I don’t know how these things happen. Well, maybe I do. I am talking about what occurred this past weekend. I can’t believe it happened again. Hmmm, actually, I can. I LOVE TO SHOP! The worst part is now I have Wiseguy accompanying me on my superfluous treks to the world of eternal shopping damnation. Is it good to be bad? Well, let’s analyze this shall we?
This past weekend I had the most difficult decision to make. It really was a challenge and I thought long and hard about it. Should I stay home and vacuum, dust, mop, wash bedding, prep my meals for the week, or should I walk away, closing the door to my eternal list of chores, and head out to the far away mall to spend coinage that I should not be spending? After a heart wrenching debate, I came to the conclusion that life is short and the winter clearance deals won’t be around for long. Besides, I was in need of my special cold-pressed exotically flavoured extra virgin olive oil and the mall was mere minutes away so best to leave my spring cleaning for when spring arrives in a couple of weeks. Sometimes it is best to put off until later what you planned on doing today. Yes, I have a very unique brain function. So…off to the mall it was!
Wiseguy, not working that day, actually decided to accompany me. Shock! Surprise! (Actually I think this was in the hopes of averting a major shopping spree and bags of blessed goodies to be added to the overstuffed closets at our humble abode. There we were at 9:30 a.m. pumped up and ready for our trek. We got to the mall and found the parking lot quite empty. Beautiful! Nice close parking so that when we ambled back to the car on tired feet, knees, hips, we wouldn’t have far to venture. BEEP BEEP! Car locked and off we went!
As I have professed before, shopping is not just about acquisition. It’s not just about the bargain hunt. There are actually many benefits to a day of shopping.
HEALTH BENEFITS: You spend that day wandering from store to store. That’s walking. Walking for three hours is a good work out. The particular mall we went to was actually a series of connected stores, but to get into each store you had to go outside. So, we got to be in the great outdoors AND breathe the nice cool winter air as well. The biggest workout was trying on jeans. That’s a pretzel challenge in itself! The mobility you need to climb in out of denim while keeping your balance works your core muscles. Quite the workout.
ENCOURAGE HEALTHY EATING: After climbing in and out of a variety of clothes you realize that if you just ate more fruit and vegetables and less chips and pizza you could probably pull on those jeans without having to lie down on the bed to make yourself lanky as a piece of cooked spaghetti. While you’re at it…throw in some exercise! Nice shapely muscles would look wonderful in those sleeveless tops you just purchased.
SELF-APPRECIATION/LOVE a.k.a. SELF-ESTEEM: Then again why think about diet and exercise when you know you are a remarkably beautiful person! You don’t need to lose weight. You are perfect the way you are. Nice little love handles and a pudgy little belly are awesome for hugging. Nice and soft and cuddly. So, forgo the clothes and shop enthusiastically for shoes. Shoes are safe. Whether your body is pleasantly plump or wispily thin, your body size doesn’t matter, but your footsies will feel so spoiled and you will look MAAAARVELOUS!
ANTHROPOLOGICAL STUDIES: Out of school? Well, never stop learning as your shopping excursion will lead you to become a student of anthropology. With enough treks to the malls of the world, you could technically become an expert people watcher and understander (yup, my new word for my very own dictionary) of the ways of humankind’s behaviour.
DISCOVERER: Consider yourself to be like Christopher Columbus or Leif Erikson on a journey to discover new worlds…shopping worlds, that is. New retail outlets are popping up all the time. Perhaps it will be a gizmo/gadget store. Kitchen supplies, hunting regalia, artisan foods, new inventions, the [shopping] world is your oyster! Imagine how popular you will be with friends and family when you tell them about the 70% off sales! You will become the most knowledgeable and reliable go-to person for anything that people might be in need of. You will become, not only a famous explorer, but a hero as well.
UP TO DATE WITH COMMUNITY EVENTS: With all the driving you will be doing, you will be “in the know” of what’s going on in your neighbourhood and other cities too. You will see the signs for road closures and upcoming construction. You will see high-rise condos being built and new houses springing up where there was just sparse land a few weeks ago. Houses for sale, garage sales, grand openings…you will see it all and share this vital information. You will be the divine Knower AND Seer .
RESTAURANT REVIEWER: After an arduous day of trekking around from store to store you will have worked up an appetite. Why not have a nibble at a nearby restaurant or café where you have never been before? Adventure and full belly all in one shot!
So, as you can see, there are many virtuous reasons for my locking up the house and venturing out into the Shopping-sphere. It’s educational, full of health benefits, wisdom building, adventure seeking, jolly good fun!
We return now to MY…ahem…OUR excursion to THE outlet mall. Wiseguy’s hopes of a few simple items were dashed quite quickly (and painfully). The hop, skip, and a jump for deliciously special olive oil and a pair of gym-worthy running shoes became the WINTER CLEARANCE EXTRAVAGANZA OF 2018!
Oh, I forgot to mention the mental marathon of all the math that is done while shopping. For example, check our these mathematical tabulations:
- 3.5 hours of meandering from store to store.
- 4.81 miles (7.741 km) of distance covered
- 1001 calories burned walking and 800 calories burned trying on jeans
- 6 billion calories after eating pizza / wings / bread at the local authentic Italian restaurant
- Infinity smiles after a super successful day of purchasing really neat-o stuff
- Overload – what your brain does when trying to calculate how much you ACTUALLY spent after all of your 70% off savings. Yikes!
FINAL COUNT: 4 blouses, 3 dresses, 1 pair skinny jeans, 2 sweaters, 2 slinky spaghetti strap tops, 1 pair running shoes for gym, 1 pair high heeled peep toe shoes, 3 different flavoured herbal teas, gym clothing gear and for Wiseguy 6 Shirts, 3 pairs of shorts, 1 pair Wiseguy-size (14) comfy running shoes. One fantastically yummy lunch at Café Amoré with my handsome man.
GRAND TOTAL: Happy wife = happy life
EPILOGUE: Almost, but not forgotten, I did get my special cold-pressed exotically flavoured extra virgin olive oil