Fallen, as in fallen off the wagon that is. You know, the non-shopping wagon that plugs along its boring way. That wagon. I've fallen off so far and frequently that I don't know if I can even catch up to climb back on.
Whose idea was it anyway to give up shopping right before Christmas? What a harebrained idea! What kind of nitwit would ever consider such a thing?! Oh yeah, heh heh, that would be me. Me and my grand, inspired idiocy that I proclaimed to the world on Facebook and then here. Yep, I was so out of my mind that I even mentioned it in our family's Christmas letter that is going out in all our Christmas cards tomorrow. Foolish, foolish me. Would it look awkward if I covered up my little P.S. with a festive Christmas label? Or the stroke of a black sharpie perhaps? Not at all obvious, I'm sure.
So, my darling daughter tells me I must stop hiding out and come back to my blog and confess my many transgressions. Ugh. That makes for boring writing and reading, wouldn't you agree? Who wants to read a boring blog? Not me! I'll make it as brief as possible: A shopping trip with above mentioned daughter resulted in three turtlenecks for me (and a lot more loot for her but I won't go into details except to say I resisted the pull of a darling new pair of shoes that were rock bottom cheap!) Can I plead my case to say that I'm always cold in the winter and turtlenecks help stave off the chilly winds? I didn't think so. Then there was the quick stop at Pottery Barn where I succumbed to temptation and used my $25.00 coupon. That means I got $50.00 worth of stuff and spent only $25.00! (The new red mercury votives look splendid on the fireplace mantel and I'm gifting the 5 year diary - to myself). Not far from Pottery Barn on Grand Avenue is a fabulous art supply store called Wet Paint and I am powerless when I enter... I could not resist the pull and purchased a few small items but I console myself with the fact that it is an independent small business that truly benefitted from my husband's hard earned money. Then there's Macy's where I threw caution to the wind and bought a new skirt and blouse that I have worn to a few Christmas events. Cute, yes - necessary, no. Well, this is getting old and boring (I warned you) but I have to add my trip to Maurices that was only supposed to result in a pair of dress slacks for eldest darling daughter but actually resulted in an additional sweater purchase for me. Whew! That's it for the big stuff but I wouldn't be completely honest if I failed to mention my trips to Walmart and Target which have resulted in a few candy purchases along with the necessities. There. Done.
I'm a lousy non-shopper, it's true. For those of you who read through my confession all the way to the end without gagging, well, you deserve a special award. I wish I could get you a little something, hmmmm... Just kidding! Still, just as our Lord gives me grace daily, without end, I'm going to get back up, dust myself off and try, try again.