Just as I was getting ready to work some more on my song, Lindsey calls. This was just before 3:00. She says she's going to one of the local malls to pick up her photos at Sears and asks if I want to come along. Never being one to turn down a chance to shop, I said yes. I told her I could be ready in 45 minutes. She said she'd be there about that time.
By 3:45, I was showered and dressed and waiting for Linds. By 4:00, I was convinced that she had actually meant to call somebody else. Around 4:30, Mom called. I told her I was going to the mall with Lindsey. At 4:45, I called Linds. It turns out she was planning to pick me up at 3:45, but Breanna had a "blow out" and Reilly had a potty accident (he'll be 3 in February and he's about half-trained). Linds said she was heading out the door.
A little after 5, Linds, Reilly, Breanna, and Linds' sister Leigh Erin showed up in Linds' parents' van. I got into the middle seat next to Breanna, who was bundled up to her chin in her car seat and sound asleep. Reilly was in his car seat in the back row. Leigh Erin was in the front passenger seat and Linds was driving.
We got onto the interstate. Linds mentioned to me that the van's shocks are gone. The van's a '94 model with over 132,000 miles on it. I'd say we were about halfway to the mall when the van stalled. On the interstate. In the middle of rush hour. Thank God, the van coasted and Linds was able to pull onto the shoulder. Leigh Erin called their parents and told them what happened. The van had stalled during turns on previous trips, but apparently Linds' parents hadn't believed it when she had told them that. This time, I hope they believe it. The van is unsafe! Linds restarted the van while Leigh Erin was still on the phone with them. We quickly got off the interstate and took the long way back to the mall.
Our first stop was Sears, where Linds picked up the pictures they had done when Robert was on leave. The photos looked cute and I hope I get a wallet size of the four of them. There was a clown at the photo studio making flowers and swords out of balloons, but Reilly didn't want to go over and meet her. I think he was shy, but I'm not sure.
Then Linds wanted to get new charms for her Italian charm bracelet. The mall actually has a store devoted to Italian charm bracelets. One of the women who worked there had short hair dyed violet and green glitter in it. I wanted to ask her if she's a Laby fan but I didn't have the courage. I got a little bored in there so I went across the corridor to the Disney Store.
Whoever makes the Disney Princess dolls needs to watch Beauty and the Beast again. Belle has brown eyes, not green. And it wasn't just one type of doll -- every design of Belle doll had green eyes. WTF?
Our next stop was Baby Gap for Lindsey and the kids while Leigh Erin and I went to Hot Topic. Leigh Erin found a Jareth hoodie for me, but it was 100% cotton (so I know it'd shrink) and $41, so I decided not to get it. However, I found the Labyrinth poster book and a Jareth postcard! The poster book I'm keeping and I'll send the postcard to Rachel. When I went to pay for them, the cashier (a nice girl probably in her mid-twenties with tattoos all over her arms and a pierced lip) asked if I was a Laby fan. I told her I was a big Laby fan. She said she had been to a Bowie concert in Kansas City a couple of years ago. One of her friends was there with her 6-year-old child, who said, "That's the guy from Labyrinth," when Bowie came out. Too funny! Then, she said that after the concert, she found out she was staying at the same hotel as Bowie when she met him. She met David Bowie! Ooo, I was happy for her and totally jealous. She also noticed the V for Vendetta pin on my purse. We agreed that the movie was just as good as the graphic novel, and Hugo Weaving was the perfect person to play V.
Next, Arby's for dinner. I love mall food courts, even if they overprice the food.
After that, Reilly wanted to play in the mall's play area. I still needed to get more blank music paper to write my song on. So, Linds and Leigh Erin took the kids to go play while I went to the piano store. I got lost more than once trying to find the damn store and when I got there, they didn't have what I'm looking for. I'll have to look online for the stuff since the two music catalogs I've received lately don't have it either.
Finally, on my way back to the others, I passed David's Briar Shop. I love that store -- they sell figurines. Animals, fantasy, etc. They sell pipes and stuff too (I think that's what the name means), but I was definitely not interested in that. I didn't think I could afford anything I wanted in there, but I wanted to look around anyway, so I went in. I wandered around a bit before finding their small display of dragon figurines. I think there were about six different ones. They had what they called a black dragon, but it didn't look black to me -- it had brassy metallic paint on it. Then, I found a blue dragon on a craggy rock base with a pink gem. He was only $10 so I decided to buy him. Since I had a $25 AmEx gift cheque, I got cash back. Always a good thing.
My very own dragon. I shall love him. And pet him. And name him George.
Which, when you think about it, has to be the most ironic name for a dragon.
George has a decidedly perturbed expression. I don't think he likes his name, but it's what I'm going to call him. He can call himself whatever he likes, and I'm sure he will. I decided he's definitely a home desk dragon, so I can't talk to him right now to find out what he's calling himself.
After that, I went back to the play area. Linds was watching the kids while Leigh Erin was in the Bath & Body Works shop next door. I went in there and looked around a bit. I didn't see anything worth getting. I think looking at the LUSH site has spoiled me. I need to put LUSH stuff on my wish list. Anyway, B&BW has this product called Twisted Peppermint -- bodywash, bubblebath, and shampoo all in one. I've used bodywash/bubblebath products before, but I wouldn't want to put that stuff in my hair. To me, soap is soap and shampoo is shampoo and never the twain shall meet, despite what LUSH seems to think too.
We left the mall and went to Barnes & Noble across the street. Despite my B&N trip over the weekend, there was still stuff I wanted to get.
For myself I bought three fantasy anthologies (Salon Fantastique: Fifteen Original Tales of Fantasy edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2006 edited by Rich Horton, and Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy edited by Denise Little) and two cat humor books (Why Paint Cats: The Ethics of Feline Aesthetics by Burton Silver & Heather Busch and Bad Cat by Jim Edgar).
I didn't realize it when I bought it, but Bad Cat is by the guy behind My Cat Hates You. Too cool.
I also got a B&N gift card for Linds. On the way to the cashier, I passed a display for this charity thing B&N is doing. Underpriviledged elementary school kids told B&N what books they want and B&N is giving its customers a chance to buy them for the kids. One 10-year-old girl wanted one of Beverly Cleary's Ramona books. I loved those when I was a kid so of course I had to get it for her.
Altogether, I only had to pay $1.27 since I had a $100 AmEx gift cheque. Too cool.
I didn't get home until after 10:00 PM.
Between the company, the stuff I bought, and the coversation with the Hot Topic cashier, this was definitely one of my best shopping trips ever.
If you're wondering about the baby silverfish in the subject line, I found it in the shower this morning. Ick.