All Grown Up

30 06 2012

When I first started travelling down to the states it was always for clothes shopping. Some people might think it is crazy to catch a ferry off of the island and wait in what can be hour long border line ups to venture across into the U.S.  to find some good deals at clothing stores that we did not have up in Canada. My ex would argue that we never actually saved anything because of the cost of the hotel and the ferry but it was more about the thrill of the find than the actual total cost of the trip. This is why very quickly the shopping trips became for women only.

It was expected that it would be a marathon of shopping. I instructed whoever travelled with me that they had to pack lightly because we needed room in the vehicle to accommodate all of the shopping bags. We would use the divide and conquer method ( everyone shops on their own) so that no one was kept in a store that they were not interested in painfully waiting for their friend to find that illusive perfect pair of shoes.

 There is nothing worse than the panic I would feel when I realized that there was only an hour left until the stores closed to discover all of the best deals. That is when the real power shopping would take place. The stores would close and our tired bodies and sore feet would head back to the border.

How times change!!!  It is the Canada Day long weekend and I am down in the States with my BFF. I must thank her for joining me. I had initially planned this trip with the guy I was dating but the trip wasn’t going to work because the relationship didn’t so I was left wondering if I should cancel it all together. Serves me right for planning a traditionally girls only trip with a guy.

 I say times have changed because when we were discussing the plan for the weekend the stores we wanted to venture to had changed. The clothing stores had been replaced completely. Gone were the days of Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie and Fitch. OMG we were wanting to go to Target, Walmart and Petco.  Our entire day used to revolve around hitting the outlet mall and this trip we stopped in for 10 minutes while I ran in to the Vans outlet to pick up a couple pairs of shoes for my son and get this….. my bff, Michele….she stayed in the car!!!!!

The car is loaded up with the granola and sauces that I love from the Archer Farms brand that Target carries, we have Chex mix from Walmart and a pet door from Petco.  We are lying in bed in our hotel room drinking our coffee and tea (my bff brought me “passion” tea as she felt that with the break up it was all I was going to get) checking our facebook and seeing if anyone has texted us. 

We used to come down here with requests from people to bring back a bottle for them or a certain type of beer not found in Canada.   Now, my list from friends and family back home consists of Exedrin Migraine (which has been pulled off the shelves- email me if you know why) and bottles of salad dressing from The Olive Garden.

It is sad to say but this time crossing the border back in to Canada I will not be nervous because I am over the allowable limit .I have always been honest and sometimes I have had to pay and sometimes they let me go through. Honestly I used to wonder if my bff and my face was plastered all over the border control offices and that they played find Cheryl and Michele as a part of their regular training exercises. Now that they have raised the limits to $800 per person for a 48 hour period I am way, way under and am afraid that they will not believe us and search us truly based on reputation.

I am still just as excited about my purchases as I was when I used to shop purely based on fashion. I just can’t wait to get home to marinate some chicken and steak in the new sauces instead of model my new clothes. How times have changed. I think I am finally all grown up.



2 responses

30 06 2012
Jacquie Ker

that sounds fun…………….especially the thorough search based on reputation lol. Isn’t funny how times have changed (with age)

2 07 2012
Dave Rackham

Cheryl, it does sound as if you are growing, and up is the direction you are heading. However, to claim you have arrived at that desired destinstion may be premature. I beleive that no one ever reaches that state of completeness. You may get close but you never cross that finish line. Think of it like continually dividing a number by 2. It keeps getting closer to zero but you’ll never get there. As the number is infinate, so are the lessons of life we can learn.

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