It was a rare event. I had much of Sunday to myself, with nobody dictating my time but me. After going through a little debate with myself, trying to decide the wisdom of going to the mall on a *gasp* weekend, I voted to give it a try, even telling a friend who came along for the ride, that we would only stay if I could easily park. Otherwise we'd consider it a short drive for its own sake and head off for a leisurely lunch.
By the time I made my left turn into the parking area, I knew I was in trouble. A line of cars waited patiently or otherwise, to head into the covered parking area, as the minutes ticked uncomfortably by. No fool, I, a quick survey of the double parked vehicles in each lane suggested I was better off trying another tack.
One last chance, I thought, before heading on home. In all fairness, I'm not one to stand in line for anything, or to push my way through crowds, no matter how tempting the sight. Just as I was about to leave, I noticed one lone spot, as far away from the stores as you could get, but it was available, and I was here. The reason it was vacant, I discovered rather quickly was the fact it was covered with ice, and one of saner mind might have had second thoughts about risking life and limb for the chance at a bargain.
This was the first time in a long time, the mall was packed. It was hard to traverse the space between where we came in and where we were going, without having to detour around people headed right toward us, or through us. While I may have hated the experience on a personal level, it was a good sign for the economy on Long Island.
A special treat along the way was my stop at the bustling, new, Baked by Melissa kiosk just outside the Apple Store. The concept is great. Tiny morsels of delectible goodies, none more than 50 calories, to satisfy your sweet tooth while allowing you to remain on a sensible diet. Each mini cupcake is a literal two bites, but surprisingly satisfying. Though I bought a dozen to sample, the one was enough to get me through my two hours at the mall. My favorites, so far, mint chocolate chip (chocolate cake, chocolate pudding stuffing, mint icing, mini chocolate chip topping), and chocolate covered pink velvet (pink velvet cake, pink cream cheese icing, dipped in chocolate). But that's today. You might want to ask me again tomorrow.