28 January 2008

Shop Till' You Drop...

...OR...

Until 3:00...


Whichever Comes First!

Sunday was spent on the road with my mom and Rozzie...it was my mother's birthday present to her...to jet down to the Scottsdale Fashion Square to check out a few shops, then to Whole Foods for lunch and to IKEA...

Well, that's how it would have worked out if we had enough time anyway...

Rozz decided she'd like
to check out a Toys R Us while we were down there as well, so we located one and went after lunch and Whole Foods and the mall...and we were running out of time. I realized that I was trying to be upset we weren't going to get to IKEA, but I realized something even more important...

Who cares?

Spending fun time with people you love, eating good food...that's a heck of a lot more fun. My mother made the comment, "well, it's pretty weird when going to a food store is more exciting than going to a mall" She's totally right you know, going out for good food and buying food to eat later happened to be more inticing. I noticed how drained, overstimulated and spaced out I was when I went down to Phoenix with Rich last weekend...and I thought maybe it was a one time thing...but, after this weekend, and then reflecting on my whole "shopping experience" during the holidays...I am coming to the conclusion that something is changing.

Now, does this mean I will never want to go into an Anthropologie or Sephora again? Or a mall? Probably not...but I think it will have to be in small doses (and heavens, things out there are expensive...it's quite shocking really.) I mean, how many really pricey items of clothing, make-up or perfume do I need? Things I will probably get tired of just as fast as I always do. What have I possibly done in my life to warrant treating myself that well all the time? ...I mean, the only things I could be excited enough to buy were a package of rice cakes and a package of chips at Whole Foods and a birthday present for Rozzie at the Toy Store...

Did I have a great time
with my mom and Rozzie? Oh yes! Did we talk about maybe going down to IKEA only in the future? Yes we certainly did. But, some of the most funnest times of Sunday consisted of eating lunch, being in the toy store...and driving home in the crazy downpour of rain that was Arizona...it was pouring, drizzling, foggy...and there were impromptu waterfalls all over the place! The washes and rivers were raging and full...I was dying to pull the car over and shoot some pictures. By the time I got home, I was exhausted and buzzing...and it took me a couple of hours to calm down and relax...

There's got to be some sort of vitamin I can take for this right?

It was good fun, but there is something really satisfying about driving into town after a long day and breathing a sigh of relief that the whole world hasn't turned into apartments and strip malls...

Sigh.

10 comments:

kirida said...

Ooh, I love that card!

Dee Light said...

What a lovely card!!

I'm so glad you had a fun and relaxed time. Nothing can mess up a perfect day like feeling rushed.

Wende said...

Weird... I could have sworn I left a comment. I'm losing it, Sadira. :D

It's funny, the older I get the less I enjoy long days of shopping. Because we live out in the boonies, any kind of shopping really means a 2 hour car trip one way. The thought of spending all day on the road usually wipes out any of the allure to be in a store.

I think if I could walk to my local Anthropologie store just to browse once in awhile, it would be a different matter.

Sounds like a LOVELY weekend.

Lois Grebowski said...

I used to be a HUGE shopper, then it just faded away. Now when I *HAVE* to go to the mall, it's a stealth operation. Just grab and go.

For example, we may have to trek to fancy-schmancy mall tonight to pick up hubby's watch from the jeweler. I need some Sephora stuff. While he does his task, I'll do mine... done...zip...gone!

Now there are a few stores I like to linger in...fancy grocery stores (Whole foods, Fresh Market, etc.), World Market, and Penzey's (can you tell I like to eat?)

It's definitely the company that counts. :-D)

Missed ya, babe!

Felicia said...

Sounds like a wonderful day to share with those you love. And how wonderful to have such an epiphany.

I rarely shop for recreation (ok, except for maybe the craft store) so its usually a shock to me if I accidentally venture into a retail store on a Saturday. Culture shock I tell ya! Sometimes I forget it should be renamed "America goes shopping day".

flutter said...

and to think, I live in it!

Granny J said...

I go shopping so infrequently that I have to watch myself when I finally do hit a store! Now, with my camera, I can grab some choice pix in stores (if they don't catch me...)

luvmygreenbug said...

I used to go out of town on "shopping weekends" with my SIL and MIL (20+ years ago), left on a Friday, home on a Sunday...shopped from 8am to 10pm, stopping only to eat. It was great then....it would be a NIGHTMARE to me now! If I go to the mall, I enter the door closest to the store I'm shopping at...then escape! Now, a store like Michaels...I can lose myself in there for HOURS!

She sure is strange! said...

I so totally don't shop any more! And I LOVE it!! Mind you, the nearest IKEA is close to 200 miles from us, and Anthropologie? haha. I wouldn't even know. I haven't had a new item of clothing in years except for a brown pullover my brother bought me at Mast General Store in Asheville last year for my birthday. It feels good to not shop.

And yes, there is are vitamins(well, minerals actually) you can take for that. Calcium and Magnesium!! And B-vits, C, E, zinc.... Get you a good multivit if you don't have one already and up your fruits and veggies. And, remember L-Theanine too.

nuttnbunny said...

Sigh, indeed!

In 2008 I'm trying to enjoy the things I already have rather than always searching for new things :-)

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