Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Why I Won't Be Shopping Tomorrow

Les soldes start tomorrow, the twice a year extravaganza when the French government permits stores to markdown their inventories usually from 30-70%. This year I had every intention of playing hooky, I mean using an RTT day, and checking out the scene with some friends. That is until I got sick however, all hope wasn't lost but I'm still just a little too American for my own good.

You see I went to the doctor yesterday and she basically told me to sleep off my angine. This would have been perfectly sound advice had I not traveled 40 minutes on the metro and paid 70 euros for her to tell me to continue doing what I had been doing for the past 3 days. Moving on, since I didn't go to work on Monday she wrote me the French equivalent of a doctor's note. In the process of filling out the form she asked me if I wanted to take off on Tuesday and Wednesday to give myself enough time to rest. Initially I thought "cha-ching, soldes here I come" but then my conscience got the better of me and I told her that 2 days (Monday and Tuesday) would be just fine and I should be feeling better enough by Wednesday to go to work.

And that my friends is how I shot myself in the foot and am too American for my own good. No soldes for me, at least not on the first day.


john MILLS-PIERRE, III said...

Silly Woman! Although, the best sales are through Catherine Maxx. I love how she marks down haut couture without a care in the world.

Anyway, rather than wasting money on material things, read my list of top 3 mutual funds to purchase in 2009.

L'Étrangère Americaine said...

John, while I agree Espace Max has great deals their shipping is for the birds. By the time I receive my purchases one month later I've forgotten what I actually ordered.

Leesa said...

Hey J.... Can we go shopping together? hehe!! Feel better!

L'Étrangère Americaine said...

Leesa, are you available Saturday?

Notes from Noël said...

Oh no!! I hope you're feeling better!

I bought a pair of boots that were 40% off! The shoe stores were insanely crowded!! It was my first soldes purchase since we've been living in Paris (2 years now). Very exciting!

Leesa said...

Hi J!

Oops.... I just read this... Saturdays aren't good for me cuz I work.... and after that, I spend time with Alex cuz we just relax a bit after I work... Anyhow... we'll see you on Sunday, right? Take care... Leese