Monday, July 07, 2008

Outward Bound, Retail Edition

Steve and I were shopping on Saturday, looking for mundane but necessary items for our upcoming vacation--basic bathing suits, flip flops to wear into the water to protect my toes from the rocky bottom, sunscreen with SPF 940. Unbelievably, we went in and out of SEVEN different stores without buying a thing. Seven! Everywhere we looked were hoochie-mama bathing suits that were not exactly what one wears while floating on a noodle with one's five-year old niece, flip flops with high heels (???), and sunscreen made of baby oil. Everything we'd need to vacation on the Onassis yacht, but rather inappropriate for the woods of Maine.

I'll admit, the whole experience made me grumpy. Steve cast it in a new light, though:

"I like shopping without buying anything," he said, taking a glug of his giant (heavily caffeinated) ice coffee. "It's kind of like going on a hike..."

There you have it. When people ask what we did this weekend, "We went hiking," is my new answer.

I'm glad we didn't have to camp...

7 comments:

Liza said...

I always find things when I go shopping with someone else with no plans to buy anything. The last time I went shopping with my grandmother I found 5 pairs of shoes. Drives me crazy when I'm looking for something and can't find anything.

Manic Mom said...

That is totally my kind of hiking! (I hate outdoorsy stuff, but if it was an outdoor mall, then it's OK!)

Jen A. Miller said...

HA! Shopping was Carrie Bradshaw's cardio, after all.

L Sass said...

I always get cranky when nothing suits my spending pleasure!

Two Date Diva said...

I was looking for bathing suits a few weeks ago and I had a similar experience. I'm all about wearing a 2 piece suit, but I really do want my girl bits completely covered. Some of the suits I saw were basically thread and band aids. I couldn't find one that covered everything very well (and I'm not all that big)!

keri mikulski :) said...

I'm like Liza - I find things when I don't need them or I have no plans to buy. :)

ellesappelle said...

I have to say, you picked the best title EVER for this post. Very funny.