Holiday help....

I hate items that are a mess in stores.  I would imagine that others do, too.

Recently I was at Costco.  No extra buying for me there.  I can walk in for a roasted chicken and walk right out with only a roasted chicken. 

When I went to look for a Vanity Fair magazine to bring to my daughter in New Zealand, she had said she'd found them previously at Costco for a good price.  Vanity Fair is not a good price in the US but it's about 50% more in NZ, so I guess it's a good deal in America.

I found the magazine rack and spent over 30 minutes there.  Nothing was in order.  Everything was a mess.  I sorted but I couldn't figure out the pattern there.  Oh, that's right...there was no pattern there.  The customers and/or their kids decided to take every magazine and just toss it anywhere.  

I completely organized the whole thing.  Nobody got close to me while I was working.  I was on a mission.  And after I completed my new freebie job at Costco, I could not find one single Vanity Fair.  Arrgh!  I wonder how long that mag rack stayed organized.  Maybe 10 minutes?

I ended up going to Walgreens for some quick items I needed for the NZ trip.  Good news.  A November Vanity Fair.

When I got back from New Zealand, I went to Kohl's.  I wanted to get some new underwear.  I found the place where the Jockey brand was filled full!  Except I couldn't find anything that was the match I wanted.  It needed to be a certain size (unwilling to state which size), a certain style (not bikini, not baggies...figure it out), and not wild colors that you can see under anything that I wear.

This looked like a two hour job.  I really didn't want to do it.  Nobody came over to help me.  Okay, there must be a pattern there.  Yes!  There was!  The good news was that I was alone.  The style I wanted was in a blue printed box, and the size had it's own type of marking.  So I just started grabbing at anything that matched both requirements. Then I only had to sort out the prints/colors.

This little exercise took about 40 minutes.  I paid for my search, and left.  The mess was a bit messier.

And last on my list....do you know anybody who cleans a rental car?  Yeah, that's me!  I don't pay to wash it but when I get the car for several days....well, my kids know, I will actually go out and buy a window cleaner, and a clean rag to wipe the windows.  And this happens especially in Hawaii when there are random showers. The only thing I haven't done is replace the wipers.  Of course, when I get a car like I've rented now...the whole thing is a mess.  I don't think they've cleaned it since the Ford Focus got off the line in Detroit.  Thrifty does describe the operation.

I give up for now.  But I probably won't stop.

Live richly,  marilyn




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