A year ago today by the date (July 11th was actually Sunday, last year) I left for my two week vacation in Florida.
*Le Sigh* as I think back to that trip.
Oh, to be back again, this year.
I had just a blast, the entire fourteen days I was down there.
How could I not? Sun, surf, sand, shopping, exploring, relaxing…it was my idea of the perfect vacation.
This blog post, “…And We’re Off,” is the first in the Florida series, in case you’d like a look back at the fun ‘n’ games from Day #1. I blogged every day on that trip, from Tampa thru Sarasota, down to Naples and Marco Island, then back up again to Tampa. My Florida trip was chalk full of New Experiences: first-ever car rental; hotel check-in; Whole Foods hot-bar lunch; Target shopping spree…I bet I had 41 New Experiences in those two weeks, alone!
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Yesterday afternoon, I paid a visit to my nearest Chapters bookstore:
It had been a while since I’d been up there. I try not to go too often, because I so easily am sucked right in by their displays, marketing techniques, and enticing product:
I ♥ Chapters! I do support my local independent bookstore (Words Worth Books) with most of my book purchases, but nothing beats hanging out in Chapters for a relaxing, bookworm-y experience. I decided that Chapters beats the library in numerous ways:
- longer hours (the library is closed Sundays in the summer, too)
- Starbucks right in-store!
- brand new, latest-issue magazines vs dog-eared, pages-ripped out copies [can’t complain, I am guilty of doing this with library mags – oops!]:
- bigger selection of up-to-date running publications:
- You can be louder in Chapters than in the library – and keep your Blackberry turned on!
Chapters was super-busy Sunday aft. Now, I actually do have a couple of gift cards to spend, but I wasn’t in a buying mood. I was in a mosey-ing about mood.
Don’t need a yoga mat!
If you haven’t yet read this book…
It had been a while since I’d been up to the Children’s Dept…wow, when did Chapters become a veritable toy store? The non-book-related inventory is 1000% larger than last time I was up here!
Now I want to go back soon some evening and read magazines. Or some afternoon…and next time I’ll sit down with a coffee!
What’s your favourite store to chill out at AND/OR what store tempts you to spend too much money? Interestingly, I don’t spend that much time just window-shopping at the mall. Chapters or Michaels are places where I like to wander around and can lose track of time. Although I will HAVE to get up to Conestoga Mall in the next couple weeks to spend my Groupon at Old Navy!