Shopping is the devil

No, I don’t actually believe in the devil, but if there was a devil, he would have invented shopping.  Shopping drives me to drink.  And to eat olives and little delicious cream-cheese filled peppers…

I went out after work today aiming to buy some baby shower gifts for two of my friends, some new shoes, and maybe a new shirt or two.

4.5 hours later, I came home with the baby shower gifts, and a pair of shoes (thank the Gods), but no clothes.

Why is it when I actually have the money, it’s so freaking hard to find what I want?  And when I have no money, I find awesome things that I love?!  It’s always been this way for me.

I ended up going all the way across town on the bus that orbits Christchurch (the orbiter) only to find out that the place where I usually find awesome shoes is now closed! WTF shoe store! How dare you do this!  The only other one that I know of was further away, so I went back to a mall nearer to my house to find baby stuff and shoes.

I had a REAL COFFEE when I got there.  It was amazing.  Now that I work from home, I rarely get a real coffee (espresso and not plunger).

The shoes I wish I'd found

No, these are not my new shoes.

A very stylish older lady and I tried on about 30 pairs of shoes together.  She decided to buy the pair I wish looked good on my size 9-10 wide, flat feet.  All you women out there who wear a size 7 shoe need to realize how freaking lucky you are.  I finally managed to find a pair that wasn’t awful on sale for $9.

I tried on at least 10 tops (and even a dress), and hated all of them.  Yes, they look awesome on the rack, but once they’re on me, they look horrible.  Sigh.  Some days I just can’t win when it comes to clothes.  Other days it’s like angels are singing and bathing me in pure light, and everything is awesome.

I really need to lose some weight!  The Beast and I have lots of dates lined up.  Sadly, I haven’t been doing my 28-day boot camp videos like my friend, Bethers, but I have been using the treadmill everyday, so that’s something, right?

Not that the scale is actually moving any.  I’ll not bore you with the details.  It’s probably because I’ve been drinking wine (not a lot) and eating olives and stuffed peppers.  In moderation, but still not helping me any.

After the shoe find, I spent another 1/2 hour in the baby department, stressing over what to buy because I haven’t bought that many things for babies, and not every mum-t0-be loves all the cutesy stuff out there…  Hopefully both of my friends like their gifts!  If they don’t, they can just sell it on trademe or give it away, I guess.  I’ve done my best!

By the time I got home, my head was pounding (probably dehydrated, my bad) and all I wanted to do go home and take a nap.  I think I need to remember to take my iron pills everyday so I’m not so damn tired all the time.

Does anyone else have shopping woes?  I’m not the only one, right?

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. emtnesterBeth
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 01:28:00

    You had me at the red Mary Janes……yes, I find shopping exhausting….but I do love clothes and SHOES, so I proceed with caution!


  2. Rebecca
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 03:23:03

    I hate shopping. hate hate hate. Is there a word stronger than hate? because that’s how I feel about it. If I do ever manage to go shopping alone, I never find anything. Usually in the middle of shopping, I have to go to the bathroom. Which means, if I managed to find anything worthwhile I have to put it back to find a bathroom. It never fails – I can go to the bathroom before leaving for shopping, or not drink/eat anything before I go and I still have to find a bathroom. Stupid old bladder!!!

    But normally, I shop with my kid. which is miserable because she’s too old to sit in a cart and always wants to walk. But walking means touching everything and hearing “can I have this” at least 896 times. Or, something shiny catches her eye and off she goes.

    So yea. I hate shopping :) plus, they just don’t make cute stuff for oversized gals, ya know?


    • gwen
      Oct 26, 2011 @ 00:22:19

      Lol you crack me up!

      I haven’t bought any new shirts in about a year, which was why I decided to try and find some.

      And shopping with Ben is usually crap — he gets bored and wanders off or gives me looks if I’m taking too long. The only thing to do is go by myself every once in a while so I can just take my time, like I did yesterday. But I even failed then!


  3. Beth
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 04:21:35

    You are preaching to the choir. It’s just come to the point where I almost know what shapes work on me and I ignore the ones that don’t work. I normally dont shop, but sometimes I will get into a shopping nitch and only want to do that. It is bad. Also, START DOING THE VIDEOS.

    Although, I have a slight confession. I haven’t done the last two days videos. Saturday I had no time and yesterday my ankle still hurt. It still does, a little bit, but I am going to do 3 videos today and some zumba. LET’S GO!


  4. promenadeplantings
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 05:19:51

    It sounds like we are singing from the same hymn book!


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