Did I ever tell you about my shopping problem?
Yeah.. didn't think so.
Well, back in the day (seriously, several years back) - when there was a solid two-income thing going on, I used to.. well.. shop.
Not a big deal, right? Well, I would shop until I did not have a dime left. (Well.. not quite, but it was pretty intense.)
Since then, divorce came and went. Money came and went. New husband. FRUGAL husband... and well, the shopping STOPPED.
Today there was an interesting twist. Since I purchased a $1,300 plane ticket for the Mr., I felt I was completely within my right to blow a little money on me. (This is so I would not feel resentful. Not only did I buy him a ticket, I was also expected to purchase gifts for his family .. then he gets to say they are from HIM.) Don't start on me.. I know.. I know..
Anyway.. after work, I decided to do a little quick shopping. Not too much, just enough so that I feel like I got SOMETHING out of all of this. Heck, I am about to be the one without her husband for 6 weeks.. supporting his trip around the world. ;-)
So I dashed by Cato. Simple. Cheap. Whatever. Not a damn thing I would buy. Seriously. I was looking for a cute top -NOTHING. I chalked it up to, "Well it is hit or miss at little stores like that." But usually I can find a fun little top for $25 bucks. But I was on an impulse shopping trip - so I ended up buying a few little goodies. I bought two bottles of perfume (one I plan on giving to my egyptian "mummy" and some new bracelets/necklace/ear ring set. All for under $30. :-)
Then I went next door to Ashley Stewart. THINKING certainly there will be amazing fall clothing there. UH.. NO. This is starting to scare me. I am not digging the new styles (or old) for fall. I am starting to see flashbacks from 8th grade. Same damned styles. Eeew.
After that, I thought - well.. there is only one way to settle this need. I went to Best Buy. Not sure if you guys know, I used to LOVE taking photos. And my old camera - my Canon EOS Rebel took amazing pictures. But it is a 35mm. I would love the digital one, but right when I was about to buy one.. I ended up paying to move, paying a divorce attorney followed by immigration lawyers.. and the excuses get longer and longer and more and more expensive. So, I ended up buying a little red point and shoot camera about 2 years ago for under $100. Needless to say, after mucho wear and tear - it died. I had nothing.
I have been taking pics with my mobile phone, and they are always blurry. Hate it. Sooo.. I finally broke down and bought myself a little Nikon. Got it on sale - it was $179 and I got it for $119. Not bad. I bought a case and memory card and got out of there for a total of $159. Still, not the exact camera I want.. but it is a start.
I left there and still felt a need.. I knew I better come in the house with something for the egyptian to take to his mom.. and guys, the style over there is COMPLETELY different. Soo I knew the items I picked out would work - I bought a lacey table runner and two doilies. Yuck.. I know. But these people LOVE their doilies. And yes, they were egyptian approved.
All in all, not a bad little shopping spree. I did manage to pick up some new ear buds for my ipod and a Pumpkin Spice Frapp (yes, it was 82 degrees. Woke up to 49.. by 2pm 82. Typical.)
Now.. I sit .. and wait.. for Mr. Papa John to deliver my cheeeeeesy pizza. Maybe that will do it! ;-)
This girl does not like the budget she is on.. but maybe.. just maybe.. this too shall pass.