I arrived home from work this afternoon a little tired and weary from the week. I've looked forward to the freedom of Friday night since late Sunday evening. The freedom to stay awake until sleep comes to get me is a luxury I can't often indulge as a natural night owl who has to get up quite early for work. When I can stay awake as long as I want, into the wee hours of the morning, it's like I'm stealing time. In the winter, when the night creeps more and more into the day, I feel like I have less time to do everything I need and want to do. I hate that.
Now that I'm hosting Christmas dinner, I feel like I have to do more stuff with less time. This evening, my Friday evening, I came home from work with a well constructed To Do list for the weekend in my head. I walked in the door, poured a glass of wine and decided to procrastinate. Later on in the evening, I got the energy to get some of the shopping out of the way and after a few stops made my way over to Michaels. I meandered through all of the Christmas decor, picture frames and art supplies with nearly nothing in my basket until I stumbled upon it. The ceiling of the store opened up and the street lights turned toward it to reveal that... Martha Stewart has a craft collection at Michaels.
I wanted everything.
I'm not really a crafter, but I could find an excuse to purchase a kit for hand puppets. BECAUSE IT WAS PRETTY. I NEED a bird stamp and a leaf sticker and a pair of beige scissors and paper flowers and a photo album and patterned ribbon.
Because they're pretty.
The packaging made me want to EAT everything. It was all just the right color and shape and texture, but I knew better than to go too near. Just like I know better than to go down the office/school supply aisle in any store. It's bad news for all involved. First, I'll waste time examining everything, imagining how I'll use it and what new furniture I'll need to keep it at its best. Next, I'll pick up everything just to hold it. I'll even carry it around for a while.
It's a great way to spend a Friday night. I need those.