I want to share with you what I did this morning but I'm afraid it might make you think I am somewhat odd. I explained the saga to Ninny in brief in an email today and she responded, 'sounds . . . random . . .' Anyway, random though it may be, my morning adventure's good fodder for the blog so here goes . . .
Those among you who read such illustrious British publications (read celebrity gossip mags) as Heat and Grazia will be familiar with the new 'It Bag' of the year - The £5 canvas tote by Anya Hindmarsh (who usually designs £1,000 handbags) sporting the oh so earth friendly slogan 'I'm not a plastic bag' has been spotted on the arm of many a celebrity hipster this season. Anyway, a new limited edition of the bag went on sale at 8am this morning at Sainsbury's grocery stores across the UK. Sources (read the guy who answers the phone at the customer service desk) told me that each store only had thirty bags to sell and that it was recommended to come early.
Leave it to me to apsire to have one of these trendy shoppers as my own. I mean, I ask you, who amongst us would turn down an 'It Bag' for a fiver? (Me, I love a bargain.) All of this prompted me to get on my bike very early this morning (I'm not going to tell you how early because then you will just think I'm officially a full-on saddo) and peddle through the early morning rain to the grocery store.
When I arrived, well, let's just say there wasn't a massive queue (I was the only one there!) Despite feeling ever so slightly like a lunatic, I was not to be dissuaded and settled down outside the front door with my thermos of coffee, my knitting and my book, texting Stu that my chances of getting a bag were looking good.
Eventually the line built up, full of mostly women and a few husbands who had been tasked with this errand on the way to work. There we stood, all feeling slightly embarassed, assuring one another that whether in the name of fashion, environmentalism or profit, the early morning was surely worth it. (While we're on the topic of profit, I should mention that these little beauties are selling on Ebay for nearly £200. I think that I object strongly to this kind of inflation - a canvass bag's not really worth £200 is it? - but I am somewhat tempted!)
In summary, I got the bag, it's cool and I happily yawned my way through the workday . . .