Monday, January 02, 2006

A quiet day

Well, I'm back at work today, but the rest of the world might as well be sleeping-- it's very quiet in NYC today. Perhaps the general lack of traffic on the street is what emboldened someone to steal my newspaper this morning. Fortunately, I could call the NY Times and have them credit me-- but it's a bit annoying that they only credit you the 95 cents you pay per day to subscribe, rather than the full $1 it costs you to replace your missing paper. Bastards!

I've been thinking about how to spend my $25 TJ Maxx gift card. This was a gift from my mother, who just LOVES TJ Maxx. A few times I've mentioned to her that I don't really like TJ Maxx very much, and that I can never find much there (even though I sometimes have luck at Marshall's). She had given me a $25 gift card for my birthday, which I spent on Xmas eve, buying a yoga mat, some men's undershirts (comfy to sleep in) and, aha, a Xmas present for my mother! Back at ya, mom! I was so glad to be rid of the gift card, so it figures she gave me another one the very next day.
The problem is that TJ Maxx is not the kind of store that you can really go to when you are searching for something specific that you want. Chances are that if you really need something, TJ Maxx won't have it that day. TJ Maxx is the kind of evil store that makes you buy things you don't need just because they seem like a bargain. The kind of store that should be avoided like the plague! I am not immune, and I swear half the stuff I've bought at TJ Maxx or Marshall's ends up sitting in drawers unworn. Maybe I'll just hang onto the gift card and buy my mother a birthday present with it!

4 comments:

Caitlin said...

Back at work? Today? It's a federal holiday, girl. And you recovering from the flu. What kind of taskmasters do you work for? Go home and get cozy ASAP.

Ms said...

I had to work today too. You might try Craigslist's barter section to get rid of that TJ Maxx gift card.

optioned unarmed said...

Maybe you could find an approachable-looking person standing in the checkout line at TJ Max, explain your situation to them, and let them spend your gift certificate and then they pay you back the $25 in cash after their purchase is complete.

If it works out, its kind of a community-building experience... People helping each other out.

Anonymous said...

Or maybe you could give your mother a $25 gift certificate to TJ Maxx...