Shopping for Boxing Day sales isn't something that I usually do, but I sure did it this year. A few of years ago I went looking for electronics but didn't really buy anything - really, I don't buy electronics anyways. This year, I decided that I was going clothes shopping today. As a rule, I like clothes shopping :) I knew that I wasn't going out to West Edmonton Mall, so I figured that I wouldn't be around too many crowds.
I spent a couple of hours downtown poking through the stores there. I didn't try anything on or buy anything there, but the higher-end stores are there and I wanted to see what they had on sale. After I was done there, I went to Southgate mall. I spent about 3 1/2 or 4 hours in the Bay. I'd shop until I couldn't carry any more, and then I'd try it all on. Mostly I tried on dresses :) After all that, I ended up buying only two tops: one long silver lightweight sweater and one black long-sleeved blouse with boning. Both were 50% off.
Some might say that I wasted my day shopping and not seeing anyone. But I was doing more than just shopping - I was revisiting the city I grew up in. I moved to Ontario 11 years ago, and even though I'm back in Edmonton at least once a year, this year I wanted to see some of the places I used to go to when I lived here. I guess in a way I wanted to reconnect with the city a bit - in the same way that I need to see people here, I need to see some places here. I certainly didn't go to all of the places I remember, of course, since I spent a number of years living a life that I am not at all proud of and I wouldn't seek out places associated with that life again. However, I felt like I accomplished whatever it was that I needed to do today, and I'm glad I had the time to do all that :)