Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mandarin Woods

Yesterday I went to Target.

I bought a candle in a cute little tin.

If you didn't know any better, you'd think it was from Anthro, except now I told you.

Even better? It was on sale. Was $10, got it for $4 or something like that.

Pretty sweet, right?

I fulfilled the rest of my list and proceeded to checkout.

The cashier, upon scanning my cute tin candle, opened the lid, smelled the candle, and without making eye contact, shrugged her shoulders, made a meh face, and scanned the next item.

She hardly even broke her stride.

I couldn't decide if I was offended at her shrugged shouldered mehface judgment or impressed at her quiet confidence or maybe a bit of both.


Oh, Harlem Target, you are too much.

But you do make me laugh and I, for one, like your clearance aisle.

37 comments:

  1. hahahaha. this is hilarious. and what cashier stops to smell the candle - taking the lid off and everything? harlem target you are TOO MUCH.

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  2. Too funny!! If I had to stand at a cash register and scan items all day long I'd probably want to smell candles too.

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    1. I hadn't thought of that... take your entertainment however you can find it! ;)

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  3. Love that candle. And you're right-- it's so Anthro. I think I see a trip to Target in my future.

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  4. Please tell me you've seen the SNL Target lady sketch! This totally reminded me of it. Hilarious. Gotta love Target (and I do...I really, really do).

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  5. Love that she wanted to take a whiff of your candle. :) And that is a cute little tin.

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  6. WOWW...who is responsible for your time anonymous???

    Molly, I appreciated this post because it reminded me of a time at a checkout where the clerk commented on my purse telling me she liked it and then just under her breath said "knock off". I didn't know whether to be offended or laugh. I chose laughter!

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  7. Speak it lady!!!! this comment is for the above post! I am so impressed with your words and wisdom. YOu are exactly right. Write because YOU want too. I love your honest and i Love you!
    lindsay

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  8. I don't think you DO do it for you, or else you wouldn't have pulled the classic attention whore blog post move where you tell the world about your anonymous woes because you know it attracts more readers and then end with "but I do it for me!" Nobody blogs for themselves, or else they would keep a diary. At least you admitted you are ruled by the numbers, which was my original point. I could tell that about you because you couldn't let a day go by without posting something, anything! I stick with my original argument and piece of advice. It's okay not to post, Molly, because we'll be here when you get back, but only if it's something worthwhile. I think it's okay to admit that, as a reader, I can be quite disappointed with some of your content, and that lately I've come to expect very little from your writing. It's either pointless or too affectatious. As much as you want to tell yourself and us otherwise, you are blogging for us. Like you say, you've made friends from this blog, and I think ultimately that's what you want from blogging. If you want more friends (more readers) then my advice remains. Just think about it. I know you will.

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    1. seriously! Such bold words and no name! Molly we love your blog. It is the very first one i go to everyday.


      PS - I am sure molly would not want me to respond to your words, BUT friends can not just stand by and let others talk to them in such a way. Your words are not friendly critique, they are just PLANE RUDE! Move on!

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    2. Whoops! i can't spell. "PLAIN" Feel free to critique if you must!

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    3. let's break this down, shall we anon? your thesis is "I don't think you DO do it for you" and molly says she does. ok.

      "classic attention whore" - name calling? not a good way to start off this comment. clearly being an anon frees you from repercussions but it's childish and unnecessary. i expect better from you.

      "It's okay not to post, Molly, because we'll be here when you get back, but only if it's something worthwhile" - many people thought this post to be funny, and in her next post, molly specifically stated that she wants to write to capture and record all sorts of memories, even insignificant ones. if something is worthwhile to her, and it's her blog, she will write it. feel free not to think it's worthwhile, but remember, she's not writing for you, but herself. here is the first piece of evidence you are contradicting your thesis above - you think it's not worthwhile, molly does. evidence that molly is, indeed, writing for herself.

