Sometimes I don’t know what to write about. I spend half of my day at work, so it’s hard to talk about that. I don’t want to write about my job due to the respect I have for it. I won’t name my job on this blog, though obviously many of you will know where I work. I just don’t want to be the person who writes about work. So here I am…not writing about work.
I went to Barnes & Noble after work today (again, not writing about work). My friend Amanda and I sat around for a good three hours with tea and crumpets – minus the crumpets. Amanda was reading a book by Heather “blue balls”/”long boobs” McDonald, and I was doing some writing and editing this blog up a bit more. I found out that I can get posts to publish to Facebook automatically rather than linking it. I was stoked!
Anyways, on with my story. There was a man a couple of tables down from us who was working on some form of project or another – note cards, books, papers, etc. – and he came over to our table after a while to see if we would watch his stuff so he could go across the street to buy coffee. Sure, no problem. Wait just a minute! After he left, I asked Amanda why someone would go across the street for a coffee when there’s a Starbucks in the store. She concluded that perhaps he didn’t like Starbucks coffee, and we agreed it was good exercise to walk for your coffee. Regardless, I was all out of sorts. I needed to get to the bottom of this.
Like any good detective, I sat on my ass and waited for the man to get back. I felt like a young Sherlock Holmes. If only Amanda were Jude Law – things would really be getting done! Ahem. When the man came back, he stopped by to thank us. Then, to make my job simple, he proceeded to tell us that there was a half off sale going on across the street at Starbucks, so he felt it was only appropriate to get a good deal. Funny, because he was holding a Caribou Coffee cup. I didn’t correct him. But really, what a sin it is to leave Barnes & Noble to get another brand of coffee. I don’t think they even allow that there. It may be a bargain, but it’s just not right. It’s a half price sin is what it is!
I find it interesting what people will do for a good deal. People will spend more money on products they don’t need and don’t necessarily want just to make the spending mark for free shipping. I use this tactic with “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” sales on books at Barnes & Noble (and Waterstone’s in Bath, England – guilty!). If I can’t find a third book that I want as much as the other two, I’ll pick one up anyways. I’ll to myself, “Hey, this could be okay.” Those are the books that I have yet to read. Sorry, books. Amanda does this with shoes. At least once a month I will hear, “They’re normally $79.00, but right now they’re $59.99,” or “They’re half off $136. I have to get these!” I will give her credit, though. I might have more money in books than she does in shoes, and you need those to walk in. But will I ever agree that her purchases are justified? You bet I won’t.
Speaking of books and obsession, I am fully aware that I am at Barnes & Noble more than the average person, or even the not-so-average person. I love books. I love sitting there and writing. I love drinking coffee and tea and watching the world from a different perspective. People comment on how they looked for me there but couldn’t seem to find me. I’m expected to be there after work and on free days. It’s what I do. It’s who I am. But I can tell you one thing. I will not be there tomorrow. That’s right! Tomorrow, Jenna gets to have a life outside of the book world. Funny, because I’m spending the evening with people from my book club. More on that tomorrow.