I’m loving the new products from the Stampin’ Up! Spring catalog. There’s something for everyone – cute, elegant, vintage, guy stuff, and more. You’re going to love it, and you can begin ordering on Jan. 3. Here’s a card I made with the Tea Shoppe set from the annual catalog, and a lot of products from the new Spring catalog. Check out the build-a-brad, the paper doily, and the designer paper. So pretty!
The paper doilies are white, but I was using Very Vanilla paper. So I died it with Crumb Cake ink. It’s really hard to see, but I scored a border on the bottom of the card with the new insert for the Simply Scored scoring board. And the teeny tiny flower in the brad is from the new set “Collage Curios.”
So that’s the end of the stamping talk. The rest is just “chatter,” so you can sign out now if you want.
Yesterday, Wes’s girlfriend Stephanie went shopping with one of Wesley’s roommates. I promised Steph I’d stop by WalMart on my way home this afternoon to see if anyone had found it. What was I thinking? WalMart at Christmas on a Saturday? It was crazy.
I stood in line for about 10-15 minutes at customer service. The line was out the door, so I decided to chat with the lady in front of me. She had just bought a $35 doll that had been marked down to $20, but she was charged full price. Her biggest concern was that her taxi would get to the store before she got to the counter and she’d be charged while the driver was waiting. “It costs $10 to get home anyway.” I realized that’s about what it costs me to get home; I may start using a taxi.
I finally got to the front of the line. The girl at the counter wanted me know that if it had been turned in, I couldn’t pick it up. Only Steph could pick it up. “Yes, I realize that. I just wanted to check on it in case you haven’t had time to call, since she’s working and I was in the area.” The girl looked at me suspiciously, but still went to the office to check. It took several tries before anyone answered her knock on the door.
She came back to tell me that someone had already called about it the night before. “Yes, I realize that. I just wanted to check on it in case you haven’t had time to call, since the owner of the wallet is working and I was in the area.” Off she ambled again to check.
Next came a manager. “Ma’am, someone has already called about this.” *sigh* “Yes, I know. I just wanted to check and see…” Another sideways glance, and off she went. “It will be a few minutes, because I have to go back…there,” she said, giving a kind of vague wave/point gesture as she departed.
Ten minutes later, she was back. “Ma’am, no one has turned it in, but someone already called last night.” “Yes, I know…” (You probably have this memorized by now.)
Then, of course, I had a most brilliant idea. What if I walked around the store and looked for it myself? Never mind that I had no idea what part of the store Steph was shopping in or that Walmart is really huge. Or that it was super busy with a lot of irate shoppers 2-1/2 weeks before Christmas. I was on a mission.
I walked slowly down each aisle, stooping now and then to peer under the shelves. I didn’t find the wallet, but I did almost get run down quite a few times by shoppers who were in more of a hurry than I was. And I got a lot of funny looks from people – including several employees on walkie-talkies. (“Suspicious character in aisle 7…”)
And then I got distracted and started buying Christmas gifts. Since shopping hadn’t been part of the plan when I came in, I didn’t have a cart, so I kept dropping things. I’ll bet they were really glad to see me leave! It was kind of fun, because I picked some of the most sour looking shoppers and made it my goal to make them smile. And I did, most of the time.
I realized from this experience that we’ve all become so caught up in our own little lives and problems, and we’re so preoccupied with getting the perfect gift on someone’s list that we’re missing out on the joy and wonder of Christmas. After our Christmas concert tonight, Mike mentioned that it was so beautiful and the carols were so full of joy and hope. He wished everyone could just listen and “get it.”
So I’m wishing you a joyous season. Take some time to relax, drink a cup of tea and ponder on the wonder and magic of the season.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy,and have a wonderful day!