#WeekendCoffeeShare: There’s a long line at the luxury goods store

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!  What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans?  Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

It is a warm day in Los Angeles. The high today is 81 F/27 C– a good day for ice cream. I went to Owl’s to get an ice cream paninni — it is my first time having it. Basically it is an ice cream sandwiched between these huge sweet Hawaiian rolls. For the ice cream flavor, I chose coffee. And for the condiments (err…toppings), I chose nutella crunch, walnuts, and coconut.

My Friday morning was a great way to start off the weekend. My daughter’s diaper blew up and I dropped my water bottle and the water spilled all over the living room floor. I quickly cleaned up the spill by moving the couch, pulling up the rug to let it dry, and wiping up the floor. I also had to clean her baby bouncer since her diaper leaked. I am so glad to have the Bjorn bouncer (not sponsored) not some regular bouncer. I got the Bjorn (secondhand) because I liked the idea of her using her own body weight to bounce herself. The Bjorn is so, so, so easy to clean. All I have to do is remove the cover from the frame and throw it in the washing machine. If I had any other bouncer, it would be awful to clean. Also that day I had to drive my friend to the doctor’s office in Beverly Hills.

On the way back to the Valley from the doctor’s appointment, my friend and I couldn’t help but notice the long line at Louis Vuitton store. We were baffled to why there was such a long line as if people were shopping for groceries and toilet paper. It just seems out of touch that people are shopping at a luxury goods store considering the pandemic has resulted in many people losing their jobs (or working reduced hours) and essential workers continuing to come to work at low wages and not be guaranteed any hazard pay.

Okay…maybe they’re shopping for family for the holidays. I like the holidays for the decorations, the special events, and the gatherings. What I do not like about the holidays is the gift giving and the pressure of buying expensive gifts. I remembered many years ago, I did White Elephant with family and family friends where the gift had to be valued at $50. At 22 years old with an entry level professional job and in debt, a $50 gift is pretty expensive. I remembered that year, people were not happy with  their $50 White Elephant gifts and suggested that they wanted to up the value to $500 for the following year.

Or maybe this year has been so bad for many people a trip to a luxury goods store lift their spirits up (albeit expensive).

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