, I bought my tickets to the PGA Championship. My dad and I are headed over to Atlanta to watch on Thursday and Friday, August 11-12. My dad is actually a volunteer and has completed his volunteer hours but also receives a shirt and food passes and other things like that. I haven’t been to a golf tournament in a long time and I don’t think I’ve ever been to a PGA Tournament, only Senior PGA; so, I’m looking forward to it. To my knowledge, this is the last trip I have planned for the year, but you never know when something else might unexpectedly pop up.
I don’t really have much planned for the weekend, but for some reason it feels like I do. Jackie’s coming over tonight and we are grilling out burgers and tomorrow night I’m having dinner at the home of some of my favorite people, the Riddicks. I want to try and see a movie this weekend because there are a lot out that I want to see, but I’m not sure that I’m going to be able to squeeze one in. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!