Do you have a "safe place"? You know, when you need a break from the kids after being cooped up in the house all day... work is stressing you out... or you just have an hour to fill before an appointment or school pickup?
If you're like me, you head to — The Mall. Okay, maybe Target. Borders (RIP). Costco.
That happened to me. All in one week.
I've been really trying to avoid those places since I started A Year (Almost) Without Shopping, but old habits die hard. Maybe it's a bit of serendipity, but not once — but TWICE — within a few days, I've run into friends while out wandering the aisles.
On Monday, the refrigerator was looking woefully bare, and I headed out to Costco to stock up on bread and sliced turkey. Snooze. As I labored to push my loaded cart to the door, I heard someone call my name.
Looking up, I to saw my friend coming in the door.
"What are you doing?" I asked.
"Oh, just wandering around," she said. "I thought I'd stop in and grab something to eat."
So we bellied up to the food court and had an impromptu ladies' luncheon of hot dogs and Diet Pepsi.
"You're the only person I run into when I'm out shopping," my friend said, ennumerating the other times I'd seen her out and about: Costco. The Costco on the other side of town. Nordstrom Rack. The other Nordstrom Rack. The list was getting a bit embarassing. We are both shoppers. But we tend to go about it alone. Maybe not in such a great frame of mind.
What circumstances prompt you to shop? Do you shop alone... or with friends?
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