Last night, after work, since no one is home, I decide it would be a good night to go to the mall. I had a short list of things I needed to get then, I had thoughts of leisurely browsing through Nordstrom, J. Crew, and Lilly Pulitzer, having sushi for dinner, sipping on a decaf latte as I shopped...... This is what I need to accomplish... Mall #1...The Court *return shoes *pick up little Vera Bradley ID pouch for Emma in Mall #1 Mall #2...The Plaza *get new Crocs for the girls in Nordstrom *to Lilly and try on and possibly purchase a dress from the fall catalog that I covet and can wear a minimum of twice this fall(not online yet, but trust me, it is to die for) *find the perfect not to high, not to pointy black pump *use the J. Crew gift card I have been carrying around all summer This is how my night actually went... The mall was mobbed...I mean MOBBED!!! Couldn't find a parking spot between the malls, so I had to search for a parking spot, not once, but twice. I thought, "this is the afternoon crowd, it should be thinning out soon"....WRONG! The Court... *Nine West to return a pair of shoes. Of course I was passed the 30 day return policy so store credit was my only option. No problem, I get black pumps...WRONG!!!! Nothing, I could find anything! *Crabtree and Evelyn to get Emma's Vera Bradley thingy...every pattern except the one she wants...Strike Two The Plaza... *Nordstrom for Crocs. The kids shoe department looked like a scene out of a movie. Kids running everywhere, kids crying, Dads looking at their watches, Moms totally stressed out. Get my Crocs and proceed to pay for them when they tell my I need to "take a number", "Can I have your last name and the first available associate will be right with you?" But, I didn't need an associate to wait on me, find sizes, etc...I plucked what I needed off the wall and just wanted to pay. "I'm sorry, MAME, we take customers in the order in which they arrive, you have 12 families ahead of you." The MAME really did me in, I ditched the Crocs and went to the "other side/not so pretty side of the mall" to the Crocs kiosk. Again, find what I need go to pay and their computers are down...after a few minutes, I suggested they try inputting the information manually. Manually? For The Love Of God!!!!! *Make it up to Lilly, the only store not crowded...no dress, that's ok, I should really wait anyway! *go to J.Crew, aaahhh! NO, the store looked as if Gustav had stopped by and it was so crowded. I drooled over some shoes and blazers. I did find a few things for work. *Stopped in the Bare Essential store...the gal that helped me was supper sweet, very helpful and didn't call me MAME! I bought it! *And lastly, I discovered the perfect pair of black pumps do not exist! Some annoying observations from my mall trip last night... Using a coffee stirrer as a straw to drink coffee is wrong. Coffee is meant to be gingerly sipped, not sucked up through a straw. If I was approached by one more person wanting to straighten my hair, squeeze lotion in my hand, or put some sort of bean bag thing on my shoulders I was going to SCREAM! Tweens dressed as if they should be "working" walking around with their parent who apparently think their child is appropriatly dressed and wearing heels she can't walk in. Lesson learned...don't go to the mall on a Saturday night!