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We had another long whirlwind of a day.

It started off at Walmart for supplies and then we were off, driving higher and higher into the hills. We stopped at a simple shooting range so the boys could try out my boyfriend's new old shotgun. It was snowy and brutally cold up in the hills, colder than I'd prepared for, so I spent most of the time in the car with the heater blasting.

From time to time I'd get out and wander around, maybe over to the guys or towards something else that caught my eye. It was on one of these short outings that I noticed my boyfriend heading towards me. I rushed back over to see what was up. Two other guys had pulled up and everyone was happily letting one another shoot a few rounds on the various guns.

My boyfriend's shotgun and the younger man's coyote hunting gun were both far too big for me to handle, but the older man let me take a turn with his pistol. My hands bucked up in that stereotypical way after each shot but gosh was it a fun one. But before too long we were saying our goodbyes and heading off to the mall.

We wandered through Old Navy, admiring warm jackets and tacky pants while wishing we could take them all home. Travis got two cups of pretzel bites - salt and cinnamon sugar - and we sat on a pair of couches in an empty part of the mall enjoying our warm, delicious lunch.

Then we headed straight into Barnes & Noble, towards the board games. We walked up and down the aisles for some time, occasionally pulling out a game to show to everyone else. Then it was the Studio Ghibli merchandise, which Chris took pictures of to send his wife.

I hung around the blind bags, Pusheen merchandise, and various little toys while the guys sort of wandered back and forth. Board games, electronic games, various towers of merchandise... Then something caught their eye and we wandered over to the Funko Pops, surprised at all the obscure characters represented in plastic boxes with big black eyes.

Travis walked off, Chris stayed in place, and my boyfriend and I made our way to the D&D books. Before long Chris and Travis appeared. We sort of fanned out in the area, tabletop RPGs and video games and comics and manga and movie-based books, before eventually I had to drag them all away. I still had plenty of things to do!

We headed towards Sephora and the guys complained, mild grumbles about this or that. I got a couple of perfume samples before we attempted to find sunglasses to try on. But apparently JC Penny had gotten rid of them all so instead we just left.

We ended back up at the guys' place to hang out and play Zombies!!!, another board game. The first round was ridiculous and I won in a flash. The second was ridiculous in the opposite sense; mostly devolving into fits of laughter as Travis cooked spaghetti. After dinner we finished the round with far less enthusiasm, desperately hoping we would just be done already. (Or was that just me?)

At long last my boyfriend won and we could take our leave, arriving home so much later than we expected to. Almost immediately we'd crawled into bed, exhausted from our long weekend of fun and friendship.
Sounds like a fun day.
posted November 7th, 2017  
Days like that are great! Memories from today will last a lifetime and bring a smile when you need it most.
Love your tilted pumpkin, BTW.
posted November 7th, 2017  
What a great shot to memorialize your fun day!
posted November 7th, 2017  
Good to hear how your day went with all this activity. Why does the pumpkin have blue on it?
posted November 7th, 2017  
Cool picture.
posted November 7th, 2017  
Great complementary colours in your shot. Good to have a weekend away!
posted November 10th, 2017  
@maggiemae Someone painted the pumpkin! I'm not sure if they painted it for Halloween or just for target practice.
posted November 10th, 2017  
Love the composition and pov.
posted November 11th, 2017  
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