I know there are people out there who think gift cards are the cop-out gift, the gift that says, “I didn’t put any thought into what to buy you for this occasion”, but I’m not one of those people. I suppose a gift card could say that, if you received one for something you have no interest in, but I’m talking about the ones that say, “I know you really like books, but I have no idea what you have already or what you might want, so here. Go shopping.” Or, “You said you need clothes, and you want clothes, but I’ll just mess up the sizes or the colors or the style, so here. Go shopping.” I LOVE those. And my family tends to come through for me, as evidenced by the years of Amazon and Ann Taylor gift cards. They’re perfect. I don’t mean to say that I don’t appreciate the sweater or the DVD, ’cause I do, and I like them very much, and I’m thrilled that you know me well enough to pick out the right sweater and DVD. But it’s so much FUN to actually do the shopping and the picking out that I feel like I got TWO gifts.
My point is that today was my big shopping day. By 11am, I’d been to three stores: 1) Kohl’s, so I could exchange pants for John, 2) Target, ’cause John needs cushion-y socks for his work shoes, and 3) the Ann Taylor Factory Store in the outlet mall so I could spend my fabulous gift cards on fabulous work clothes for my new job (that starts next week! Yikes!). From there I went to the mall mall to look for a headband at Lord & Taylor (which I did not find – maybe it’s supposed to be at Ann Taylor Loft?) and to use my Banana Republic gift card. I could have used it at the Banana Republic in the outlet mall, but I cruised quickly through that store and didn’t see anything I liked. At the one in the mall mall, however, I found that sweater I was drooling over with Mom in the mall in KY in the perfect GREEN shade I like so much, and I bought it for $34.99! (It was $59.99 two weeks ago. Yay for sales.) And I got a cream cami (with satin-ish trim) to go under it AND they gave me an extra 10% off just for using my gift card. Yay for retail desperation.
Here is a badly aimed (and blurry) picture of the two of us outside the restaurant before dinner last night:
Blurry as it is, this picture is far better than our other attempts. We asked the hostess to take one before we were seated, but it’s too far away and overexposed. The ones we took after we got home have strange expressions and double chins. (The photos themselves, not us.) Not okay for internet viewing.