While I was there, I found out they have open positions for part time sales associates and a window display specialist (sewing samples for their window displays), so I picked up an application. Don't cross your fingers for me yet, but I'm hoping for the best. With my shopping habits, the only better place I could think of to work would be at an independent bookstore and I haven't found any near me yet -- our nearest five BookSense retailers are one way in south Dallas, three in Fort Worth, and one in Ardmore, OK.
After a nice conversation with one of the ladies at Hancock Fabrics, I popped over to the grocery store since that was really why I went out: I used up the end of the olive oil we had making spaghetti sauce, so I wanted to get some olive oil to tide us over until Vogon buys another can, a loaf of French bread to go with tonight's dinner, and a few miscellaneous staples. I wound up splurging on garlic French bread ready to heat in the oven, a 500ml bottle of Da Vinci olive oil, a pack of plastic-handled paintbrushes, and the new Honey Maid soft-baked snack bars in blueberry and oatmeal raisin. (I saw a magazine ad for them last week and Laurel wanted to try the blueberry flavor. I would have gotten the banana flavor too, but there weren't any on the display.)
As I was writing about food in this post, I went to Central Market's site to look for a reference for the size of the can of olive oil I was trying to describe and found out that their annual Hatch Chile Festival is last weekend and this weekend -- one of Vogon's absolute favorite times to go there -- so I'm subscribing to their newsletter so I don't miss the beginning of it next year.