Our unfamiliarity with the layout of the mall and the department stores.
Too many decisions to make.
Nevertheless, yesterday Mr. AOW and I ventured out to one of the largest of our local malls. Off Mr. AOW went on his scooter to do his own shopping while I spent most of the day at Macy's, where I purchased a few items of clothing for myself. While at Macy's, I ran into a former student, a staunch fellow conservative, and chatted with him for a while — a highlight of the day for me. He and I get together all too rarely.
Unfortunately, yesterday's shopping trip yielded few results with regard to locating suitable Christmas gifts for the few with whom we exchange gifts every Christmas. More Christmas shopping to do! **sigh** I may have to resort to handing people gift cards instead of actual presents.
After our mostly-fruitless shopping expedition ended in the early afternoon, I brought Mr. AOW home. Thanks to the excellent physical therapy that he's been getting, this year's Christmas-shopping trip was much easier for him than last year's. In fact, yesterday's shopping trip marked a landmark day since 2009: Mr. AOW did his own shopping without any help from me. That he can now manage a shopping trip on his own indicates how much progress he has made in his stroke recovery!
As my consolation prize for enduring a trip to the mall, in the evening I made a rare trip to the cinema and watched The Life of Pi:
Mr. AOW didn't go to see the film because he's not much on going to the movie theater. He prefers to wait for the DVD version. Besides, as I mentioned above, a marathon shopping expedition wears him out. He was fast asleep by the time I returned home.
Have you seen The Life of Pi? If so, what did you think of the film?
Perhaps Thersites will visit this thread to discuss The Life of Pi. He has indicated a willingness to do so.