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05 December 2008 @ 09:26 am
Argh! Shopping!  
There's something about xmas shopping that turns the town centre into Hell on Earth. Of course doing my grocery (plus other) shopping on a Thursday afternoon doesn't help, as that's Late Night Shopping Night (ie post 5:30pm) during the run up to xmas. And the 'plus other' I had to do this week also included xmas shopping of my own, so I had to go into places that sold gifts. Add to that that everything's "On Sale Now!!!", I had to keep turning down a 3 for 2 offer in one shop (several different sales assistants pointed it out while I was in the shop). It really doesn't matter if I'm buying one thing, for one person - yes, I could buy another thing and then get yet a third for free ... or I could just buy what I've come for & not two more things I don't really want and don't have people to gift them to.

And I might have to go back in today, as not only is J trying to persuade me that if the boots I want for xmas have gone into a sale then I should make sure I buy them before they sell out (I think it's unlikely, tbh, but he does have a point) but also the only ink cartridges I have are the 'introductory' ones that may or may not have enough ink to print 60ish address labels. And I forgot to buy any more yesterday. I should talk to my mother first tho, see what ideas they have for pressies, then I can maybe get some more of the shopping done. Yes, I know I could probably find everything online etc etc, but I find that only works if I know precisely what I'm buying - if it's an idea that's vague (like for a tiny baby "oh, a toy would be good") I find it helps to see the things to make my mind up. And some people's pressie ideas are still at the "oh they'd like this (small, unique to Ipswich) shop, wonder what I can buy from there" stage, which doesn't suit itself to online shopping at all.

And 90% of the grumpy (and the Caps of Doom) this morning is because we ended up being up Far Too Late between the game I was playing & the game he was playing, so this morning came rather sooner than I might've wished ... the coffee & toast I've just had will kick start the day nicely tho & I'll be in a better mood by lunchtime when I might think about venturing out again ;)
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JKT Skinner: =only one=rethought on December 5th, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
Xmas shopping is just all around pants.
Margaretpling on December 5th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I like having things to give people, but the getting thereof is never much fun when it's xmas rather than birthdays.
technoid on December 5th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
I had something akin to this in a shop in San Fran, years ago. I had literally just crossed the threshold of the shop before an eager assistant was asking me if there was anything she could do for me. I answered "I don't know, I've just walked in", followed by walking out a full 30 seconds later. I know it's trying to be helpful, but I need time to browse.

Once in the local pub, my folks & I were kept on being asked while we were eating if everything was OK. After the 4 time in 20 minutes, I replied "It would be better if you left us alone" rather brusquely. She got the message after that, as did the pub; They no longer ask :)
Margaretpling on December 5th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Quite. A little bit of fake-friendly interest goes a long way :)
susanc: kittysusanc on December 5th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
I gave up on labels ages ago. Just couldn't deal with them. I always managed to make even the best done labels look messy. Now I print addreses directly on the card. It takes a bit of fiddling but once it's done the rest is just feeding the envelopes through.

Have you been to the new Westfield Mall in London yet? It looks so cool.