I'm *sure* they weren't sending me a message or anything, but over the holidays, a group of them presented me with an impressive gift card to that Yoga-Clothing-Retailer-Everyone-Loves-To-Hate. I'm not necessarily a fan of Lu's business practices, but the fact is, their stuff holds up well, fits like a dream and looks good.
Since led class was cancelled today, I took this as a sign from the Universe that I was meant to spend the afternoon fumbling around in a tiny room under flourescent lights while a perky 20-something piped up outside the door, "How are those sizes working out for you, Kai?" (Lu is nothing if not dedicated to a persistently up-beat customer service experience *forced-smile*).
Anyway, the staff were pleasant enough. I went into the store with a gift card, a battle plan and a long-term strategy. It helped a lot, kept me focused in a room full of options. OMG!!! It was overwhelming!
But I walked out with new teaching clothes (crops and yoga bras) that will eventually become 'shala clothes' when my current set kick the bucket (I'm giving them another year; this is my 'long-term stategy'). And I took home a pair of gray leggings in the softest, most luxurious fabric, just for the joy of it. Love them!
But my favourite purchase of the day was a vegetable grater.
A few days ago, I visited a local 'gourmet kitchen gear' store and asked how one might create 'raw spaghetti' from zucchini. The sales staff (a posse of three) proudly presented me with a variety of huge, ludicrously expensive and scary-looking vegetable guillotines. I thanked them politely and ran for the door.
When I posed this same question to a serene, aproned sales associate at W-S, her eyes sparkled with joy and she placed a tiny vegetable grater in my hand. "This one is my favourite!" she exclaimed with genuine enthusiasm and explained how it can make zucchini spaghetti AND big long zucchini noodles for raw vegan lasagna.
By sheer serendipity, I had stumbled across the only vegan, raw-foodist sales associate at W-S. I wouldn't be surprised if she was also an authority on Macrobiotics. I wanted to kiss her.
Isn't it gorg? And I brought it home for just $12. Recipe tomorrow! :-)
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