My friends and I went to the Wild Animal Park today to see the Festival of Lights, and afterward two of us stopped at Barnes & Noble. She wanted to find a book on Adobe Photoshop Elements, and I was hoping to find something for the kids for Christmas. But before I started looking, I gravitated toward the left wall, where the blank books and journals are.
They had this display at the end of one of the rows, and that book in the middle says it all. I love blank journal books. I can't have enough, because if I filled one up, I'd need another one ready to go. But it would have to be the right one for what I was writing, so I'd need several to choose from. I looked at the one on the top right. It has a thick leather cover and costs just shy of $60. The one on the top left isn't leather and goes for $6.95 (much more affordable), but I didn't buy it, because I bought it the last time I was here.
Then I saw this one. It's beautiful. It has a map. And the cover is the softest leather. But it was outside my budget, and besides I was shopping for my kids.
My son has inherited my love of maps. Since he and his sister are trying to plan a two-week trip to Germany, Austria and the Netherlands for next year when my mom and I are driving around the country, I thought a map of the area would be a good idea. Obviously the map-makers didn't agree. They have Austria. They have "German." But they don't have both. Western Europe chops Germany in half. The Alps has even less of Germany, and not the part they're planning to visit. It would have taken two or three maps to show the whole area they're interested in, and that's just not satisfying for overall trip planning. So I didn't get a map.
He wants this. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. It's on his Amazon.com Wish List. It costs a small fortune, and I'm not ready to part with one of those just yet.
So I found my friend looking at Photoshop books and hung out with her until she was ready to go. I left empty-handed, and now I'll have to hit the stores tomorrow after church and hope I can find something besides gift certificates to give the kids.