Anyway: she had a splendid apple-green satin ribbon garlanded around her tree, which I admired. I'm a little bit of a ribbon freak, actually. I'm pretty sure that my first membership to Costco was a direct result of their awesome ribbon--in large spools! for economical and super-stylish gift-wrapping! It turns out, however, that she obtained the splendid ribbon from Taipan Trading Co. So I thought perhaps I'd swing by.
I said, "Well, it's the middle of a weekday--there probably won't be so many people."
My daughter gave me a tiny look which, in retrospect, I think must have been a pitying one. "It's not that the store is so crowded," she said. "It's just that it's so overwhelming because it has so much stuff."
Let me see by show of hands how many of you have been to Taipan Trading Co. Still alive, are you? That's nice. In the case of my own visit today, however, you can probably guess that (a) the store was crawling with women--young, old, in-between, and bewildered out of their minds, clutching spools of shiny, shiny ribbon (that one was me); and that (b) the store has a powerful tendency to suck the brain clean out of your head, leaving the interior tastefully decorated with country knick knacks, large mirrors, vases full of potpourri, and, of course, festooned with lots and lots of ribbon.
I emerged with two rolls of brown kraft paper (the kind you used to wrap postal packages in), one of white paper with blue snowflakes, a roll of cello wrap (for all my food gifts!), five spools of ribbon, and sundry other items including a bag of caramel popcorn--why? But surely, surely, this season, my presents will be stylishly wrapped. And I can just about guarantee that there will be a tree, bedecked with holiday cheer well before the holiday itself, to put them under.