See Maureen Vacation

See Maureen go to Minneapolis on a family vacation.

See Maureen bring her teenage daughter to the Mall of America THREE times in five days.

See Maureen kill time wander into the "Department" store while her daughter tries on nearly everthing at Abercrombie and Fitch.

The Department Store
See Maureen spot the "Please shop from our branches" sign on the Christmas tree displays.

See Maureen reach for the metal reindeer ornament to add to her Christmas reindeer collection.

See the beautiful delicate blown glass ball, hanging a few branches down, plunge to the ground as if in slow motion.

See the ornament explode, shattering on the slate stone floor.

See Maureen stand frozen, horrified and unable to move or speak.

See all the customers and staff turn their heads in unison at Maureen.

See Maureen sputter "I'm so sorry... I'll pay for it of course".

See the nice clerk come over with broom and dustpan to swiftly clean up the shards.

See Maureen purchase the reindeer ornament, again requesting to pay for the broken one too.

The crime scene
See the clerk smile and reassure her with "Don't worry. I've broken so many of those myself".

See Maureen slink out of the store, shaking, cheeks burning crimson with shame.

See Maureen thank the Gods she wasn't killing time shopping a few doors down at THIS store:

The most expensive crystal in the world... safe from me

21 People would rather be commenting:

Drowsey Monkey said...

LOL...omg, that made me laugh.

And then shudder ... Christmas trees? Please tell me it was a Christmas store and they sell that stuff all year, lol.

When I go shopping with my family, one of them will often turn to me and ask if I want to wait out in the mall ... if we're entering a store with a lot of glassware. ;)

Jay said...

HAHAHAHA!! Serves them right. If they had any sense at all, they'd have that Christmas tree standing in a tray of rubber crumbs. It's an accident waiting to happen.

I can imagine the embarassment though!

LadyBanana said...

Ohhh how embarrassing!

But Christmas displays in August! Noooooooooooo.....

Kathy said...

Jay's right. They should have cushioned the floor. Maybe cotton balls to look like snow? Sorry for your embarrassment. I would have slunk ... er, slinked .... run away, too.

DJ Kirkby said...

Ak! Christmas displays already? Nooooo. I love Christmas but these early displays are ruining the moment for me.

Jeff said...

That's too funny! But it only proves one thing... YOU'RE HUMAN! ;-)

Welcome back Maureen... we've missed you here in Blogsville.

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Thank God it wasn't the Radko Store--then they may have asked you to pay for the broken one.

Maureen said...

Drowsey: It took me a whole day to admit what happened to my daughter (thank goodness she wasn't there); I was too embarrassed to regale her with the story until I was brave enough to go back the next day and take the photos; from the safety of the mall, that is. I didn't dare go back inside.

Jay: You know, you're right. That flooring was the worst for that type of store. I literally tripped on it going in... it's that slate that is really textured like rock; with multiple layers and edges. Beautiful, but not what they should have there.

Lady Banana: I had never been into a "Department" store before (yes, that was it's name), and it was a year-round holiday store.

Kathy: I know! At least put down some padded tree skirts, carpet or something... geez. I couldn't believe the sound when that thing hit the floor; it was like an explosion.

DJ: I don't mind the year-round stores. I try to buy a reindeer ornament where-ever I travel, and I love the metal one with little bells around it's neck that I got there; but sadly, it shall always hold this embarassing memory for me.

Jeff: Aw, thanks! Now, I'm just glad I wasn't carrying our drinks at Five Guys, tripped on the floor, and propelled soda into your lap... wouldn't THAT have been a nice way to meet IRL??? ;) I've missed the 'sphere too - can't wait to get back to the normal routine.

Ed: Oh GAD! I have a couple of Star Wars Radko ornaments; I would have been horrified at breaking an expensive one. At least these ornaments were all under $10.

Babs (Beetle) said...

Ha ha ha! That really made me laugh! Poor you!

We have a store here that I think is called the 'Christmas Shop' Obviously sells Christmas stuff all year round, and it's one of those shops where you dare not breath too hard!

darla said...

Oh Maureen, that is so embarrassing... but I've done it, too. My purse knocked a small knick-knack off of a table once. Even after I insisted that I pay for the do-dad, the nice clerk told me it was ok, no problem. Like you, I got out of that store asap!

Elisa said...

Oh, those glass balls are a pain. Hey, want me to make your day worse? I just tagged you.

Sorry, it must be done. See?

JoJo said...

hahahahahaa It looks like one of those "Department 56" stores that sells all those millions of collectibles and Xmas stuff year round. Next to "department" you can see "56" in the circle, on your pic.

I have a cousin, now deceased who was a Dept. 56 junkie. His entire basement was covered w/ shelves and cabinets full of Xmas villages, collectible plates, cars, etc. etc.

I would have been mortified too. I'm terrified of having that happen to me!!!!

Vegas Princess said...

See Vegas Princess in a store that sells expensive tea pots.

See Vegas Princess pick up a tea pot and turn it over to see the price on the bottom.

See top of pot drop and shatter on the floor.

See Vegas Princess stand in surprise right in front of sign that states "tops are not secure on pots, please do not turn upside down."

Yeah...I feel your pain.

Jo Beaufoix said...

See Jo giggling but also feeling slightly shaky and a bit sick as she would have died if that had happened to her. :D

Meg said...

Sorry for your pain. But Christmas! I'm depressed just thinking about it.

Gattina said...

Do you want to kill me ? Showing Christmas trees in beginning September ! I hate winters !!
BTW hop over and come blog with me !

Maureen said...

Babs: Thanks. Note to self: Do not go into a store called “The Christmas Shop”. Thanks, duly noted.

Darla: Oh, purses… which is why I literally grab mine in places like that and wrap it around me. I am surprised this hasn’t happened earlier, frankly.

Elisa: Oh. Thanks. I shall check it out… ;)

JoJo: Ah! I DO see it now, thank you! Doh! (Department store sounded so lame). Thankfully I have never expanded my Christmas collection beyond a few Hallmark ornaments and my reindeer collection, which I only started a few years back.

Vegas Princess: Oh noes! Sorry, but that is too funny as well (why is it always funny to others?) But yes, we are two peas in a pod, no?

Jo: Har! Yes, nausea was a definite result of that episode.

Meg: I know. I know. I don’t mind the “all year” holiday stores; they don’t seem as desperate and pushy to me. And I like finding something from other cities to collect. At least there were no carols blaring from the sound system.

Gattina: Sorry! Thanks for popping by! I love your site and shall definitely be back!!

Janet said...

See Janet laughing...not at you, of course, my dear! :-)
Coulda been me...

Junebug said...

I don't want to see Christmas decorations in August yet they will be there! Breakage happens. At least it wasn't Radko. :D

Maureen said...

Janet: It's okay, go ahead and laugh... that's what I'm here for, apparently.

Junebug: That's what I have to keep reminding myself; it could have been worse...

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Wow, Christmas already? Oh well, if they're actually advising people to randomly pull off bulbs and buy them, they must expect that a few will be broken.

And THREE times to a mall in five days?!? How on Earth did you ever survive? Oh wait, that's right - my daughter assured me yesterday that most people don't hate the mall as much as I do. In fact, her stepmother advised her to work in one! ICK!!!

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