Yes, I ventured outside our teeny-tiny village of CdM because I found a local store that sold waxed linen bookbinding thread.
Wonders never cease.
I HATE MALLS. Yes, HATE is a harsh word - a word I usually reserve for certain politicians...but I use it freely when I say I HATE MALLS.
So, where do I find myself this afternoon?
In a freakin' 2.8 MILLION square foot mall. You read that right.
2.8 MILLION square feet of over 280 stores.
I took the plunge and went to Paper Source atSouth Coast Plaza
Thinking I had parked in the right area...acres and acres of parking with more valets than a 5-star hotel...I talked myself into actually entering...hoping I would not get lost in Oz and find my way home again.
Well, after wandering around, reading those large MALL MAPS (malls should not be large enough to warrant a map!!!!) I realized I needed to cross over a major roadway via something called The Bridge of Flowers..or something to that effect...oh no! I thought, there will be poppies for sure and I may never see Auntie Em again!!!
I was talking to myself (in my head, not out loud Jill!) and hyping myself up that I COULD DO THIS.
I got on the escalator, walked across the 600 foot bridge and landed in ....three more stories of crates and barrels, build-a-bears, and cafes being wary of every turn for flying monkeys.
The place had more sanitation workers than Disneyland. And a merry-go-round that was filled with tourists snapping digitals of everything spinning out of control, including their Mastercards!
There were others like me. Wandering. Dazed. Confused. Looking for yet another escalator to take them down, down, down the rabbit hole.
Finally, I get off the moving stairs and for a moment I expect to see a tram and hear the Disneyland Railroad whistle blowing. But all I see are MORE stores...but THERE...RIGHT THERE..in front of me....Paper Source!
I wanted to kiss the ground. To exclaim to all the shoppers "EUREKA, I have found it!"...but security was everywhere, and well, you know, I don't really like to attract too much attention to myself :)
Was it worth it?
You bet it wasn't.
I found only 3 colors of thread that I did not order online from my thus far favorite sourceHollanders
But let me tell you -- it is PAPER heaven. And when I am in need of stocking up again on paper...I just may order it ONLINE from them.
I still HATE MALLS!!!!!!!!!