I Haz a Grumpy.
Things have been crazy busy the past few days. Actually... it doesn't really seem like I should feel as busy as I do given the paltry nature of the disruptions I have been facing. But I just HATE it when I'm busy!
It was nothing major... but after putting it off as long as possible, I finally had to give in and do some shopping... I HATE shopping!
Hideous, don't you think? Actually I don't think this photo really does justice to the day glow hue of this lovely garment. But I suppose that's the idea - if the drivers are all commenting on the grotesque nature of my color selections, well, at least that means they've seen me! Anyhow, it sorta kills me to spend nine bucks on a stupid shirt, especially one this ugly. But I suppose if I look at it as a piece of safety equipment rather than just an article of clothing it's not so bad.
Still, it ticks me off that I had to spend the better part of an afternoon running around town, dealing with idiot drivers, and waiting for ladies who had themselves parked in the thrift store dressing rooms with entire cartloads of clothing.
And is it just me, or have the clothing prices at the thrift stores gotten significantly less um.... "thrifty" of late? Seriously, they wanted $6-7 for used shirts! What's up with that? And the other day when I bit the bullet and went to buy new washcloths, I checked the thrift stores first and found that they wanted $1 a piece for used washcloths! And $5 for used towels? I'm all about buying used, but not when it's 3 times the price of new stuff.
I dunno... maybe the cost of labor is just so expensive here that it costs more to wash, sort, price and sell a used article than it does to buy and sell a new one made in China. Something is just horribly wrong with that equation.
Anyhow... I had intended to cross a bunch more stuff off of my list on this little excursion, but by the time the shirt objective had been achieved (well that and the cat food and kitty litter objectives) I was totally spent. I finally gave up and postponed the trip to the hardware store until today ordered the rest of the other crap I needed online.
Online shopping still makes me grumpy, but at least you don't have to deal with traffic and idiots in parking lots, and obnoxious ladies in thrift stores, and guys climbing on ladders in the one aisle of the pet food store where I needed to be... and... and... and...
OK... I know I'm mostly just bitching here, but I totally don't get it. Why do most people in this society think that shopping is fun? I really, REALLY don't understand. I mean, is the thrill of acquiring something new really worth the hell you have to go through to buy it? Not to mention the torture chamber called employment that is generally required to earn money so you can have the privilege of being further tortured by the retail establishments.
I suppose I'm being unreasonable here, but I just can't help it.
Anyhow... is this just me? Does anybody else out there hate to shop as much as I do? Can somebody pleeeezzz tell me why people think this is fun? Grump... Grump... Grump....
OK... sorry to rant. We'll return to our regular programming soon....