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06 December 2007 @ 02:24 pm
You know how I kind of dislike Christmas?  
So I bought stuff today.  A LOT of stuff.  I spent a lot of money that wasn't mine (or at least didn't come directly out of my personal checking account).  I think I got about $600 worth of CG's for the company Christmas party and 10 'girly gifts' per Nolan's request.  I suppose the wives aren't being fairly represented by all of the other gift certificates.  I have more to do tomorrow, but look at what I bought for me:

  
This is the style of the dress I bought, but mine's black silk with dark bronze swirls.  Too freaking cute.  I'm not a blonde, though.  Or that skinny.  *sigh*


And I got these shoes.  Black velvet open toed pumps.  I love them to itty bitty pieces.

So I will be all kinds of cute at the company Christmas Party.  Where no one will sit with us, because no one likes the boss.  *sigh*  Luckily, I have other friends, and there are major perks to sleeping with the boss.  *wink*

So I'm at the mall today trying on that dress, and I couldn't get it zipped by myself.  I sigh heavily, and go out of the dressing room to find a salesgirl to help me out, and while she was zipping me, popping her gum and rolling her eyes, this little old woman (like in her 70's) comes out of the dressing room in this truly hideous jacket.  That's she's trying on.  I give the three-way mirror a glance, decide the dress is for me, (Because I'm a purchaser, not a shopper) and head back to put my clothes back on.  The woman smiles at me and tells me that the dress is pretty, and pleasantries are exchanged, blah, blah.  Anyway, she asks me what I think of her jacket, ( she was singing in a Christmas pageant, and had to have a  jacket tonight) and I panicked a little, because, truly, if she was my grandma, I would've ripped it off her and stomped on it, and maybe, maybe set it on fire.  It was that bad.  

I said something innocuous, I honestly don't remember what...  I didn't lie, but I wasn't exactly truthful, either, because that would've sounded something like, "No.  Exactly how many turkeys were destroyed to make that jacket?"  Anyhow, I get dressed and come back out of the dressing room, and the little old lady is standing there, looking helplessly at all these jackets.  The salesgirl (who by now has put on her ipod and is texting someone) is obviously going to be of no help to this woman, so I sigh and go over to her.  I helped her picked out four jackets that would go well with her coloring, and she went in to try them on.  I went to buy the dress, nearly beheaded the salesgirl (she would have totally never seen it coming) and in the mean time, the little old lady comes out of the dressing room and shows me her stuff.  After my transaction, I went back over to help the little old lady (who's name was Audrey, btw) make her final decision, and she started crying a little, and told me that her daughter and grand-daughter hadn't had time to come and shop with her today, and that me taking time out of my day meant a lot to her.   

And then she hugged me. 

So I almost started crying in the middle of Dillard's, which, you know, is really SO not my style.

And then I remembered that not all people are giant throbbing asses, and that I shouldn't want to be one myself, either.  

Merry Christmas, y'all.

 
 
 
I am:: home
I feel:: pensivepensive
I hear:: Grace Kelley - MikA
 
 
 
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Carrie Leigh: I'm old!carrie_leigh on December 6th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Helping her may be tempered by the fact that I spent a lot of money on MYSELF two weeks before Christmas.

But she was sweet. I hope people are nice to me when I'm old... which is gonna be in say, five years or so. ;P
dragonsangel68dragonsangel68 on December 6th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
You are going to look so cute at the Christmas party!

How sweet of you *hugs*
Carrie Leigh: Distracted by the sparklecarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
I love those shoes. They kind of hurt, but they're SO worth it.
dragonsangel68: GR shoesdragonsangel68 on December 7th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
What's a great pair of shoes without a little pain? *wink*
Kate: Made of winmugglechump on December 6th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
Bless you for being a kind person. Older folks get so overlooked and ignored, I know she really must have appreciated your help.

And I see that comment about being old in five years. *raises a brow* I'm the same age as you, and I don't intend to be old for quite some time. Thankyouverymuch!
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Sorry, sorry, apologies. We're not old. We're too fabulous for words.
nbaeker: squishynbaeker on December 6th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
Carrie you rule... I'm so proud to know you... Yay for little old ladies. it was so nice of you.. :)
Carrie Leigh: Pansy Rosecarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, that's very sweet of you to say.
autumnrhythm30: Claire Nate Last episodeautumnrhythm30 on December 6th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
I always want to cry when I hear stories like that. When I watch movies with helpless old people, I seriously can hardly stand it.

I was reading your story and was like, "help her! Help her!"

I like you a heck of a lot more now (not that I didn't like you before, but .... whatever. You get it).
Carrie Leigh: cartoon OZcarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
I'm really not a cryer, and I was in the middle of a department store getting all teary. It was mildly horrifying.

It was a dichotomy; I wanted to help the little old lady, and throttle the salesgirl. The karma might even out. :)
(Anonymous) on December 6th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
I heart those shoes so hard!! They would so go with my new "Holiday" dress......did you get those at Dillards?

