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Friday, June 3, 2011

Date Night Embarrassment

Me and Michael when we were
dating at the wee age of 21 or 22.
My husband says that I care too much about what other people think, and I always say that he doesn't care enough.  I think we're both right.

Yesterday was his 32nd birthday, so we went to our favorite restaurant then we went shopping so he could get some clothes.  Oh mercy, I didn't know what I was getting myself into.  He's so embarrassing to shop with, but it was his birthday, so I conceded.

He had an undershirt on underneath his shirt (obviously, right), so he took his button-up shirt off in the middle of the store to try on another one.  Oh goodness.  Then he left his old shirt on the table with all of the other folded up button-up shirts while he walked around the store with the new shirt on and tucked in looking for a jacket to go with it.  So I rushed over there to make sure no one picked it up to look at it.  Oy vey.  Then he joked with the sales lady asking her if they had any boxers for him to try on.

So then he finally decided on two pair of pants and a shirt (I threw a shirt in for myself, too).  So as we're walking up to the register he says to the sales guy, "I'll buy all of this if you give it to me for $x (at about a 30% discount)."

What the what!  Excuse me, did you just ask for a discount at a big corporate chain store?  You do know that this isn't a mom and pop place, right?  I immediately grabbed my phone and started checking into Facebook so that I didn't have to look up.  I couldn't complain because it was his birthday.  Ugh!  (It's not his birthday today.) ;)

8 1/2 years ago
So he said no unless we signed up for their credit card, and yeah right we're not gonna go down that road again.  (I used to have their card, and it was a mess.)

So he went to use his debit card.....and it was DECLINED!  WHAT the EF!!  I promise we have the money in the bank, but our damn, low-tech bank has a really low daily limit of what you can spend on your debit card without authorization, and it was over the limit.  (Thanks Dave Ramsey ELP!)  So we tried my debit card....declined.  Oh gosh, where was the nearest exit!  We tried half on my card and half on his....declined.  Are you freakin' kidding me!  We tried part cash and part debit....declined.
Pregnant with #2

We finally agreed to pick it up the next day.  He's lucky I love him a lot.  He's also a pretty great catch, so I can't complain.  ;)  (Love you, baby.)  In the end it wasn't that big of a deal, and we laughed about it all the way home.

We also agreed to switch banks.  4% interest is hard to pass up, but is it worth that kind of embarrassment?  I don't know.  It might be.  We are pretty cheap.


  1. OMG, that is so funny!!!!!!!

    So, do you have to go back today and pick up the items?

  2. Yes, but Michael's gonna have to do it. I'm so glad that it wasn't my regular mall. I'd have to never go there again. :P

  3. Ahahaha!! So funny! It's refreshing to know that some people don't grow up too much. ;)

  4. Great story, Annie ... embarrassing is good, but usually not until the re-telling of it afterwards, sometimes waaaaay afterwards! I wanted to thank you for the mention of Potager Cafe. I have always wanted to go there, but I just never think of it when choosing a place. Maybe because it seems out of our normal path. But when I read this and looked at your earlier review of it, I made the snap decision we were going tonight! And, we did! I can't tell you how much I loved and enjoyed it, but I'm afraid it could become (good)habit-forming1 I must have eaten a ton of vegetables and salad... and a little of peach crisp! Thanks SO much for mentioning it - it was exactly what I needed to spur me on ... that, and the peace I found knowing that there are "other" embarrassing husbands out there! ;)

  5. Gayla, I'm so glad that you liked Potager! I'd eat there everyday if I could!


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