I’m stuck at the Mall!

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

I’ll keep it short and sweet as I’m actually writing this on Friday and yes, I still have Christmas shopping to do. It’s awful, but I’m not a good shopper. Every year I plan to be done early because I dislike crowds and leaving it late means I’m bogged down in the worst crowds of the year. (With the exception of the return lines in January)

What I should do is shop online, but that is just as bad. It takes too much time. This is why I like one stop shopping. I like to go to one store, with my list, and get it all done. Kohl’s is my hero! They have almost everything I need. Between Kohl’s and Michaels I can get ninety nine percent of my shopping done and not have to go to the mall. But then there is that pesky one percent left.

And that’s what I face today. I face the mall. I need something (and I can’t type it here because the person is sure to look) and I have looked at Kohl’s and been let down. They don’t have it. So I’m forced to make the trek to the mall and deal with the granite floors that hurt my joints (don’t say I’m getting old, my joints started to hurt at 20). I have to push my way through the crowds and figure out where I am by the map on the kiosk. If I can find a kiosk.

At least there are no tele-marketers at the mall. I remember a time when they would loiter in the hallways trying to get you to take surveys, or watch ads in a tiny room and give your opinion. No longer are we subjected to that. But there will be crowds. And the worst part about shopping. Making the decision.

That’s my real issue. Can I get this particular item in the store (that’s a half mile walk down the granite pathways) cheaper? Will it be nicer? Or if I walk all the way down there will they be out?

How much time will it really take to buy one item once I get into the trap that is the mall?

With any luck I’ll be finished by the end of today. Otherwise, I’ll be out shopping Christmas Eve with the crazed husbands. (shudder)

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good write!

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7 responses to “I’m stuck at the Mall!

  1. Shudder. The mall. The mall on Christmas Eve Eve.

    Hope you found what you were looking for, Jessica, and made the executive decision to “just buy it and don’t look back.”

    I sit here this morning with three hours until “go” time. In three hours the kiddos and grandchildren arrive for the traditional Christmas Eve breakfast and gift giving extravaganza. I got everything prepared ahead of time. Except my planned Danish Pastry ladder log. I’ve never done one before. But, at midnight, when I finished the sticky buns and eggs/potato/sausage casserole, I decided we would have plenty without that: French toast with fruit compote, bacon, sausage, eggs-to-order, eggs benedict, lemon/raspberry tartlets, sticky buns, stuffed strawberries, hash-brown/sausage/egg potato pie, biscuits, sausage gravy. And, yet…

    Three hours. I could get Danish done in three hours. Or, not.

    Merry Christmas, Jessica!

    • Oh why am I not in Texas and eating at your house? I am so jealous. My steel cut oats are cooking on the stove and they do not sound nearly as appealing.

      I did find what I wanted and at a fabulous price, I almost bought two! So I guess xmas eve eve is not a bad time to shop. And as long as you weren’t in line to see Santa, it wasn’t bad at all. In fact the particular store I wanted had absolutely no one in it and no lines. I had terrific service. It was the parking and trying to drive home that was a mess. But I think I’m finished. Maybe. I might need to run out to Kohls one last time. Just to be sure.

      Have a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous Christmas Eve!

  2. Jessica,

    I like getting my shopping done ahead of time, too. Crowds aggravate me, I get flustered and irritated. I don’t do fairs well, either.

    Good luck on your trek, wear cushioned soles, stop and sit for coffee often.

    • I’m not a crowd person either, but I dislike shopping so much I end up out there with them anyway! As much as I’ve gotten better at scheduling my writing the shopping is not there. I did purchase some prezzies for my hubby early, but that was it! And the one place in the mall where the line was out the door was Sbux! On our way out though I saw a very nice little coffee and yogurt shop tucked in the corner by Nordstroms. No crowds there and very peaceful looking. Next time I will tell my daughter to meet me there!

  3. I’m driving to Gloria’s house. YUMMO. I did something this year I said I would never do. I bought all my nieces and nephews gift cards. They have those stands at every grocery store now. Well, I did buy the two youngest ones DVDs. Good luck and have a restful holiday when you make it home. 🙂

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