Watta Lotta Day
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I got up at around 6:15 this morning and it was already getting daylight and was warmer than usual. I had to finish up my grocery list as I planned on leaving early. I had a lot of errands to run.
It was nice outside today - sunny and in the 50s.
I had to pick up the mail at the post office where I spent a few minutes talking to my friends Debbie and Sondra. I then went to the DMV and got my son's truck registration. I left to go to the newspaper office and got the newspapers for the past week and talked to my friend Nancy whose daughter has celiac disease too. I took a check to the attorney and got some info from the paralegal. I proceeded to a specialty store to get some cinnamon oil. I went to a garden store and bought some bacterial bug control product. I went to two banks - one to talk with the investment counselor and make 4 deposits and the other to do a change of address. I went to 3 thrift shops and bought a little decorated fabric storage box on sale for $2.40. I checked out a new pet store. They had too many huge snakes and 3 chinchillas right next to them that looked fried. I went to Aldis, Wal-mart, Kroger, and the meat market to get groceries.
I went to Dish on The Square to buy another tea infuser. The lady who owns the store had her dog at work and it was so cute!! It was a rescue standard poodle named Baxter and he LOVED me. He brought me his squeaker toy and insisted that I pet him. He looked at me intently and he was a good dog.
I also went to Sears in the mall where my son works as I wanted to look at the washers and dryers again and while I was there something terrible happened. There is this pest that works in the appliance department and we always try to avoid him. He is always there. So I kind of browsed other areas - the garden department, exercise equipment, small appliances, bedding, jewelry, shoes, electronics, etc. I was trying to avoid the pest but he saw me and was headed toward me when all of a sudden he veered off and I saw him hustling up and down the aisles. All of a sudden I heard yelling in the store and saw Sears associates congregated in groups acting alarmed and overheard the term Code Orange. I started to become concerned and wondered if the store was on fire or being robbed and decided to get to the front of the store and out of there. When I arrived at the door an associate was there guarding the door and told this male and female that were trying to leave that the store was on lock down. A young woman close to me looked totally freaked out. I told the clerk that if the store was on fire or something I insisted on being allowed to leave and she told us that a 2 year old child was missing. I later learned that the two people trying to leave the store were the parents of the missing child. They were kind of skanky looking and very agitated. I felt sorry for them. The freaked out woman told me she had a 2 year old too and was freaked out even worse so I was trying to calm her down. I told her that she should buy one of those tether chains for when she is in public with her child and then she would never have to worry about this happening to her. It seemed to calm her down. Everyone in the store was calling out and looking for this child. Security and the police were called and the entire mall was locked down. Everyone in the store looked physically ill. Even the men in the store. It is everyone's worse nightmare. We have all seen these horrible things played out on TV and everyone knows about John Walsh's story on American's Most Wanted. I saw the parents come by again and they were demanding that the mall people get out the video surveillance and it seemed like a good idea to me. I decided to look around the store rather than worrying. After what seemed to be ages they finally announced the end to the code orange and I figured I could leave. I went outside and right by my car was the mother holding the child, next to the father, and a police officer. The mom looked at me as I was headed that way as they were standing by my car and she screamed "Is this your van???" I was taken aback. The police officer, who was calm, asked me if the van was mine and I said "No". The car right across from it is mine." Somehow this two year old had gotten out of the store and had gotten into someone's unlocked van and turned the emergency hazard lights on. This crazy woman was trying to blame someone else for her not watching her child. People like this need some parenting classes before something bad happens.
I finally made it home at 3:15 and had tons of food to put up. I got to eat lunch at 4:30 while I fixed supper. LOL. It was a sling-a-meal. Poor Baby got fed at about 4 P.M. The poor girl had probably given up but she heard me calling her and came running. I saw her get her food. My other chores did not get done and it's no biggie.
Hubby worked on the estate all evening.