Shopping Extravaganza

Okay, the plan is for a
shopping “lollapalooza”
today at the mall; I’ll
meet you at Macy’s.
They’re having a great
sale on underwear and
from there we’ll hit
The Body Shop where
there’s a fantastic
“buy three, get three free”
promotion on everything
in the store.  Next, it’s on
to The Limited where
they’re handing out cards
with your own personal
percentage off on your
entire purchase!  Whoo
hoo!  Then on to the store
that doesn’t even need
sale prices because their
everyday prices are so
affordable, H & M.  Time
for a breather and lunch
at The Cheesecake Factory.

Whew, I needed that rest!

Hey, there’s Sephora, let’s stop
there and browse awhile.
We have to go to Zara’s;
I know that’s one of your
favorites but how about
we skip Forever 21 this
trip–it’s packed with
teenyboppers!  We wanted
to stop by Nordstrom’s for
their great shoe selection
and then on to Teavana to have
a sample of their hot tea
and wind down our day.
Well by all the bulging bags
in your arms, I would say
this has been a successful
operation.  Did you girls
remember where you parked?
I always park at the same place
so I won’t forget where–
straight through Macy’s,
up to the second level and out
through ladies’ sportswear
where the lot faces Maguire St.
That one time that I lost my car
at this mall was the last.  I never
want to go through that again!

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  1. Oh Gayle, I do the same thing with my car. Always loose track of it otherwise. Never realized before how many small gray cars are out there.

    Wonderful fun poem: a shopping trip in a post. Wonderful!

    Gayle, thanks for all your visits and kind comments. I hope you and your sisters have a wonderful visit. We’ll miss you on line and look forward to more from you when you get back.

    Keep safe and happy.

    In metta,


    • Isn’t that the worst feeling when you go looking for your car and you can’t find it! Well, this was pretty much the itinerary with my two daughters last weekend when they came to Orlando to hit the malls. I must say, I do a pretty good job of keeping up with them.

      You are very welcome, Jamie. We sisters always have a great time when we get together. We’re going to St. George Island to a beach house for a week. It’s in the Panhandle of Florida on the Gulf. We’re excited.

      I appreciate your kindness for me, Jamie.



      • I have read about St. George Island. It sounds like a lovely place. Hope you will post some pics when you get back.

        Your “Peacock” post will go up on 10/29 at “Into the Bardo.” Thank you so much. I know all the nature-lover readers and birders will enjoy it.



        • I’m very happy to share the story, Jamie.

          My sisters and I are all “bird freaks” so I hope we will see some unusual birds and maybe I’ll have something fun to write about when I get back.



  2. laurie kolp

     /  October 21, 2011

    Ha- I really enjoyed this one. Sounds exhausting… thank goodness for The Cheesecake Factory. We won’t even discuss the forgetting where I parked dilemma…


    • Shopping with daughters–very exhausting but so much fun to hang out with them. Losing your car is such a nightmare–thus, always parking at the same entrance–good for reducing panic!


  3. This is fun to read and makes me want to get some friends together and go shopping. It’s been a while since I’ve done that. I love the lines about remembering where you park the car, because it’s not fun when you’ve done all your shopping and have all your bags and then you can’t find your car!


    • I only do these “extravaganzas” with my daughters. They go nuts wanting to hit all their favorite stores here–they don’t have access to such good shopping where they live.

      I never want to lose my car ever, ever again!! Thanks for coming by. 🙂


  4. Androgoth

     /  October 22, 2011

    A very exciting shopping
    experience this one Gayle 🙂

    Have a lovely weekend now 🙂

    Androgoth XXx


    • It was more “crazed” than exciting. 🙂

      You have a good weekend too, Androgoth.

      Gayle xo


      • Androgoth

         /  October 24, 2011

        Thank you for calling into my Space and offering me such lovely thoughts on my scripts Gayle 🙂 Have a really nice evening and equally an exciting Tuesday my wickedly sweet friend 🙂

        Androgoth XXx


  5. Well, that was quite a shopping trip. I try to avoid shopping centers as much as possible, but LOVE The Cheesecake Factory. And yes, losing one’s car in a parking lot is always a dread of mine. I’ve come close! Nice write.


    • I do a pretty good job of avoiding them–even do some online shopping to avoid having to go anywhere. So not only do I avoid the crowds but I can’t lose my car either! 🙂

      I love The Cheesecake Factory too–their huge menu is like reading a book!


  6. A great list. I got to shop vicariously through you, which was nice because I’m out of my allotted funds for the month. 🙂


    • I shopped vicariously through my two daughters the other weekend too–I didn’t buy anything, just went to hang out with them.

      Thanks for coming by Cosmos Cami.


  7. I’m not a “shopper” and you articulated why! 😉


  8. i used to shop alot but just don’t anymore. I find it too exhausting and can get bargains at local small shops once they get to know you. It seems so much more personal. I do like on-line shopping for gifts. It goes right to the person. How convenient is that?
    I park my car in the same place, too, so it can easily be found. I park at the end of the lane. No on wants to walk from there. It makes it easy to see the car and you get a little more walking in.
    Hey … thanks for the shopping trip.
    Izzy xoxo


    • Lately, these types of trips are all about wanting to spend time with the girls. I would never do this on my own–not my idea of fun anymore. I like online shopping too, especially if there’s free shipping!

      Gayle xoxo


  9. shopaholic on a buying spree. 🙂

    its a really dangerous addiction, i too have its mild syndrome. i try to control it but it always gives a little slip.


    • My girls only do this once in a while and I certainly don’t have this “addiction” any longer. It’s no longer that fun for me to go from store to store. I prefer online shopping where it’s delivered right to your door. 🙂


  10. lol I felt all shopped out after reading 🙂 I could just picture you inside a mall 🙂


    • It’s a good thing my daughters don’t come to town that often and want to do this–it’s exhausting. But “in the old days” my girls and I were shopping divas! 🙂


  11. Good poem describing my nightmare of a day. I hate shopping! 🙂


  12. Omgoodness, remind me not to go shopping with you 🙂 I HATE shopping.. next to cooking it is my least fav thing to do. Unless it’s for new gadgets or electronics, then I may be tempted 😉
    Glad you had such a fun time though.


  13. Olsonomics

     /  October 25, 2011

    this is great – you really take the reader on a journey


  14. *smile* Thank you for the reminder of why I avoid the Mall like the plague! Never, ever. I don’t care what shops they have, it is absolutely not worth it, esp. when I can shop online! Now, it might be totally different, if like you, I had some wonderful daughters to share it with! I’m glad you had a good time, G. 🙂 OH, and I saw Jamie’s comment about a “peacock” and didn’t know if you had ever seen this…


    he looks like a giant, fluffy snowflake! lol 😀


    • Wow, that peacock is incredible! Yes, he looks like a gigantic, beautifully formed snowflake. I’ve never seen a white one before–I mean in real life.

      Yes, shopping with the girls makes it much more fun.


  15. Sounds like the shopping trip I did with my brother in CA on his visit here from New Zealand. Whew! That man can sure shop.


  16. I would totally be exhausted, Gayle! 🙂 The thing about the car? I have to do that, too. It is nice to know that there are others. FUN POEM!



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