The last Saturday before Thanksgiving, and it's the last semi-normal weekend before the holiday. This means that I'd have time in Marian Mode due to my attendance at a Speech Therapy session and time to go out shopping as Marian if I wanted to do so.
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I was tired when I got up this morning. And I think it's due to getting less quality sleep than what I needed along with getting up early enough to get to Mercy College by 9 am. Luckily, I had staged my contribution to our holiday celebration by leaving the sparking apple cider in the car the night before.
Reaching Mercy, I was ready with my check and the supervising therapist was ready with my receipt - a first for both of us, as one of us is usually delayed by 5 minutes upon arrival. I neglected to think about two things, a bottle opener and glasses from which we could drink from. But this wasn't much of a problem, as we used a staple remover to get the cap off the bottle and used some plastic cups to enjoy our drinks. We also had pastries and miniature cupcakes to go along with things, and it was a nice way to see how I'd stay in Marian Mode during a simulated social interaction.
One thing I noted was that if I'm laughing, or finding something very funny, that I had a hard time keeping my voice in the female register. I told the young ladies about the porno movie I saw the other night ("Bat Pussy"), struggling to describe a funny idea for a story (the making of the worst porno film ever made) without referencing anything that would be distasteful in mixed company. All three of us were laughing, in part, because of the absurdity of trying to tastefully describe my experience in seeing this film while knowing that this film had no taste, no style, no inherent social value whatsoever.
Today's session went way too quickly, and it was sad to be reminded that I have only two more sessions with these ladies. I will miss working with them.
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When I was done, it was off to New Jersey, so that I could look around the stores in Paramus. While driving, I chatted with GFJ, and we agreed not to meet this weekend as she still had her sore throat from earlier in the week. (I don't want to infect my dad with a bug when we meet on Thanksgiving.) There was a lot of good stuff on clearance today, and I bought a shirt with two broaches for less than $20. The shirt alone listed for $30 less than 2 weeks before, and I picked it up for $10. Not bad for careful shopping.
Then it was off to The Avenue. I was saddened, as the saleslady told me that they are closing down this store's location after the holiday season. All goods were marked down by 30%, which is not much of a deal, as their sales tend to average a 30% markdown from list price. We chatted for a while, and she told me that she couldn't use her employee discount at this store (or any other store). This frustrated her, as she was about to buy some clothes as gifts, and would no longer be able to do so until she is transferred to another store.
At this point, I went back home to nap, and I rested for a few hours, never bothering to go out again....