So we decided we wanted Panera for lunch today. The nearest Panera is at Memorial City Mall, a popular mall on the west side of town that sits right on the I-10 corridor, one of the most heavily congested freeways in Houston. We fought traffic all the way there due to construction on I-10 (widening project!), and the mall parking lot was an absolute madhouse, the worst I've ever seen. You would have thought it was three days before Christmas from the frenzy and the christmas music. Luckily, you don't have to enter the mall proper to get to Panera, since it opens to the outside, but I imagine the smells and sounds of Christmas were choking inside. What is this insanity? I mean, it's not even Thanksgiving yet, people!
I am busily resolving at this very moment that all my christmas gifts this year should be homemade.
BTW: Has anyone ever heard of going to church for Thanksgiving? We passed a church on the way home with a banner up advertising their Thanksgiving service. Too weird.