I slept for 9 glorious hours last night!! In case you missed it, I woke up yesterday at 2 a.m. (after 4 hours of sleep). I did okay yesterday, overall….I had some bouts of sleepiness, but hung in there ok. But, I was feeling it by evening and announced to my family that I was heading to bed by around 8. I was sleeping before 8:30 and it felt amazing. (It was a little odd going to bed before the kids, but I’m sure this will become more common as they get older…).
A few thoughts on in store vs. online shopping:
Yesterday morning after dropping the boys at the bus, I had to run to Walgreens to pick up a prescription. So, I decided I would go in instead of drive-thru, since I am almost out of my favorite concealer and a couple other cosmetic items. Well, apparently they no longer carry the shade of concealer that I need. (I know they have in the past, but now they don’t even have a labeled spot for the “sand” color.)
This is not the end of the world, of course. A bit annoying, because I like being able to just pick it up in person if I need it. I also don’t expect that they can necessarily carry every single shade that Maybelline makes (I think there are a lot).
But, I have had a BUNCH of situations lately (I could list them all for you, but I’ll spare you) where I have decided to attempt to shop “in-store” for an item, only to find that they either just don’t carry it or are out of stock. This can just be frustrating, because it feels like a big waste of time.
One time in February, I went to get two specific things from Target. They didn’t have either!! I literally stood in the aisle in Target and ordered them from Amazon on my phone instead (for a lower price, free shipping and took about 3 seconds to order), to be delivered to my house the next day.
I get so torn….a big part of me wants to support in-store shopping (I realize Target/ Walgreens are not exactly small, local establishments anyway, but hopefully you know what I mean) and other business that are NOT just the Amazon types.
I don’t really like the idea of a world where there are NO STORES to go to, because, well, it can be very convenient if you need something now. And I like to just browse sometimes! I like discovering new things, to actually see the products, touch them, etc. Also, I think the world would be kind of weird if we all just stayed in our houses all the time forever and had nowhere to ever really go!
But these disappointing shopping situations are becoming more frequent for me. Maybe it’s just an unlucky stretch, I don’t know. I guess it could be a Catch 22- less people go to stores, so they stock less stuff, but then when people DO go to the stores, they can’t find what they want….pushing them back to online shopping? Obviously the pandemic plays a role now, too.
Then, there is also the price aspect…it’s so hard to beat online pricing!! There are a few local stores that I intentionally pay more at just to support them (our local piano shop is one- I usually always order the boys’ books and sheet music from there (even though it costs more…) instead of online, just to support her business). But I have my limits on other products- the price difference can be pretty steep on many larger items, so it can be hard to stomach paying a bunch more just “because”…. (My husband is an especially big price comparison shopper.)
Anyway, those are just some random thoughts from my head today. 🙂 Hopefully my current tube of concealer will last until my new one is delivered on Saturday. Hahaha!
I am grateful for some delicious quesadillas de papa that my mother-in-law made last night. OMG they were good. I’m so mad I didn’t snap any pics!
P.S. Happy Cinco de Mayo yesterday! You can check out last year’s Cinco de Mayo post here to learn a bit more about it AND see a ton of my personal favorite pics of all different parts of Mexico. It’s one of my favorite posts and includes my favorite parable, too! 🙂