Shopping in Rochester

I’m writing this blog from Rochester.  Chuck and I came here for the weekend to do some shopping.  It was less than a two hour drive, which wasn’t too bad.  The traffic was decent except for a road rage incident we observed. 

The first car in the right hand lane was insanely ticked that the first guy in the left lane was driving in the left lane and not passing anyone.  He floored it past the guy in the left lane, drove in front of him and hit his brakes.  For a few miles, he just kept doing this.  Everyone behind them, including us, stayed back!  He almost forced him onto the shoulder at one point.  He eventually pulled next to him and was waving his hand and screaming out the window.  We were glad that it didn’t go any further than that.  Pretty scary though.

We first stopped at the Eastview Mall.  I can’t believe the deals we found.  I got a really nice black dress for the RAA Christmas party next month.  Chuck also bought four shirts and we got something for my little mother (obviously in the petit section!) 
The mall had a really nice set-up for Christmas.  They even had a live marching band wandering around with Santa.  Here is a shot of the Santa Village.  Notice my display of approval – the thumbs up!

We stopped at Sbarro for pizza at lunch.  The last time I ate pizza from there was at the Eaton Centre in Toronto about 15 years ago. 

We wandered around for a few more hours, making quite a few more purchases.  After doing the whole mall, we checked in at our hotel.  It was a little early for dinner so we walked across the street to Pet Smart and to a really neat store called Christmas Tree Shops.  I had never heard of this store before – it was great!  Like a huge Liquidation World, Wal-Mart, Christmas store combination.  We got a bag full of goodies there.  After this joyous store, we walked across the rather business street to the Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse.  It was nice except for the dead animals decorating the restaurant.  I did like the Mountie statue who greeted us at the entrance.  I had the rainbow trout and pile o’broccoli.  Chuck had a great big salad and 9oz steak smothered in yucky blue cheese and a pile of mashed potatoes with cheese, chives and bacon.  He had a hard time finishing it all, but managed!

After our meal, we waddled back to the hotel, got in the car and drove down the road to Tops.  We just picked up a few things, then headed back to veg in the hotel for the rest of the night.

Tomorrow we plan on going to the free breakfast buffet here at the hotel.  Then we’ll go over to Target and the Marketplace Mall.  I don’t think we’ll be doing quite as much shopping tomorrow as we did today.  I can’t really think of anything in particular that we need to buy, except for some more Christmas gifts for my mommy-kins (not that she deserves them!)

Today’s symptoms: I actually did really well today, considering how low on energy and achy I’ve been the last few days.  I hope tomorrow is as good!  I’m going to take a sleeping pill and crash early tonight.

Posted by Lizzy McFly at 11/14/2009 8:28pm

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