You are such an angel....that was good karma rolled in caramel, dipped in chocolate, and dotted with holiday sprinkles. What a wonderful thing you did for her today. Thanks for sharing that story, it totally got me in the real Christmas spirit.
daisymama on December 6th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Ooops! Sorry, that was me.....this whole logging on thing seems to be more than I can handle today. ;)
Carrie Leigh: Grinch and Maxcarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
I did get them at Dillards. The're super cute.

It got me in the Christmas spirit, too, and I didn't think that was possible.
maureen: club a mugglemaureen on December 7th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Or club an idiot salesgirl...

You know, I'm all about being an equal opportunity bitch, but I tend to be rather forgiving of and protective of the elderly. It really pisses me off when people aren't good to them, so GOOD FOR YOU for stepping up today. Good God work, good Karma, what have you. Just think...now you can flip like three people off in traffic and feel justified!

In other good news, I received a beautiful new Katie Melua CD in the mail courtesy of velvetcherri as a direct result of my Christmas wish list that I would not have done were it not for you. It was truly a gift and truly a surprise (I expected cheap burned disks like the one I made for you). I'm not spending money on ME this month for obvious reasons and music eats up so much of my funds...it was just wonderful, wonderful to get the CD and be exposed to new sounds and everything.

Plus, it's nice to feel liked/loved/appreciated. So look...you sewed more good seeds this week. Get on with your bad self.
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
Seriously. The salesgirl. URRRRG.

Yay for presents! I'm going shopping again, tomorrow... it never ends this time of year. But at least I'm in a better mood about it.
seegrim: i like youseegrim on December 7th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Okay, so tell Nolan for me that the next time he says you aren't sweet, I'm hopping a plane to Amarillo and kicking his arse, for you really are beyond sweet. You, Miss Carrie, are a bona fide good, good person. I'm glad I know you.
Carrie Leigh: ruby slipperscarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
Ditto, sister. It's a shame you don't live closer. ;)
(Anonymous) on December 7th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for treating one of "my kind" like a real person. Your sister and I had a similar experience in Annapolis in last time I was there where an elderly lady needed to be saved from a bad dress choice and the salesgirl was telling her it looked great. It felt really good to help her. Luvya, Mom
Carrie Leigh: It's exhaustingcarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
This lady was old. Not 'your kind' at all. You're young and fabulous. :)

Brendanbrendanm720 on December 7th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
Aw...

Also: What does Nolan do?

Edited at 2007-12-07 04:09 am (UTC)
Carrie Leigh: clown in sewercarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
He's an electrical contractor with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts. (Just like me. ;))
Brendan: BTTF- Doc Brown - Great Scott!brendanm720 on December 7th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
You're an electrical contractor?

[snerks]

Sorry... I'm a little punchy.

Actually, electrical work and Theatre Arts go together like peas and carrots. Especially when you have to McGyver a mike pigtail on short notice, or have to McGyver a new fuse to use on your spotlight while your gopher goes to the hardware store for the real one...

Ah... Good times...

Nowadays, I mainly just roadie for the local Symphony Orchestra. I don't have to mess with the sound boards, or the spotlights.
Carrie Leigh: We're actorscarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
Unclear antecedent?

Yeah...

Nolan worked in the industry for a bit before deciding that no real money could be made... he was master carpenter for the Dallas Shakespeare festival for a few seasons, and worked for Southwest Studios for a bit, where his biggest claim to fame was building a set for "Barney." (Yikes and Ick.)

Conversely, I work better when no power tools are anywhere near me... I once stapled my finger to an ottoman I was recovering (with a pneumatic staple gun) in the scene shop at UTA. The work study pulled it out for me with his Leatherman.

Ah, college. Good times.
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Draco - POA Hatjandjsalmon on December 7th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
Carrie - you make me tear up at the SAME TIME as making me want to cackle out loud. IN fact, my snickers over the turkey comment woke Jay up - so now I have to get off the net. LOL! it was worth it - and I'm SO glad you helped her (and bought such cute SHOES! SOOO cute! (the dress is cute too -- but the SHOES!!))

Anyway -- you're adorable. *smooches*
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
You are adorable, too, my dear.

So sorry you woke Jay! Eeek!
sue_bridehead on December 7th, 2007 08:17 am (UTC)
Awww, Carrie played Santa Claus. That was so sweet of you! *hugs*
dL: pointsdieloreley on December 7th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, you. I don't need to say anything because everyone already covered how wonderful you are. But I will, because I think you're fantabulistic. Sales assistants should so totally not be allowed to chew gum and roll their eyes at customers. The rudeness! I'm glad you helped that lady. And yay for her being so sweet too! You two should have leaked your sweetness onto the salesgirl so that she'd be nice to all future clients. How likely do you think that is?

Dress is pretty (I want to see it on you) and I'm dying for those shoes. I have pumps like those, but they're plain black leather, no bow. Can you get Ethan to take a picture of you and Nolan before the party? Pretty please?
Carrie Leigh: Distracted by the sparklecarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
How likely do you think that is?

Not very.

Can you get Ethan to take a picture of you and Nolan before the party?

I'll see what I can do. ;)

Mala13oct on December 7th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Cute shoes... and gooo Carrie... tell any one who says that ur not a doll to shove it up their a**. LOL!
Carrie Leigh: Wavy carriecarrie_leigh on December 7th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Okay. Shall I quote you? *grin*