I did the local shopping for Christmas today. I had to call my mom to confirm the color of foundation to get from Merle Norman, which led me on a hunt for a silly toy for my nieces, but also led to something good.
I started at Target to look for the Fijit. It was sold out. I bought some travel size baby care stuff for my littlest niece, who has a “Baby Alive.” Don’t ask if you don’t know . . . all of it made in the U.S.A. I also bought sheets made in Pakistan, and wrapping paper and ribbon made in the U.S.A.
I hit the Target on San Felipe next. No Fijits there.
I went to the Williams-Sonoma store to look for some canisters made in the Netherlands. They weren’t quite what I needed, but I did see some nice utensils made in Italy that I might ask for my birthday or go buy for myself.
I then went to Buffalo Hardware and found the Lodge (made in the U.S.A.) griddle I wanted. They also had a six pack of two gallon Ball canning jars (made in the U.S.A.) which will work perfectly as canisters for me. I just wanted something to hold the ingredients I use to make puppy cookies.
I made my way up Kirby to the Merle Norman on Rice Blvd. There was parking and why was evident as there was a little post it on the door that the clerk wasn’t there. Luckily, I had looked up other locations before I had left.
Next was Fly High Little Bunny. I bought my sister-in-law some pretty silver and pearl earrings there. I like that place.
Barnes & Nobel was next on the list. I used to go to the one on Alabama, but now I have to go to River Oaks. I found the CDs I was looking for. I also found a beautiful day planner for next year made by GLC/Kudu — made in Maine. All the rest (except for one other brand) were made in China. While I was choosing a color, another customer picked up three of the ones I was looking at! It’s a great planner and I will use it for everything from what I plant when and when to get pups their medicina.
I decided to get a bite to eat and call mom. They still hadn’t found the Fijit, so I told mom I was going to a Merle Norman somewhere on Ella and that I would go out to the Target if needed. At that point, they had had no success.
I stopped by Sonic (I love Sonic) and then moved on down to Ella, driving slowly and looking for a sign. Things are kind of crappy out that way, compared to where I had been shopping, and I was worried I wouldn’t find it.
It was drizzling and I used that to excuse my cautionary driving. Sooner than I thought, I saw the sign and pulled in right in front, just as another woman did. We walked in one right after the other.
The clerk was a young cute girl with braids pulled back in a clip and a sweet face. She asked us both if we needed help. I told her what I needed — jumping in first! — just as another woman came in and demanded samples because she had lost her job. And I am sympathetic, but the woman wanted the samples NOW and certain ones. (Thinking about it now, perhaps that is not such an unusual thing.)
The young woman had to go to the back to get the third thing I asked for and while back there, the demanding woman was muttering to herself and looking around the cramped store. As she rang me up, I asked if she was ok. She said yes, but I said I will look around for a bit, ok? She said yes.
After she checked me out, I looked around and she got the woman some samples. The woman wanted certain things, and as an after thought, said she would come pay when she got he paycheck etc. I stayed until she left.
Once I was sure she was gone, I left too. The clerk said thank you twice. I’m not a fearful person. I’ve always been aware of myself and my surroundings. This young woman needed reassurance that someone was there for her. It made my day. I just left a really positive comment on their website about her. Perhaps it will make a difference.
At the end of the day, I couldn’t find a store that had been in a place before and I couldn’t find the Fijit, but my mom did.
Now I just have to figure out when to thaw the turkey, how to get the smashed potatoes together, and then remember that we have a meet up with our buddies from Moscow day after tomorrow.