Retrogression Continues


I wandered into the Time Capsule store in Seekonk, Massachusetts today. I was hoping to get a good record, if not, I figured I’d leave with a Betty & Veronica comic! Turns out they have a pretty big collection of records! I picked up some good ones!!

It’s funny how accustomed I’ve become to digital music. When I am reading or getting ready in the morning, I put streaming music on and listen away. But when the record is up and the needle has reached the middle, I have to *GASP* get up and flip the record over. And you know what? I like it!!!


Death of the Malls?

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It seems that every time I peruse the news headlines, I see articles about the end of shopping malls.  I belong to a generation whose Friday night plans included begging our parents  to drive us to the mall, meeting up with friends, window shopping then hanging out in the food court.If we were lucky, our favorite boys would be doing the same thing!  I realize the malls have some steep competition with places with Target or Walmart offering everything from clothing to gifts. Also, Amazon is crushing the competition with their 2-day free Prime shipping. I will be the first to admit I grab my phone and use the Amazon app if I am pressed for time and cannot get to the store.
I wonder what our retail future will look like. It is exciting and scary to watch  it all unfold. I will be heartbroken (and frustrated) if the future includes a monopoly of online shopping. While I use self-checkouts, I need human interaction and the country needs these jobs! We shall see….



Multipurpose, always

I am kind of obsessed with using one item multiple ways. It isn’t always easy or possible. I was shopping for a box (without a top) to store our living room items in. I fell in love with this one, even though I didn’t really need the lid. I utilized the box but needed to find a place for the lid. Luckily it had a decent lip on it, so I was able to hang it on the wall. Just as fancy as those canvas prints at TJMaxx!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I am so overwhelmed!! As a consumer, I find there are FAR too many options out there. There are so many big box stores who offer the same thing.  Watching the news, I notice lots of stores closing – JCPenny, Macy’s, Sears etc. Perhaps they couldn’t survive among their competitors. I’m starting to see way too many vacant stores as I drive by and it makes me sad. Part of me wishes someone would knock them all down and plant miles and miles of gardens.

Too much of a good thing. Is it possible? Yes. With digital music, I can pull up any song in an instant. This has made me completely sick and tired of music. Gone are the days where I’d order an album from the library and have only a week to listen. My husband and I have given up our digital accounts. Paying for digital music has made us jaded. We recently purchased a record player and will borrow albums from the library.

We subscribe to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. When we finally settle in for the night, we spend most of the time browsing the vast selections and never even watching a thing. And while we don’t have cable, does one REALLY need THAT many channels? It’s all too much.

We’ve decided retrogressing is the way to go. We may keep Netflix but we’d rather read or use our hands for a craft. While I am happy these stores employ many people, part of me wishes consumers would cut more cords and shop locally. This would take a huge transition and I can’t foresee it happening any time soon, although the shop local movement has come very far.

I digress!

Adults are No Fun.

My mother has always lead by example, whether she realizes it or not.  One of those shining examples is the fact that she has the ability to stay in tune with her youth.  As I get older, I realize I need that ability.  I might have the idea, but rarely act upon it.

I was at Target this weekend and came across this tipi. The kid inside of me was REALLY excited. I had to fight the temptation of getting in the tipi.  I walked away and headed to the registers thinking about my childhood. This made me think about forts. Ever build a fort when you were a kid? If you have  a parent who doesn’t like the furniture rearranged, they probably weren’t a fan. I’d drag chairs and take all the blankets I could find and built the best fort I could. It was so much fun!

Adults are just so serious. We’re so caught up in life, I think we forget to have fun. And I don’t mean adult fun, but KID fun. Sometimes I am tempted to build a fort. My husband is always willing to help, as he’s mentioned a few times before. Today is snow day. Maybe today will be the day….