Okay, so yesterday was the best day of work in my entire life. You all know I work in an international department, right? We have distributors from everywhere in the world visiting our offices all the time. Most of the time is a bunch of dudes that come for meetings and to tour our plant. Yesterday our best distributor was in town. And he brought his wife.. yeah, um she didn't want to sit through meetings or go on a plant tour to quench her desires to know how grain silos are built.. she wanted to see AMISH people. So who gets the privledge of taking Felicita to Amishville? Oh yeah.. you guessed it. =) Yours truly. Since one of my old roomdogs was a Jo (Jerk-over amish) and I actually dated a Jo, somehow I became the scholar-amish-knower-tour-guide. Um, shopping all day instead of sitting at a puter.. I think I'm game. =)
I decide to take her to Shipshewana. For any of you that live close and know what Shipshewana is, you know that it's a tiny, tiny town filled with Amish shops and a huge flea market. Let me tell you about Felicita and I's day.
10:00am - We pull into the ATM at a bank. Felicita tries 3 of her different bank cards and none of the pin numbers she uses are correct. She can't seem to remember what pin number goes with what card. I look in my rear-view mirror and see 4 cars backed up behind me. Shoot. Finally she figures out one of the pin numbers and gets $500 out.. um, does she realize that we are going to a flea market where most things are either $1 or 6 for $5??
10:00-10:30 We drive through amish land. Every time she sees an amish person, she nudges me and points at them. First of all, she must have forgotten that I live around here and see amish every time I go to Walmart and second of all, I didn't know how to kindly tell her that they really don't like it when you point at them. =/
10:45 - We get to the flea market and the first thing she buys is a pair of flip flops for $1. Now mind you, this woman is decked out in designer clothes, has a Louie Vuitton bag slung over her shoulder (which I was told later cost $1,100), is kicking in leather heals and has carets and carets of diamonds on her fingers, wrist and neck. And the first thing she buys? Oh yeah, $1 flip flops because her feet hurt... crack me up.
12:00pm - We walk around the auction at the flea market. Um yeah, she rubbed her nose and the auctioneer thought she was bidding. I start shaking my head and telling him "no" as she is giggling and asking me what's happening. Um, you almost bought a horse, that's what's happening. Whew.. that would have been hard to ship to her.
12:30 - We started to head out of the flea market and I stop to finally buy the metal star I had been eyeing the entire time we were there. (I took a picture of what I did with it in my house and Darin has the digital camera cords today.. I'll post the pic later) She insisted on buying it for me because I made a huge sacrifice to take her shopping instead of working all day. (Wow.. I REALLY like Felicita!) As much as I insisted that I would purchase it, she stepped in front of me and bought it for me. Wasn't that nice!? It was only $12 too.. at Potter Barn they are $99!!! Yeah, I'm in love with my new star. =)
12:30-2:00 - We leave the flea market and drive downtown Shipshe. As we are stuck in traffic she sticks her camera phone up to my car window and takes pictures of buggies and amish people walking down the street. Yeah, still couldn't muster up the guts to tell her that they don't like their pictures taken either. =/ She then buys a quilt for her daughter. Um, they live in Miami and El Salvador... and she bought a quilt... maybe they crank their AC way down?? I'm still puzzled about this one.
2:00 - I took her to the Blue Gate for lunch and now she is in love with amish peanut butter. She has now truly lived. =)
So all in all, we had an awesome day and I have a new best friend from Miami. =) She gave me the hugest hug when she left and grabbed a catalog with homes for sale in the area because she liked it here so much. She would have hyperventilated if I would have been able to get ahold of Alice (old room dog) to set her up with a buggy ride. Maybe we'll save that for when she moves here. =)
Maybe I should have taught her the little dutch that I know.. "Eek ben fatty, com butz me!" Which means, "I'm finished!! Come wipe me." Very useful, I know.