I’m not much of a shopper. My shopping consists of weekly trips to the farmer’s market and grocery store (unless I can get out of it). Every couple of weeks I also hit Trader Joe’s, the Co-Op and Target or Wal-Mart.  Today was one of those days where I actually had to go shopping at the mall. The day’s mission was to get clothes for Easter (I know I really do own dresses and wear them on rare occasions.) BTW, this started as a Facebook status until I realized it would make a great post. OK so here is my list of annoyances and surprises:

Annoyance #1: Dress shopping is probably the worst form of shopping. I actually have to try on clothes. I tried on what seemed like 10 gazillion dresses. OK, so it was actually only 5. In case you are wondering I selected the first dress.  I have my shopping routine down. I know what brands, styles, sizes and stores so I can select clothes without trying them on. I just don’t like to try on clothes.

Annoyance #2: Shopping for clothes is harder for women than men. The sizing of women’s clothes varies widely from brand and styles. That is why I find a style of pants that fit and stick with it.  While I spent way too much time trying on dresses the  the Big Guy’s shopping was much easier.  Find the big and tall section, scope out the selection to find the best deal and then snag the correct size within a few minutes the dreaded task is over.  The hardest thing was finding something to match my dress and  deciding if already had a shirt that would work.

Annoyance #3: Rude chick using the speaker phone while shopping. Cell phone use while shopping is just going to happen. Many times it is necessary to find things. However, using one’s cell phone on speaker in public is not cool, especially in the bathroom.  The  rude cell-phone chick didn’t like my comments about her speaker phone use in the bathroom. I figured she had it on speaker so everyone could participate in the phone call. If you don’t want me interacting in the phone call then don’t put it on speaker in a public restroom.  I’m mean come on people use some common sense. Someone talking on a cell phone in a public restroom has to be one of the most annoying things.

Annoyance #4: Today was the day for rude drivers. I’ve noticed an increasing number of “me-1st-I’m-more-important-than-the-world-drivers” lately. They are the kind that cut others off for the only remaining spot when the other driver has been patiently waiting for the spot. Even more annoying is when they decide to back out or pull into a parking space/lot on top of someone who is already in the process of getting out. My new approach when someone begins backing out on top of me is to just put it in park and sit. I refuse to move until the other driver stops or is out of my way.

Surprise: Free food is always nice. There is a new Red Robin at the mall. The Big Guy and I decided to see if it was open today. It was a training event only open to invited guests. The nice chicks at the door said there open seats at the bar if we were interested. Hey for free food. The burgers were good and the salted Carmel milk shake was excellent. Will definitely be going back.

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