Amanda and I started the day with some breakfast at Atlanta Bread Company (after the perfunctory “Brucey Cuddle Time” which hasn’t taken place in a few weeks).  After that we went to Home Depot to pick up a new handle and other piece for the toilet that Michael broke the other day.  Okay, so all he did was flush it and it the stick that lifts the stopper broke off from the handle.

We went on back home where I installed the new piece.  We let Bruce outside then we went out to do some Christmas shopping.  We didn’t get a whole lot done, despite walking all around the mall.  We did, however, pick up a Duke dog collar for Bruce (which I’ve been wanting to get for a long time now) and a Duke flag.  Then we looked in Express for Men and I saw this jacket I really liked, so, since Amanda said I don’t buy things like that for myself very often, we picked that up too.

That reminds me; Michael Mercer, my live-in brother-in-law, said he’d join a basketball squad at church if I did too.  Now, as much as I like basketball, I really suck at it.  But, in order to get my brother-in-law out there, to get him to meet some people, I’m willing to humiliate myself.

After the mall we went to Lowe’s and Wal-Mart looking for a flagpole for my Duke flag.  Neither one had one, which we thought was odd.
So let’s see, what else?  Every year we’ve been married so far we’ve picked up an ornament with the year on it that you can put a picture into.  It’s a tradition I wanted to start.  So we got one of those from Things Remembered.  Actually we paid for it and were told it’d be about an hour to get it engraved (with the year) so we got some pretzels but then forgot to go back and pick it up.

We did pick it up though, when we went back out.  Amanda, Michael and I were going to meet Ben and Jessica Lambeth at Atlanta Bread Company for dinner before heading over to the movie theater to catch Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.  It was a bit out of the way to stop by Independence Mall on the way to Mayfaire, but we wanted to go ahead and get it before we put it off too much.

Michael and I picked up the tickets while Amanda parked the car.  At 28 years old, I got carded although Michael, at 23, did not.  I don’t think I look younger than him.

We met up with Amanda then went to Atlanta Bread Company to meet up with Ben and Jessica, who were already there.  We ate then walked back to the movie theater.  It was pretty cold out tonight.  Once there we got in a line to go in and see the movie.  We got carded again in line, but this time it was all of us.  This was something new to us, and Jessica had her ID in the car.  The guy let us all go on through, but apparently they’re really cracking down on underage people getting into movies.

Borat was pretty damn funny.

Zach Dotsey