Today I visited two stores that I never want to set foot in again. It was a day of a many errands, a day which drove me into stores I wouldn't normally have any business in. First of all, Babies R Us. Can I just say that the cutsie name completely belies the bedlam inside? Screaming children, moms in tennis shoes and alligator clips with permanent bags under their eyes, and strollers. OH LORD THE STROLLERS!
Thankfully I had made my purchase online and was only there to pick it up. 10 minutes in this store was 10 minutes too many.
After my foray into the Land of Layette I wandered unknowingly into Lakeshore Learning hoping to find a metallic pen. I thought "Oh, wouldn't it be great if I could get one right here, next door instead of having to drive all the way to a Michaels?" No. From the moment I stepped inside my senses were under attack. I was assaulted by what I can only assume was some form of "Wiggles" music. It pummeled my brain as I gazed helplessly around the store looking for a sign that said "Metallic Pens Are Here." All I saw were signs like "Toddler," "Classroom Aides," "Foam Shapes," and "Plastic Fake Cash Registers." Okay, that last one is a lie, but I wouldn't have been surprised if there had been a sign that specific.
Thank goodness for the insanely happy lady in a black apron who asked me if I needed help. But then, to my dismay, they couldn't help me on my quest for a metallic pen. I speed walked to the exit and took a deep cleansing breath as soon as I found myself on the safety of the sidewalk.
The rest of my errands were not as traumatizing.