I had a plan. It was short and sweet, with only three simple steps:
1) Drive to The Container Store
2) Purchase a canister for Moggy's kitten food (I wanted the style to match the one I keep Bandit's dog food in--but be a little bit smaller).
3) Drive home.
It was a good plan. In theory.
Halfway to Austin I realized I no longer have a TexTag on my SUV. That meant I would either have to stop and pay the toll, try to do the pay by mail (only how would it work since I don't have tags?), go the non-toll way (if I could remember how), or I could try Navigation. Since Navigation doesn't always understand me or recognize the stores I shop, and I didn't want to pull over to google the street address, I decided to try to go the non-toll way. It wasn't difficult. It just took me by surprise when I realized exactly where I was.
As I drove in the non-toll "back way," so dubbed because it's the the way I go back home, I remembered I wanted to go to Sam Moon's on the way back. SMs is a cheap accessories store. It's like Charming Charlie's--but the merchandise is not as well organized or nicely displayed. It's also not as junky or crammed as the shops on Houston's Harwin Street--but the merchandise and discounts are roughly the same. Sometimes, I can find something I like there that doesn't look as cheap as it is. Mostly, I find accessories for the many costumes Bandit and I wear. I really should recycle some of our costumes--but usually every costumed event we participate in has a theme that we've not done before.
Back on topic (sort of): Arriving at my destination, I saw Crate & Barrel across the parking lot and thought that was another store I'd like to go in after I was through with my in-and-out errand at TCS.
Only TCS wasn't in-and-out. Not even remotely. They didn't have the size canister I wanted. So I aimlessly roamed around mulling over my options. I can spend hours in TCS inspecting the storage solutions they offer. It's a great place for solving problems. One thought led to another. Each subsequent thought solved a different problem. Unfortunately, the problems weren't laid out like the store, so I ricocheted around the store like an arcade pinball.
Three and a half hours, $89, and a popped knee later I limped back to the SUV. I couldn't remember if C&B had an elevator or escalator, and although I had walked most of the pop out of my knee, I didn't want to risk stairs until I was home. C&B would have to wait.
I almost skipped out on Charming Charlie's as well, but at the last minute decided to go in and "just look at the wallets."
An hour and a half, and only $7.52 later, I had a coin purse wallet I thought might work.
And a few ideas for upcoming costumes. I multitask.
Or maybe I do have a touch of ADD.