I guess it was because I was at a familiar store that what happened next confused me: I swiped my credit card, signed the pad, and the cashier handed me my receipt. That was it - my items were still sitting on the counter. To her, the transaction was finished. To me, I was still waiting for her to put everything into a bag and hand it to me.
Then I remembered that I was in California, where they don't automatically bag your purchases for you, and if they do, they charge you ten cents for the bag. Sometimes they offer you a bag while they're ringing up your items, so they can add that dime to the total bill, but my items were small so I guess she figured I wouldn't want a bag.
I ended up putting everything into my purse, but then I worried that I looked like a shoplifter; I mean, come on - items with their price tags in a purse kinda scream I STOLE THIS, right? I tucked my receipt next to the items, but seriously, I was stressing and couldn't wait to get out of the store to take my NOT STOLEN goods out of my purse and add them to a bag in the trunk.
Maybe if I lived there I would get used to this; maybe I'd be diligent about carrying a bag with me; or maybe, I'd do all of my shopping online to avoid the guilt.
Here's the items that I didn't steal:
Two tea infusers and a tiny tin letter. Total cost? Around 10 bucks worth of STRESS right there.
By the way, that manaTEA infuser? Worked like a champ:
But when I pulled it out of my plum-colored hibiscus tea, it was a scene from a horror movie - the poor manatee looked like it was bleeding from every pore:
Seriously horrifying. I had to make a second cup of tea to get the picture, as I didn't grab my camera fast enough to capture the depth of the gore the first time.
Speaking of shopping, I also came home from California with a couple of really cute locally-made ceramic pieces that hold air plants:
A mini hedgehog!
I'm charmed by the seashell fins on the puffer fish.
So far I've been able to keep the air plants alive by misting them with a spray bottle. I love these planters - functional art at its best.
My hair always gets sun-bleached whenever I actually spend some time in the sun, which isn't often here in Texas. But in the more temperate climate of northern California, it's easy to be outdoors, and by the end of my trip, my hair was REALLY light. So when I had my regular hair appointment last week, I asked my hairdresser to tone it down with some lowlights. Honestly, I'm still not sure about the result - it's pretty dark for me. My hairdresser said I could come back and she'd put in some lighter pieces if I wanted...I haven't decided if I'll do that or just wait until my next appointment and go a little lighter then. Here's the comparison pictures:
All foiled up!
Who IS that person?
It's only hair, and except for when I wash and style it, I forget about the color. So I might just let it go for now...but I'm not sure I was ready for such a drastic change.
Have a great weekend!
Have a great weekend!