I don’t go to University Village that often. It’s not far from us, it’s just too damn fancy. I don’t want any of the things they sell at the stores there. But I had to go to the dreaded Verizon store.
After #coffeeoutsideforher this week I headed to UVillage with Chris, who works at the Apple store there. It’s not a bad ride overall, it’s right off the Burke Gilman Trail. We headed down off the trail on Pend Orielle to wait at the light. A lovely truck had a grill decorated with a dead elf butt sticking out because it’s SUPER HILARIOUS to hit & kill people with vehicles. LAUGHING ALL THE WAY HAHAHA
I usually take the sidewalk for the one block here but we rode in the street this time. Chris stuck a bit too close to the gutter for my tastes. But hey – I’m an east coaster & we take up a lot more space there.
It was pretty empty when we arrived around 10:15 & I locked up to the side of a rack near the Verizon store. There’s plenty of well spaced bike parking around but none of it’s covered & they’re all these short wave racks which are less than ideal.
After having my issue somewhat resolved I headed to find a bathroom at the QFC. I forgot that there are a million bathrooms all around the shopping center. Then I walked around the outside of the center & popped into Land of Nod – the Crate & Barrel kids store. Who pays $1,000 for a crib? Is that a real thing people are doing?
By this point I was starving. I grabbed a quick breakfast sandwich from the Starbucks next door although had I realized the center has three – yes THREE – Starbucks I wouldn’t have waited in such a long line & would’ve gone to a different one.
I kept wandering around for a while & checked out the new Amazon bookstore. Great bathrooms. Also they have a nice water bottle filler which was awesome! I like that they organize the store around recommendations – if you like X check out Y. It’s a nice option if you’re just stopping in to browse without a title in mind.
My last stop of the day was GAP. I wanted to see if they had any maternity wear or baby clothes on sale. People say they love shopping for baby clothes but I hate it. It’s so incredibly gendered & sexist & it makes me feel so icky. Boys & girls onesies can’t even hang next to each other! Every single item in the girl section was pink & covered with hearts & creepy sayings. And the frills. I’ve never washed poopy onesies before but I imagine ruffles can’t be easy to get clean. Boys clothes had so many more options but they were also weirdly gendered. Baby jeans (0-3 months) listed as “boys jeans”. Why? What makes them boys jeans? There were no girls jeans.
I did manage to find this one cute thing under a pile of unrelated items so I had to buy it. I wish they had it in a smaller size since it only goes up to 12 lbs (& Mike weighed 10 at birth) but I couldn’t find more anywhere.
So I bundled up & headed back home only to find myself overheating. By the time I was half-way home I had stripped down to just my vest & scarf – no mittens or hat. I guess it is all uphill but with it only being 35 I figured I’d be chilly.
And only 2 more hours on the phone with Verizon & I’ve solved 85% of my problem. So mission pretty much accomplished!