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Amazon: Where Hermit Shopping is a Pleasure (Publix)

Shopping makes me feel like this.
Shopping makes me feel like this.

Sundays tend to be my domestic goddess days. I’m usually busy for hours with vacuuming, laundry, and even ironing. While I was ironing my son’s work pants, khaki Chinos, I thought that he could probably use a couple more pairs. Then, I thought about going to Kohl’s, where we got the pair he presently owns. I didn’t want to think about how they are going to insist I use my Kohl’s card so I can save whatever percent, and ask me if I have my Kohl’s cash or Kohl’s coupon from the circular that is mailed to my house every 25 seconds. As your friendly neighborhood work from home ENGLISH professor, shopping that requires all of these numbers and extra accessories makes my head hurt. Then, I remembered that I don’t have to go to Kohl’s, or anywhere, to get my son’s Chinos. There is that glowing safe haven for all of my shopping needs – Amazon.

  1. You don’t get pestered to join a rewards program every time you check out. If one more cashier asks me to add a plastic card to my key ring I may end up on the evening news for flying over the counter and stomping on the cash register while screaming, “I JUST WANT TO PAY AND LEAVE!!” On Amazon, you get asked to join the Prime program once a year, and it actually has real benefits like free shipping and cheap movie rentals.
  2. You can choose not to apply for the store credit card without some human in your face trying to reiterate how much money you will save because obviously your are not understanding this. I don’t want the damn store card and I’m not stupid.
  3. Two words—other people. You don’t have to walk through a maze of people who either enjoy shopping or don’t know what the hell they want to get to your item of choice. You just click and pay. It’s a slice of hermit heaven.
  4. Most things are actually in stock. I hate to name names here, but Best Buy, I’m talking to you. Most of the time that I go into actual stores, other than the grocery store, I am unable to locate the item I need. This happens ALL THE TIME in Best Buy. It almost NEVER happens on Amazon. They stock EVERYTHING.
  5. No parking lot.   Parking lots always seem full whenever I want to shop. Also, they’re usually not covered, so you need to walk in the snow, rain, wind or whatever unpleasant weather to get to the nice climate-controlled store. And, there’s usually that one idiot who leaves their dog in the car, which causes me to have to dig out the phone number to report them to the sheriff’s office. In addition to everything else, there are creepy people who stalk you so they can take your parking spot, and sometimes, according to a recent 20/20 episode, they get violent.

I’m not taking any chances. I will just stay right here at my cozy dining room table with a cat on my lap, and log in to Amazon. See you never, people-filled stores.

Note: “Where Shopping is a Pleasure” is Publix’s slogan.  Publix is the world’s best grocery store, and I miss it dearly now that I live in Yankee land.

Lush and Apple get the thumbs up; Best Buy and Pearl get the Stink Eye

Most of the time when people take a sick day and end up at the mall, it’s because they’re faking the sick part. This was not the case on Monday. My husband and I were both up sick all night Sunday night and we can only narrow it down to the spinach salad we shared at Pearl, a new restaurant in town. Stink eye to you, Pearl.

When the alarm went off, neither one of us were in any shape to work, or even think.  So, we went to our computers to email our bosses.  You know I wasn’t feeling well because I work from home and I was using a sick day.  So, I attempted to turn on my TWO MONTH OLD MAC, and it clicked at me.

I thought I was hearing things because I have tinnitus and the hearing of an 80 year old, but my husband said, “What is that noise?” That’s when I got scared. The noise was real, and it was coming from my precious Mackenzie.  Yes, I name everything.

So, I emailed my boss from my iPad and went back to bed, while the husband made a Genius Bar appointment for later.  He had already tried calling the customer service line at Best Buy, where he bought the computer, my Christmas present.  Best Buy told him that since we did not buy their extended warranty they could do nothing for us.

We both went back to sleep and rolled out of bed at noon, like rock stars, or just middle-aged people with abdominal cramps.  We carefully, and slowly, ate some toast with plain tea.  Then, we ventured off to the last place we both wanted to go, the mall.  On the way there, I told my husband to check the Von Maur bathroom if I disappeared from the Apple store.  No matter where you live, if you have a Von Maur in your mall, that bathroom is like a slice of septic heaven.

Macbook Pro
My poor Mackenzie’s test results

I managed to avoid running to Von Maur.  I’m proud of myself for this.  I waited in Apple with my husband for our Genius, and he really was and is a genius.  I say this because he fixed my computer for free.  Bobby, our Apple person, tested Mackenzie and found that her hard drive was bad.  He had some time open RIGHT THEN, and he was able to fix her within an hour.  Bobby, you rock, and I hope I am spelling your name correctly. If you are an ie Bobby, I apologize.

We had some time to kill, so we did what all older people do and walked the mall.  We ended up walking in to Lush Cosmetics just because the colors were pretty and it was a good distraction from our rumbly stomachs.

Lush Cosmetics
They aren’t kidding about that handmade stuff.

If you read this blog often, or ever, you know that I HATE talking to people I don’t know, and I REALLY hate talking to salespeople.  Andrea and the gals at Lush were lovely.  I ended up buying some soap, a mask that is so natural it needs to be refrigerated, and a “Charity Pot” of a lotion.  Lush does not test on animals and they support a number of charities.  Their prices aren’t bad either.  Everyone was so helpful at Lush, and I wish I remembered all of their names, but I’m always bad at that.  I’m surprised my husband didn’t get their names as he remembers EVERYONE’S name.  He is the reason we asked for “Bobby” when we went to pick up Mackenzie.  If it had been up to me, we would have been asking for “that guy with the sleeve tattoos and the long beard.” So, you know, like most of the guys who work at Apple.

After Lush, we got a couple of decaf coffees at Starbucks and sat in the comfy leather chairs and talked about how awesome Apple and Lush were.  And how we would never buy anything from Best Buy ever again, or eat at Pearl again.

So, though it wasn’t the best day ever, I did learn some valuable lessons on Monday.

  • If you are tattooed to high heaven, and you are having trouble getting a job, Apple, Lush, or Starbucks are the places for you.  Please note that my son has stretched ears and has not been able to find a job.  This is why I notice where the tattooed and pierced could work.  I am not tattooed, and I do not judge people who are.
  • Do not buy Apple Products, or anything really, at Best Buy.  First of all, they never have anything in stock, and second of all, they would not do a simple exchange in this situation.  If they had, I MAY be writing good things about them.  You lose, Best Buy.
  • Buy all of your beauty products at Lush.  They support these kinds of charities, and they don’t hurt our furry friends.
  • Stick to things that are cooked, NOT SALADS, when dining out.  At least you have some chance of the germs being cooked away.
  • Back up EVERYTHING EVERY DAY.  I’m talking about on the computer.  I’m not suggesting anything inappropriate here. I LOVE my Google Drive, and I will never not use it again.