Sometimes, I am lazy. Shocking, I know. Especially, when I consider how little I blogged last year. Yes, I can be lazy. My sister, Jade, had a birthday on christmas. I know when it is, obviously, as we have celebrated her birthday and christmas since she was born. I sent her family my gift for christmas and then I considered what I could get for her.
Honestly, this year, she called me and told me that she wanted to train for a half marathon. I could hear the excitement in her voice as she detailed her training plan. I asked her what shoes she would use and she didn't know. I suggested going to a running store and having a gait analysis done. Since she lives in Eugene, Oregon, I knew there would be stores committed to running as it is the home of Pre. I also told her that I wore Saucony's, liked Asic's and thought Brook's were also great shoes. They just don't suit me the way that Saucony's do.
Anyways, I had a plan and then time got away from me. I looked on-line at their local running store and didn't see any links to purchase gift cards. I believed it would be an easy transaction. I called them yesterday to purchase a gift card. I really want my sister to have a nice pair of shoes for running. I want her to commit to her goal.
Imagine my dismay when the guy on the phone tells me they don't really suggest that method. I stopped and thought, how difficult is it to charge my card, send the gift card to my sister and a copy of the receipt to me? The kid explained that if it got lost in the mail they would not honor the gift card.
As an alternative, he suggested that I purchase store credit in her name and she could redeem it as a member. She's not a member of the store and so that isn't a solution.
I told the kid I would consider my options and got off the phone. I thought about calling Michaela to have her get the gift card on my behalf. However, why am I jumping through hoops to get a simple gift card? I am not buying a card from them. I just need to re-think the ideal gift for Jade. I don't want to send her a check. I really wanted to contribute to her shoes. I am proud of her for seeking out the half marathon and know she can do it.
I am frustrated in my inability to suss out the store's negligence until now, too. I am lame....