On Saturday I spent five hours inside a mall (not including lunch) with three fellow-mom friends and, aside from clothes for the preschooler who refuses to wear pants, all I ended up with were seven t-shirts. Somewhere out there, Susan Wagner is shaking her head and planning another wardrobe intervention. In my defense, I'm a full-time mom to a two-year-old and a four-year-old; I wear tees of one sort or another most days, and use them to sleep in, work out in, push a double-stroller up hills in, do hopscotch on the driveway in, cook in, bake in, and run around the park in. That means that once or twice a year, I have to throw out all my trashed t-shirts and do a major tee replacement. But even so: an all-day shopping trip for....a bunch of Gap t-shirts? Could I be any lamer?
Oh, wait a minute, there were those 45 MINUTES I spent picking out new sunglasses. When Christopher heard about that, he looked at me like I was insane, but when I explained that there were SEVEN CYLINDRICAL RACKS of sunglasses in that particular store--do you know which racks I mean? the ones with columns all around, and slots from top to bottom? how many pairs of sunglasses do you think each one of those holds? 100? 200? Times SEVEN?--well, then he understood. But still. Most of an entire hour is a lot of time to invest in attempting to wrench your eyewear out of the early 2000s. Or maybe even the late '90s. The last time I bought sunglasses was certainly longer ago than the last time, prior to a week ago, that I attempted to use an ATM.
Oh, but it's fall, and in addition to stacks of basic long- and short- (for under jackets and cardigans, of course!) sleeved t-shirts, I'm coveting a great knee-length denim skirt and some affordable brown tall boots, to wrench me out of my t-shirt-and-jeans uniform and march me off into autumn with a modicum of style. So if you see anything budget-friendly out there as you're doing your own fall shopping, be sure and let me know, won't you? I can't go on wearing these tank tops and capris for much longer.
Someday I'm going to be woefully unprepared for an office job.