...yesterday the hubs and I had an errand to run. Not a particularly important errand, that is unless you want to say..watch the tele and/or be able to change the channels then this becomes more important as days go by and baseball winds down. In other words...our remote was toast and we needed a new one.
The closest cable store was about 20miles away in a city that we had once lived but had not visited in twenty five years, usually preferring to pass by it on the freeway. It was a pleasant enough drive although we were getting our three inches of rain for the day (I knew we would pay for that beautiful summer!). Traffic was quite heavy but not obnoxiously so, if you've ever driven here you know what I mean. Well, once again long story short, we got lost.
As we pulled into a parking lot to check my directions I noticed a string of stores in front of us. Rubbing my eyes I looked again, in wonder. There in front of me was a TJMaxx, Home Goods, Tuesday Morning and Trader Joe's. To my right, some sort of restaurant and a Goodwill, and to the left a Starbucks. I barely let the hubby stop the car before I was out the door like a flash and singing and twirling in the rain. I had not been to any of these stores, EVER. (except for GW and SB) I had never seen these stores, EVER. But I sure have heard about them and especially read about them on other blogs.
I visited each and every one of them, slowly perusing the isles and dreaming of the day I could spend more than the $14 in my wallet. If we were to get coffee then that would bring my budget down to about $7 but I was determined. I first went into Trader Joe's to get some snacking items so I would not have a low blood sugar incident in any of the other stores, all geared up I headed to Home Goods first. Not bad at all. Most of the housewares items were well priced and if you came across a clearance isle then you hit pay dirt baby. But the furniture, lamps, rugs, are all an iffy thing to me so I'm not sure if it was a great bargain or not. Then we, yup he came with me, headed over to Tuesday Morning. Gah, ick, skip it is about all I can say. I could have found better quality and selection over at the GW. Next we headed down to TJ Maxx feeling a little dejected and rather tired from the large amount of largeness that we had to navigate throughout the day. I was so pleasantly surprised. I could breathe, let out the air I had been holding waiting for disappointment. It was a cute (?) store, clean and well stocked, and the prices were reasonable. I was mostly looking in housewares, baby clothes and home accessories so I can't really vouch for their clothing department but I did spend my $7 on my grandson and left there happy.
We did finally find the cable store just in time before they closed for the day, had something to eat, and thought about driving past our old house. We didn't. I don't want to see it thirty years later, I'd rather keep my memories of that house as it is the one we lived in when we had our babies. Too special a memory to sully with years gone by. But there was a moment, though fleeting, if I wondered if I had found the promised land.
Have a good week friends. Remember; " any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere. I would be different." under the tuscan sun