I went out yesterday to complete my shopping. I had four gifts to purchase, and I also needed to buy an additional two gift certificates.
Now, this is where my inner "Martha Stewart/ADD/anal-retentive" character kicks in. The two gift certificates were for two of my daughters voice teachers. ( I'm not sure if I ever shared this, but one of my kids is in performing arts school.) The performing arts school is downtown, and it's in an urban area. There are many specialty restaurants in the immediate vicinity, and I thought it would be a great touch to buy these two teachers a restaurant certificate. You know, make it a personalized gift – I really like to do that.
Mistake number one. Should've just stuck with Starbucks, but I know that some people don't like Starbucks. And, dammit, I really wanted a personal touch. So shoot me.
There is a great mom and Pop coffee shop across the street, and that was my first choice. I should have known it was too good to be true when I got a space on the street right in front of the coffee shop. And I should've been clued in further when there was money left on the meter. I went to open the door, and saw the sign – "We will be closed from 12/21 to 1/7."
I turned around, and saw a restaurant across the street. I know that they make great sandwiches, so I went in there. They weren't open, but there were several staff members there. I located a manager, who told me that she would not sell me a gift certificate, as the restaurant didn't open for another hour. When I asked if she couldn't do it, she looked at me and said, "I am extremely busy and I do not have time to do this. I'm not going to do it - I'm too busy."
I went back out onto the street, and I put more money into the meter. I saw a sushi restaurant immediately across the street from the school and I know that at least one of the teachers loves sushi. So I went in there. I asked if I could get two $15 gift certificates.(Hey, I'm not made of money, $15 a teacher is my limit.)
The clerk there told me that she could not sell me $15 gift certificates, but she did have $30 gift certificates. She also had $50 gift certificates, and $100 gift certificates. I was welcome to buy any of those. When I said that I needed two $15 gift certificates, and repeated myself a third time, her response was golden.
"You can buy a $30 gift certificate, and they can share."
Which explains how the two teachers ended up getting California pizza kitchen, and I have no idea if they eat there.
The only thing that saved me from getting a drink there at the same time was the fact that it was not yet 11 AM.
All of my purchasing is done, all of my gifts are wrapped, and I'm still (mostly) sane. I think I'm going to count this as winning.