      "I think it's okay to admit that, as a reader, I can be quite disappointed with some of your content" - again, you prove yourself wrong. it's because molly's not writing for you and doesn't put content out there for you, or other readers, to enjoy. she does it for herself. you have again proven that your thesis is wrong.

      "As much as you want to tell yourself and us otherwise, you are blogging for us. Like you say, you've made friends from this blog, and I think ultimately that's what you want from blogging." - Molly wants more friends...for herself. It's natural for someone to want more friends. While a symbiotic relationship, friends makes us happy and fulfill us. Therefore, you again prove, that Molly is doing this for herself, as she stated. If she's trying to make more friends, she's blogging for herself. Again (!) you have refuted your thesis! Your argument is pretty much done after this statement. If she was blogging for us she'd be worried about you not liking her content. But she's blogging for herself and to make more friends because friends make her happy. I've never seen someone destroy their own opinion in their statements as much as you have.

      "Just think about it. I know you will." - Just a note of advice, I'd say to not make comments like this as they are super-creepy. Like. Super. Creepy.

      So, after looking at the evidence of your comment and what molly said in the post after this, it appears you are wrong. And you are wrong by your own volition - everything you say after stating your opinion refutes it and is contradictory! I understand you didn't want to leave your name by such a foolish and illogical statement, but perhaps if you think through things a little bit more you can be proud to stand by your opinions. And hopefully they'll hold a little more water than the statement above.

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    4. I disagree entirely. We do blog for ourselves, so that we can go back and read the story of what happened over these glorious years of life. The comments, the friends, the relationships, those are all the positive outcomes that can come of this. Like Molly said, if no one commented on my blog, I would still blog. I started without any followers, and I honestly didn't intend to get any. Any followers gained along the way have seriously left me in awe. Someone actually cares to read what I have to say? Cares to comment and brighten my day? It really shows the beauty in people. And unfortunately, with seeing the beauty in people, you can also see the ugly. When you leave harsh words that are only intended to hurt. So for every anonymous comment that is intended to hurt someone, I hope the rest of us can ban together to spread the love. Because that's what blogging is really about.

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  9. unreal.
    Molly you are amazing. Some of your posts are 'fluff' (candles in Target) and some are so amazing (like the one you wrote on January 12 about snow). and that's perfect. we need both. you keep doing what you do and know that a lot of us love it to death.

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  10. Evidently people have forgotten the old age saying "if you haven't got anything nice to say don't say anything at all"...I mean seriously if you don't want to read Molly's blog then don't. Free will and all. But why be so spiteful and attempt to hurt someones feelings by saying such negative comments - something which really doesn't need to be put out in to the world because it's irrelevant and not worthwhile. Seriously. I'm often baffled by peoples need to belittle others or be unkind. Keep blogging Molly! I love your blog. :-)

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  11. Just wanted to tell you that I think you're lovely and I appreciate your blog. :)

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  12. I love reading your blog...i visit everyday (not weird or anything just enjoy reading) and getting such a kick how you love my city...i live here too..just ignore the the ignorant eventually as you will learn in life they do go away!!!please don't let them spoil this for you...

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  13. First time commenter: love your blog Molly. Thanks for writing because you love to write; I think it shows- and I think you're good at it. :)

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  14. Some of your posts are funny, some of your posts are cute, some of your posts make me want to visit New York. Then there are those posts that touch me so deeply that they literally bring tears to my eyes (there have been many). You write so beautifully and I am glad that one nasty person has not discouraged you.

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  15. You are very loved, dear Molly. Keep writing and sharing your heart with us; both are beautiful.

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  16. To my favorite blogger,

    Keep writing, friend. Keep writing always.

    I think you are amazing.

    I love coming to this space.

    I love reading your words.

    And I love YOU.

    XO,

    Your friend and fan,
    Anna

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  17. Your blog makes me happy.
    That is all.

