Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Gods grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:9-10

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sears and Temper Tantrums

Ok, I admit, I went completely out of character and lost my temper in the middle of Sears on Sunday. I'd been feeling a little out of sorts, tense and anxious lately...for no particular reason that springs to mind. It all blew up just before lunch when hubby, wild man and I ran into Sears for some quick last minute shopping. Hubby needed some workpants and under-essentials and wild man needs anything I can remember to get for him! We get to the register and the girl rings us up. "Would you like to apply for a Sears card today and get an extra 15% off?" as I wave my Sears card at her. She starts to ring me up when her co-worker says, "Oh, you can't use that card for clothes. It's for appliances and large purchases only." O-kay... this is where I start to lose it. See I had made several purchases on it over the last couple of months - all clothes - one shopping adventure happened online. You can see my confusion! My card is a Sears Plus card, BTW. Anyway, she snaps at me (really sending my blood pressure spiking, great clashes of thunder begins pounding at my temples) and says, "well, I don't know what to say about just can't use that card for clothes. I'll get a manager." and turns her back to me. In the meantime, wild man has had enough. Did I mention it was lunch time and this was supposed to be a quick in and out??? The manager comes and says the same thing to me. So I say, "Can you explain to me how I could have used this card online and in this very store for several clothing purchases already this summer?" She says, "I really can't say but I'll get a salaried manager for you." Here's where I explode and yell (unfortunately, yes, I turned into one of "those" scary screaming women), "Are you really saying that I could purchase thousands of dollars in appliances yet I'm not allowed to buy clothes???!!! Could you (meaning Sears but I'm sure she thought I meant her) really be that ridiculous?" To her credit, she took a step back and said she really didn't know but the manager would be along. At this point, wild man took my cue and started screaming his little head off. We were quite a pair! You should have seen us! No, really, it was quite a sight I'm sure. I round on this poor woman who is merely trying to diffuse the situation and snap into her face, "Give me my card back. I don't have time for this idiocy. I have a child to feed. You deal with this mess and I'm just going to go back online because apparently they don't have a distinction between what can and cannot be purchased. I need to go feed my child now." I literally saw red all the way out of the store carrying my little man who is in the middle of an equally bad temper tantrum. The only difference between our tantrums? His was cute and mine wasn't! By the time I got to the car I was shrieking like a banshee and hyperventilating. HUGE overreaction! Obviously I had been packing some baggage I didn't know about and this ridiculous instance at Sears was the last straw. To his credit, hubby told me I wasn't wrong to question their "policy" it was simply the way I chose to challenge it! Poor guy. I make his life very difficult sometimes! Happy ending to the story? Yes, as soon as we got home I hopped online and ordered everything from my desk, AND got in on an online sale to boot!!! Within minutes I had my order confirmation and minutes after that, notice that my order has been processed! Can you imagine the foolishness of telling someone that their card is only good for the big expensive item and nothing else? Wow. Ok, I'm dropping the issue - I'm still confounded by the whole thing - but I'm dropping it!

Here's a snarky picture of me... I wanted to get some nice photos of myself with my beginning stash of yarn. Not too bad, it turns out!

The Orangina Shawl is finally done for my MIL. Finishing it was super easy and created this lovely loopy edging. I can't wait to give it to her! The hubby sweater is again making progress. I've tacked on a few more inches and it's going rather quickly. My goal for this week is to finish the body. Unfortunately I won't be able to finish the socks I had planned for my SIL. So, I'm saving them for Christmas and I'll do something else for her birthday. I also purchased my size 13 circular and straights for the moccasins I'm going to do for my Dad. I just need to get the dpn's.

Fall colors are a wonderful thing, aren't they? It's my favorite season where the weather cools off at night and warms up during the day. Apples and pumpkins and fairs abound everywhere! Wild man and I walked down to the river by our house this morning and I snapped some shots of the turning foliage on either side of the bridge. It's fleeting, yet lovely. The walking bridge leads from our land to another part of a walking trail that comes from the village and follows the river up and around. We are lucky enough to have river front property and we take advantage whenever we can!

Isn't he just precious? He loves his new box. He can be anything he wants to be in his magic box including smiling goofy! I l-u-r-v-e him so!

So long and thanks for all the crap, Sears! I'm letting it go, really I am!

1 comment:

  1. OMG, so you have one card for electricals and another for clothing? How ridiculous! Not surprised you exploded, but I would write a letter to head office saying that the staff was rude (I'm thinking of the one who turned her back to you) and didn't seem to know what was going on.

    What a beautiful area you live in, gorgeous colours - very inspirational!


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