Jaye Wells


Just got home from Wal-mart. Now, I am usually a Target gal. If I could live in Target I would. But Wal-Mart is closer to my house and they have a nursery section (plants, not babies). I promise my spawn that we’d buy some flowers today and plant them together. I also needed some other basic household stuff, so I figured I could handle a trip to Wally-World.

My biggest complaint about Wal-Mart is that it’s too freakin huge. And forget going there on the weekend. Luckily on a Wednesday mid-day it was relatively empty. And then there’s the quality. If you’re looking for a garden hose, you’re golden. If you’re looking for cute hand towels for your guest bathroom, don’t bother.

Also, when did Wal-Mart become your one-stop shop for life? The one I went to was one of those super ones with the full grocery store, a McDonald’s, a photo studio, a tax filing company, an eye doctor, a car service center, and a nail salon. Pretty soon you’ll be able to get your pelvic exam there too.

The spawn was thrilled with our shopping experience. This is due to the two pairs of shoes he got. First, he got Thomas the Tank Engine sandals. Pretty basic and super cheap. Then the ultimate buy: Thomas the Tank Engine tennis shoes with lights in the heels and on the sides whenever the spawn stamps his feet. If you’re sensing a Thomas theme you’re right. Although he’s branching out–there was a scary moment when he demanded Sponge Bob underpants and I couldn’t find them in his size.

So what have we learned today? Not a damned thing. Except that my loyalty to Target will never be swayed by falling prices or a blue-vested greeter.

Now I have to go hose down the spawn because while I typed this he colored his entire right arm in marker. Then we have to go plant some flowers.

9 Thoughts on “Bargains

  1. Anonymous on March 1, 2006 at 2:10 pm said:

    i love that you call him “spawn” and because of you, i just decided i’m going to adopt a child from thailand, just so i can call him/her “my little an-thai-christ”


  2. Erik Ivan James on March 2, 2006 at 6:39 am said:

    Ya know, I wonder why it is that people who post “anonymous” are such cowards. Maybe it’s because they really don’t believe what they say or, can’t back it up.

    Entertaining post, Jaye. What are you planting?

  3. Jaye Wells on March 2, 2006 at 7:42 am said:


    That post was actually made by one of my best friends. She was trying to be funny. She signed it “Z” so I knew it was her. But you’re right, normally anonymous posters are bad news. Just not in this case.

    We planted lavender and petunias. I also got him a kid’s mixed bulb kit and marigold seeds, but I have to find a good spot. He insisted we buy marigolds because one of his shows talked about them. Although honestly he just loves the watering bucket I bought him. I could pretend to plant something in the dirt and he’d be happy as a clam pouring water on it.

  4. Erik Ivan James on March 2, 2006 at 10:50 am said:


    Thank you for the heads-up on the anonymous post. To your friend, I sincerely apologize for sending back the corn-cob.

    Plant the marigolds, let your son grow them along with himself.

  5. R.J. Baker on March 2, 2006 at 3:37 pm said:

    Leave it to Erik to place his foot firmly in his er, mouth. ; )

  6. Jaye Wells on March 2, 2006 at 9:08 pm said:


    I was kind of touched that he steppe dup to defend me. He’s like my knight in shining blogger.


  7. E. Ann Bardawill on March 3, 2006 at 2:41 pm said:

    Never to buy food from a store that also sells underwear.

    I know I never do.

  8. Jaye Wells on March 3, 2006 at 4:33 pm said:

    LMAO. Sage advice, indeed.

  9. kathie on March 5, 2006 at 5:18 pm said:

    I love that you’re planting already. We have at least 6 weeks before any planting can take place. I don’t live near any of those super wal-marts, but I do go to Target. Dangerous, dangerous place, that Target. Glad the shopping trip went well.

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