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  18. TEAM MOLLY 4-EVA! I read your blog not only because (a) I live vicariously through your NY adventures and (b) you just plain rock, but also because you have a serious talent for writing that I truly appreciate. It takes serious talent to take an otherwise ordinary experience and explain it in a way that makes a reader feel like they were there, or, as with your post a few weeks ago about the snow, sit on the edge of her seat and wonder what's coming, and then get chills, real chills, to learn that it was snow. Snow--an ordinary event in NYC, but turned into something magical by you. I love your stories and tales most of all because of how you write them. xxxxxx

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  19. Every super person has a villain trying to take them out Molly. Looks like this anonymous commenter is yours. How does is feel to be a villain anon? How does it feel to be super Molly?

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  20. So I just read this post and the one above it. I have no idea how I happened upon your blog, but I enjoy it. I had missed the one about the candle so after reading the latest one I thought oh I missed an entry I better go read it. I have to say I laughed out loud. I can just see the look on your face when the checker did that. I think I would have had to laugh at the person and probably made a comment to them. My neighbor and I shop target all the time and oh man we would have had a blast with that. Anyway, long comment made short....Keep blogging! You are a talented writer and someone in Waterloo, Illinois enjoys your post!

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  21. Okay Anonymous....
    I was going to sit back and not say a word but you have compelled me otherwise. I work full time and have three small children. I don't get the opportunity to pick up the phone each day and ask, "How are you, friend? What did you do today?" If all she did was go to Target and buy a candle, so be it. I want to hear about it as I am usually reading this late at night once all of my children have gone to bed. Sometimes I let my daughter read it with me and share in what "Aunt Molly and Uncle J" are doing in New York. That's what we do for people we love and our true friends. We sit and read the good stuff, we sit and read the not so good stuff. Just as if we were sitting together in her living room - we want to know what is going on in her life. THAT is what a true friend does and I am blessed she is mine.

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    1. Ditto! I keep up with your blog for so many reasons but mostly because I want to know what's going on with you and J. I love reading about your grand and normal day to day adventures.

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  22. Hi Molly-
    I stumbled upon your blog by clicking through a number of different blogs and loved the first few entries of yours I read, especially the most recent. I have started blogging, quit, and started again several times because I always struggled with keeping up with the blogging joneses (funny, I just wrote something along those lines today) and finally I was like f it, I'm writing for ME. And sorry anonymous (you're soooo brave to comment without a name btw), but I do think you CAN blog for yourself. I love reading blogs mostly because I'm nosy, but also because I love reading and I love talking and I'm very interested in how other people live...and I appreciate even the smallest of details (candle in Target) because I can relate and I can see the humor in it. Frankly it would be really freaking irritating to me to read a blog that was like a literary work of genius every single day. To me, THAT would be boring. And when I do grow bored with a blog or am no longer interested in what the blogger has to say, guess what? I STOP READING. Amazing, isn't it? Now if you're smart enough to figure out how to anonymously comment, figure out how to unsubscribe or whatever it is you're doing.
    Sorry to ramble, Molly. KEEP ON KEEPIN ON :)

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  23. Molly, it's true I'm not known for my upper body strength, but if you need me to take somebody DOWNTOWN, you know I will.

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  24. molly, i love you. and i love reading your blog. each.and.every.single.post. and i will punch anonymous right in their anonymous face.

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  25. Blog, Molly! I love to hear about any adventure in New York. ;) You're a beautiful lady, inside and out; so don't let someone by the name of "anonymous" spoil life for you... :) love and hugs! jmg

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  26. I'm just catching up...and seriously, I'm so over the "Anonymous, I'm too scared to show who I really am".

    Molly, you are a fantastic writer, and I'm so glad that I found your blog. I am definitely envious of your adventures in NYC, and if you want to write about candles (or whatever else you want) you do that...it is your blog. And you share it with us because that's who you are. Anonymous can kick rocks and find somewhere else to maintain a happy life ;)

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  27. I, also, like reading about what life (yes even normal little Target runs) is like in the Big Apple. Somehow it feels different in the big city than a small town! Keep on keeping on, Molly. I know it sounds cliche, but it's Anonymous's issue, not yours, that made them say something that they knew might hurt you.

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