Shoes! Yikes, the wedding is days away. I found a dress but forgot about shoes.
The last time I actually went to ‘the mall’ to shop was such a distant memory I dreaded making my first visit to a local mall in my new area. That’s correct; moved here the last day of February – a good five months ago – and hadn’t explored a major mall yet.
On-line shopping suits my shopping sense just fine. The mail carrier must wonder why I have so many parcels to deliver. Shoes, however, are better selected in person. I was hoping to find shoes in one of the few prominent of the multiple colors in the dress. Off to the mall; in between torrents of summer rains.
The mall is large; so is the parking lot. Why was the traffic so backed up in the lot? It was as if holiday shopping had begun in August. People were in holding patterns for parking spots. What the heck?! Then it occurred to me; tax free weekend! No wonder. Of all the days I could have chosen to shoe shop, it had to be today!
After an endless wait in the que of cars going nowhere there was a small break. Imagine my degree of excitement when I spied a car backing out of a space. No one else had the vantage point that was mine. Carefully, I negotiated the right hand turn into the lot. It was as if Scotty beamed me into the opening. Score!!!
I made good mental notes of my surroundings because it was all new to me. Luck seemed to be on my side. I entered the first store directly into the shoe department. A few steps in and the color jumped out at me. Casual, comfortable, a strong possibility and it was on sale. However, their were kids and moms all over every available inch of space.
Since it took me so long to find a space, I felt it was only right to spend more time in search of the perfect pair of shoes. If nothing else appealed to my senses, I had to leave through this door anyway. Onward to store number two.
On my search for the shoe department I passed by racks of ‘Reba’ designs www.dillards.com. I never saw this before and I enjoy watching Reba in ceaseless weekend marathons. I liked what I saw but didn’t need anything. In the shoe department there was another big sale; not too many in my size range. The color caught my eye…same turquoise family but with glitz and a little less casual than the first sighting. Picked them up; to my surprise they were labeled, ‘Reba.’
Could this be too good to be true? Two stores, two possible scores? On to store number three.
Suddenly, I heard train whistles approaching. Inside the crowded tax free weekend mall. What the heck? Not kidding. There it was, a scaled down model of a train snaking through the crowds. This was a first for me. I passed the ticket booth. Then a bungee area with a little girl bouncing off a tire-like trampoline, harnessed into a bungee cord up, up, up, down, jump, repeat.
I don’t frequent malls so maybe this is all the rage, but new to me. But wait, there’s more! An ice rink! Did I make a wrong turn and end up in an amusement park? Wow!
Store three offered no possibilities for my needs which was okay because I had backups. I strolled around in search of the food court and to consider my shoe choices. The cuisine choices were not tempting me but I did need the rest rooms.
Walking back to store two and past the ice skaters and bungee bouncers I played with the shoes and dress combo in my head. I also kept in mind the cruise in January (shoes/dress) and considered buying both pairs if they were still available. When I hold them up to the dress maybe only one would work. Store two has a three day return policy, I asked just in case.
Store number one was now clear of all the tax free crowd. Good call on my part. The style doesn’t come in half sizes…which would have been perfect. I bought it anyway because if I put socks on with it (not for the wedding) it could be perfect support for line dancing and cardio class at the clubhouse. Thirty day return policy at store number one.
Both shoes look good with the dress. I decided to keep both. Now my only decision is which one to wear for the wedding.
That same mall has a multiplex movie theater and several restaurants. I had been to the movies and a restaurant previously but didn’t walk through the inside entertainment features.
The movie was an outing with girls from the creek – nine of us. Drinks are way overpriced, note to self: next time bring bigger purse and smuggle in a bottle of water. Betty and I chatted up the ticket sales clerk and discovered that senior discount Tuesdays is six dollars all day. Good to know.
The movie we viewed was, “The Secret Life of Pets.” All of us enjoyed it, laughed a lot and agreed that some of the humor would be over the heads of the targeted kid audience. The movie ticket was redeemable for one appetizer at a one of the restaurant/bar venues in the mall.
We found a table to accommodate the nine of us and selected appetizers only to be told by the waiter that it was one complimentary ‘tizer per table. We discussed breaking down to smaller tables to order but the waiter frowned upon that since he knew we were together. We adjusted out plans. I, for one, will not return to that spot because of the overpriced menu and their unwillingness to modify their “rule.” Not even on a date…which is highly improbable.