Monday, December 27, 2010

Boxing Day

I did something that I have not done in years yesterday....I went to the mall on Boxing Day.  I received a couple of gift cards for Christmas from my family.  They have learnt that I am notoriously difficult to buy for, and I am grateful that they have decided to do the gift card.  I know some people may think that is cold or un-imaginative, but to me that is practical.  I never know what I want until I see it, plus I get to shop...which I have to admit I totally adore doing, and they don't have to spend hours wandering around looking for something I most likely will return.  It's a win-win situation as far as I can see.
But I digress.  I was standing outside the one and only store I planned on visiting on Boxing Day - People's Jewelry Store. I mean who doesn't want a gift card from there?  As I lean against the pillar outside watching the people line up at various stores...waiting in buyer's anticipation, I begin to wonder about the whole Boxing Day thought process.  I look around me and no one is lining up to get into the jewelry store.  Well, me and a couple of older people....that's it!  I look across the way and there is a line zig-zagging through the mall outside of La Senza.  This is where I begin to wonder.  I can get diamonds, gold and other gems at People's for up to 60% off today or I can line-up and get crappy underwear for the same price that I'm going to pay for a beautiful necklace made of tri-gold. In fact, you don't even have to line-up if you don't want anymore.  Most of what you can find in the stores you can order online, and during the season they mostly offer free shipping.

What did I learn out of little excursion to the mall on Boxing Day?
  1. Shopping on-line rocks.
  2. Gift cards can be fun to receive and use.
  3. Reaffirmation that going to the mall on Boxing Day is not for me.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A beginning.

It seems so simple in theory.  To put one's thoughts down on paper, or in this case, to computer. The questions are never-ending. How does one begin to record one's life?  Does it start now?  What about the past that helped shape the person you are today?  Where does that fit? If left unchecked the questions can stop you from taking action. For me every new journey begins with a single shaking step into the unknown. This is mine.