There are plenty of people I see on a weekly basis – coworkers, choir members, my local Starbucks barista – but there are few people I actually want to see on a weekly basis. Ashley is one of those rare people whose company I never tire of.
Usually when my best friend and I get together, we just go out for coffee. Between my boldness (i.e. social awkwardness) and her acerbic sense of humor, the two of us are all the entertainment we need (along with our lattes, of course). But today we decided to change things up; get a little wild and crazy. So we got our coffees to go (gasp!) and went shopping at an outdoor mall in the beautiful sunshine.
Normally I loathe shopping. I know, I am a freak of nature who may be asked to have my woman card revoked (Do we even have woman cards, or is that just a man thing?). Fortunately, shopping with Ashley is more than tolerable. Ashley doesn’t make me to go those designer jean stores whose toothpick jeans mock my ensuing muffin top. We don’t shop at fashion-forward boutiques where tummy-bearing camis are all the rage. We don’t go to high-end shoe shops where the hoity-toity clerks eye my very practical, comfortable black heels that I wear to work almost every single day.
Shopping with Ashley is fun. Today we went to Sephora, Kendra Scott, a bookstore and a chocolate shop. For a moment, I was tempted by some beautiful opal earrings at Kendra’s, but they were $130. I found a lovely fragrance at Sephora, but $40? It’s not that lovely.
Ashley and I shopped together for five hours, and I spent a grand total of $18. For my $18, I got a tall latte, a small cup of chocolate ice cream and five books. I feel like this is very telling. But to all you leopard-print high-heeled shoe lovers out there, I say: Coffee, books and chocolate? A woman’s got to have her priorities! 😉
I also loathe shopping. If I have to shop, I make a list first, head straight to what I want, pick it up, pay for it, and get out of the store. But books and chocolate are different–shopping for them is not even a burden. J.
My kind of man. I like your style!
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I like shopping, but not actually spending money. I mainly do it to got to the video game store, but my favorite thing to is people watch. I could watch people walk by and judge them for hours.
Reh, heh heh…. I, too, love judging people for hours… 😉
My favorite thing to do is shows on Hallmark. Me and my daughter are always trashing the writers on those shows (even though they are meant to be pretty cheesy). I’m always joking that I could write terribly for Hallmark.
You could be an amazingly bitter writer for Hallmark. Their cheesy stories would have so much more depth with a few jabs from your bitter heart embedded into the predictable storyline.
And I would have all kinds of inside jokes that my bitter followers would be able to try to search for.