Target was a total success. Not only did they have Poe’s X-Wing with the figurine but I also picked up a giant 18 inch of, as Oscar Isaac said, “the best damn pilot in the galaxy.” We left Target on cloud 9. I was so glad to share the evening with her and have a blast. Passions are the best when shared with the ones you love. A Star Wars Rebels marathon on Disney XD was the perfect way to drift off to sleep that night.
At the time, I thought this was essentially the end of our mission. Hardly. The worst thing for our bank account that happened was the pre-planned trip to Orlando with my family. The first day there we tried the Super Target where I picked up Rey on her Speeder, a First Order Stormtrooper coffee mug, Linnea got a cute BB-8 shirt, and I bought my nephew a Boba Fett hot wheels car that he clutched all weekend.
From there, we went to the Florida Mall. This was also a mistake for our financial responsibility. I bought a set of figurines from the Disney Store. Even though they were just six little figurines for a modest $15, it ended up being one of my best investments. After all of the shopping, back at the condo, I sat on the floor and unboxed them with Luke watching me closely. Sharing this time with him, the same kind of moments I had with my dad during the prequels when I was young, was not lost on me. It is something that means a great deal to me.
I happened upon the ultimate prize of the weekend at Brookestone: the Sphero BB-8. Being championed by many as the best Star Wars toy of all time, this item is already selling out everywhere. Some have compared its predicted future Christmas sales performance to huge hits of the past such as furbee or tickle me Elmo. The sales woman at Brookstone said she thinks it is going to be a real life version of the 1996 movie Jingle All the Way. Linnea promised to get me one for Christmas but as soon as they started to sell out everywhere we decided to jump the gun. Let me tell you, I do not regret it. The thing is as cool, if not cooler, than I could’ve imagined. My cats enjoy chasing it around too.
At the end of it all, I know that I’m really grateful to have Luke and Linnea. She puts up with my crazy obsessions and passions. If anything, she encourages them. Lukey approaches the Star Wars universe with an innocence I forgot that I once possessed. That’s all you can ask for in life. 100 days until the Force Awakens and I can’t wait.
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