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Ooooh, shiny!

DD and I were strolling through a department store recently. We were on the hunt for new towels for her, in a particular shade of purple. DD is quite particular when it comes to acceptable colours, and I approve of this.

We were making our way to towel-land, constantly getting distracted by various other items.

“I need a new Teflon frying pan, mom, are those ones there any good?”

“Hey there’s vacuums!. PG needs one!”

“Let’s look at Christmas lights!”

“Do you need any more area rugs?”

“Maybe I should stock up on birthday cards. You wanna get some too?”

Yes, this is how DD and I shop sometimes. We usually make a beeline for what we require and get the hell outta Dodge, but once in a while we meander aimlessly, without much focus, despite having a clear goal in mind. It may have something to do with low blood sugar, or maybe it’s occasional ADHD. We both do it, together and separately, so I know it’s definitely genetic at least.

So we stopped absolutely nowhere near the towels to examine something that I don’t remember. Then we got distracted by a little girl, maybe 4 years old, with her mom. The mom was speaking to her daughter in French, and the daughter was responding in English, which is exactly what DD and I used to do when she was little. This mom was telling the little girl to hurry up, that they had to leave soon, so stop dawdling. The little girl answered plaintively, “But Mommy, there’s not enough sparkles.”

DD and I didn’t even look at each other, but we both said, at virtually the same time, “There are never enough sparkles!”

… which is a pretty good motto, don’t you think?

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Too much of a muchness

My kitchen cabinets will be redone in four weeks time. I’m pretty excited about this, having dreamed and planned and talked about this for several years. PG is also excited about this, as he’ll no longer have to listen to me dream and plan and talk about it.

The kitchen designer had told me to wait until the cabinets were done before choosing a new countertop. She said that I needed to see how it looked in the room with the light in there to get a good idea of what colours might work best. At the time, I thought that seemed reasonable.

However, now I’m thinking the current dark greeny-grey countertops will look rather hideous with the dark reddish-brown colour I’ve chosen for the cabinets and I don’t know how long I will be able to live with such ugliness. Also, I don’t know how much lead time would be required to manufacture and bring in the countertop I eventually choose, then to have it installed. So I need to get on this very soon.

Then I started thinking about my sink. I had originally thought that I would keep the one I’ve got, but then I decided that I wanted an undermount sink. I would need to purchase a new sink, as overmount sinks cannot be converted. I’m still not sure if my garburetor would pose any issues to such a sink. I need to find out.

I had always planned to get a new faucet, regardless of the sink I end up with. I have a vague idea of what I’d like. Very vague. That definitely needs to be firmed up.

Obviously, a visit to the nearest DIY store was in order. A reconnaissance flight, if you will. A fact-finding mission. I mean, I’ve done a fair bit of research on-line, but now it was time to go in and touch some actual things, to see some actual prices, to talk to some actual people who know stuff.

Well, I only lasted about 15 minutes in there. I just got incredibly overwhelmed! There was just SO MUCH! And this was in just one store! Plus, the store seemed to be quite busy, so there didn’t appear to be anybody who could spend quality time with me and help me wade through these deep waters.

W6OZ61AeDBcSo1WHrvNzrCKvZbMIWMTXfemTehPLgnkbpEgeJYo6Jw-pnV3K2msPJEqnyQ=s85But I will go back and try again.

Just not right away.

And not until I’ve had a stiff drink or two.

Go forth and shop

I saw the following sign at one of the mini-malls near where I live, and thought it was quite appropriate for a mall:


(If you can’t read it and are too lazy to embiggen it, it reads “No loitering. Proceed quickly to your next shopping experience.”

Hmmm. Interesting.

Get moving, people! Isn’t Christmas coming up in about five weeks?!