Recipe today at Lime Green Kitchen
BBQ Cups – not my favorite recipe but Chad and Vince love it and it’s really easy so I guess it should be my favorite recipe to make!
To be fair, I am not a shopper. I’d rather drive across a bridge than go to a mall . . almost!
Yesterday my parents wanted to go to the mall. I still haven’t figured out why. Maybe they’re ready for me to go home. If they mention the mall to me again, I’ll get the message and I’ll leave. 🙂 Being the agreeable person that I am, I went to the mall with them. It’s the same mall that has been here forever, though more stores have been added, it has been renovated and updated. Though I’m certainly not an expert on malls, it’s probably a good mall (if there is such a thing).
But the service! Good grief . . if I had been wanting to shop, I’d probably have left a whole lot sooner and gone home and bought anything I needed off the internet. It isn’t just the people working . . it’s the whole feeling I got in the stores. We went into three or four stores and in every store, I felt like if they could have gotten by with it, the workers would have said “Why are you here? Why are you bothering me?”
A large department store was our first stop. As always, they had everything I wanted on sale. I picked up new chair pads for my dining room and a cute Christmas rug for my kitchen. Got to the checkout. There was a line. Not a problem but the problem arose when one of the two registers was out of cash. Don’t quite understand that but the person at that register had a return and needed cash back. Then the second of the two registers rang up a whole cart full and didn’t have any paper in the register. Had to change the paper, couldn’t get that to work . . no, thanks. I don’t need these chair paids or this rug. Left there with nothing.
An upscale department/specialty shop was the next stop. Mom needed some particular brand of face powder that she uses. The lady was very helpful. Walked right up to help us. Mom needed color “1”. Nope, none of that. No color “2” either. No idea when they might get more. OK . . strike 2.
Went upstairs to look at irons. I hate to say it but mom has a Rowenta I love and she got it at Dillard’s. Couldn’t find the irons. Two people were working upstairs. One guy was sitting at chair, with his head on a table like he was taking a nap. The girl working was talking to a couple of friends and they were passing a cell phone back and forth looking at something or talking to someone. We found the irons but they had one like mom’s and the box was all torn and tattered like it had been dropped or returned or something so I didn’t get that and didn’t bother to wake up the sleeping worker to see if they might have more. Strike 3.
Mom was looking for a gold round pillow for something. Found one . . didn’t have a price. By this time, sleeping beauty had awakened and was gone, as was cell phone girl. Left the pillow behind. Strike 4.
Dad was looking for something at gadget type store He went in there. Four workers and dad was the only shopper. The four were talking among themselves. Never once asked dad if he needed help. Dad walked around looking for what he was looking for, didn’t see it and left. No one said “thanks . . come back” or “sir, can we help you find something?” Strike 5.
We left the mall empty handed. We were all three prepared to buy, had the cash to buy but left with nothing. This confirms for me that getting what I need from the internet is way less hassle . . takes less of my time, I can see everything I need to see right on my computer screen and the buttons on my computer are never rude and they’re always awake and ready to serve me . . except that one keyboard with the Dr. Pepper issue. Those keys are just a bit sluggish sometimes but so far, I’ve never caught one of them napping on the job.
You shoppers out there . . I’m one person you will not find standing in line this Christmas season. I’ll be home quilting . . waiting for my trusty UPS man to bring everything I need . . right to my front door! And, when I hear on the news that sales are down, I’ll wonder if it’s because of the economy or if it’s because shoppers went to the stores and gave up in frustration, vowing to never shop again. Oh . . wait . . I’m the only one who hopes to never shop again! 🙂