Yesterday my daughter and I went down to the Apple store in the Galleria Mall. This is quite a nice mall with tons of high-end stores like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany.
My daughter needed to get a new battery put in her iPhone 6. Now, I haven’t been in this mall in maybe 5 years except to go once maybe twice to Crate and Barrel and then I would only go in thru the doors on the outside. ( not in the mall itself). Well, I tell you, I was completely in overload, shock and, amazement the sheer number of people there and the amount of consumerism going on. Really I felt like my head was going to explode. There lines of people for 2 things we saw. Finally, I asked someone what they were waiting for. He was so excited,” Free Lipstick””. JFC!!! Free lipstick???? the line was halfway down the mall. Then the other huge line was ( I’m guessing here) for Nordstroms’s annual sale. They must have a limit of people in the store at any one time so, there was another huge line. Really,????? Really???
Then inside the Apple store, it was like an alternative universe. It was so completely shocking the number of people just in there playing with devices and waiting for service.
The other thing was we had come from the gym so we were in gym clothes ( which is generally my uniform of black cotton capris and a white T-shirt). But it looked everyone, was dressed for something I don’t even know what. I didn’t see one person carrying a water bottle but me. It was really a culture shock.
My daughter and I had a nice lunch though, at Plutos. Pluto’s has great salads and actual roast turkey(real). We had a lovely turkey sandwich which was delicious, so I guess that’s one thing that was fun.
The parking lot had people circling like vultures. Honestly, if I never go back I’ll be happy. Anything I want or need really, even from Williams Sonoma( their white kitchen towels are the best I have ever had and last years), I will just buy on- line.
I came home and collapsed in a heap!!! Fortunately, the drive down and back was fine. My little VW( that is 18 years old), did great and the AC worked wonderfully too.
I guess after seeing this I can only say Wow, people, you need to discover minimalism and zero waste, even if it’s a just a little. I just cannot even imagine why ALL these people would need to be there on a Sunday!!!
So, tomorrow, I have my foot doctor appt. This is the 1 month follow up. I don’t think it’s completely healed since after walking so much yesterday I can feel some stress on the top of my foot. But it is 92% better.
This morning I did the Flylady zone of the living room. Washed windows in there and my office area. Then I made a chocolate zucchini bread. I’ll let you know how it is.
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You’ve mentioned before going to Roseville for stuff — is that the mall you are talking about? That would be my closest big mall as well, and after reading this, I think I’ll pass.
Yes, I go down to Roseville to Costco, Trader Joes. tomorrow the podiatrist I’m seeing is off Douglas Blvd. I think going to Galleria is probably better weekdays and early. The Williams Sonoma store is nice. But….overall, I think I’ll just online. We did need to get the Apple Appt though for my daughter’s phone!
If you haven’t been , try a weekday when they open at 10 am!!
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Ha Ha, I wont be going any time soon.:)