Pitying and Judging Others, Even as I Am Being Pitied
I blushed yesterday for the first time in about 15 years. As you may know, I have a slight addiction to Sims II, a PC game wherein you basically play life--creating characters who then have to fulfill mundane human needs like eating, sleeping, socializing, going to the bathroom, and having fun--which you fulfill endlessly at the expense of your own appetite/social life/bladder. And because I love my Sims so much, I had to buy the latest expansion pack as soon as I came out (it's about pets. I love pets!). I went first to Best Buy and was looking around at the PC selection but didn't see it. I approached an employee and before I even opened my mouth, he said, Let me guess. You're looking for Sims Pets? That is when I blushed. What was it in my appearance that hinted that I spend a not insignifcant amount of time playing a simulation game most popular with pre-teens? Was it my Hello Kitty purse, my ponytails, or my I HEART THE SIMS tee shirt? They did not have Pets yet. I left in shame.
I went to Target, only to find that they don't carry PC games at all. I walked out and told myself to give it up and just check Best Buy tomorrow. Then I remembered that there was an evil chain whose name I cannot mention (see Liz, it's not like I'm promoting it) and since it was on the way home...I was shocked to see that they had plenty of copies of Pets. I bought it, along with a 10 pound bag of cat food and a 25 pound box of cat litter, and was gleefully headed back to the house. As I was pulling out of the parking lot, I spotted this hot guy who looked really familiar pushing a cart outside of Home Depot. I racked my brain, but couldn't at first remember who he was. Then it dawned on me that he's a friend of this guy I sort of kind of not really dated. I thought, How sad! Ryan is working at Home Depot and he's not even really working there, he's just the cart guy! Then I realized that I was rushing home with a kid's video game that features pets and 35 pounds of cat paraphenalia.
Shawn made an awesome invitation to our Halloween party. Yes, you are invited too!