Went coat shopping with my brother and mother. On our way to Burlington Coat Factory (past South Shore Plaza) the road splits and we went left when we should have gone right. I suggested just turning around, but my brother insisted we could turn right and get back where we needed to be. I pointed out there was a large body of water on our right, but he was having none of it. So we kept driving and turned right at one point and we kept driving and at one point the road hits another road and you have to go 90 degrees left or right. My brother decided on left, which made no sense to me and I said so. We ended up thoroughly lost, busted out the atlas, and lo, I who have no sense of direction, was correct.
After Burlington, we went to South Shore to hit Banana Republic 'cause of my gift card, and I did in fact get a nice scarf. Banana Republic is obscenely expensive, so I'm choosing to not think much about how much that scarf cost and just thinking of it as "One of my bosses gave me a scarf for Christmas," which is completely legit and it is a lovely scarf.
It was nearing on 5:30 and we headed to the Food Court to eat. My mom and brother got food at Bourbon Street Cajun Cafe and then we got a table, sat down, and my mom gave me money and I headed over to Beantown Burrito. They were closed. wtf? It turned out that the mall was closing at 6, and most of the Food Court was closing at 5:30. Damn New Year's Eve. (Regular mall hours are 10pm on Saturday and 7pm on Sunday.) I ended up getting a PBJ (peanut butter, strawberries, bananas, and yogurt) at Planet Smoothie, which was actually quite yummy.
We left the mall and could see snow falling lightly. Gee, just the other day I was thinking how all the warm weather has been lamentable but at least I could finally traverse the sidewalks again. Lovely white covering the ground when I went to bed and when I got up the next morning, though. We didn't get a White Christmas, but hey, a White New Year's is better than nothing -- though I hear it's supposed to warm up and rain tomorrow :(
I watched reruns of Cold Case and Without a Trace and then my mom looked at the TVGuide and was gonna watch Austin City Limits with Elvis Costello, so I headed out, but from my room I heard Tom Hanks doing standup, so I came out, and it turned out to be an honoring of Steve Martin, whom I have never particularly liked, but they showed The Great Flydiini from Johnny Carson and I actually thought it was really good and I ended up staying for the whole 2 hours, though a lot of the other stuff I was less a fan of. The speakers were quite funny for the most part. Lots of joking about money and self-deprecation and faux jabs at Steve Martin and faux gay (Oh, Dave [Letterman] & Steve's Gay Vacation). Martin Short was very very funny, though I could have done without the digs at the Bush administration. "To say that knowing Steve Martin has been a thrill -- would be something I just read off the TelePrompt." "It's safe to say that Steve Martin is a genius -- not true, but safe." Dave Barry, on doing research on the Internet: "I learned that there's a lot of pornography on the Internet. And you should check it out."