I've been donating things to Goodwill for years. Old clothes, shoes, purses, household items, you name it - if I hadn't used it in a year out it went. In November I made a point of donating a lot of things and really pushed myself to let go of some of the cutest items that I really never wore but was holding onto just because. One such thing was a pair of Nine West fuschia leather peep-toe platform slingback heels. Sounds cute, right? I know. I bought them at least four years ago along with a pair of black ones in the same style.
Naturally, I wear the black ones WAY more than the fuschia ones. The fuschia pair was barely used, so when I went through my closet for the purge I threw them in the donation bag. What on EARTH would I wear them with, I kept telling myself.
Fast-forward to today. I was in Marshalls looking at dresses and found the cutest spring/summer piece for 17 dollars. That is practically free in my book so I bought it.
You can guess where this is going.
Yes, the new dress matches the fuschia heels PERFECTLY. Even the style of the shoe matches that of the dress. And now I DON'T HAVE THE SHOES. So what did I do?
I went to the Goodwill where I dropped them off to see if I could BUY THEM BACK.
Merry New Year! (If you know where that line is from, I will buy you a cupcake.) I hope this finds you well. I am watching the Rose Bowl, eating a tamale and shredding documents like it's going out of style. Thank goodness for my Mom's office shredder and its 17-sheet capacity.
So, resolutions. It's all anyone is talking about today. You see it in the news: reporters doing stand-ups in front of gym windows with rows of eager and/or hungover exercisers running in place, man-on-the-street interviews asking Joe Blow about what they would like to do this year. I always say I won't make any resolutions but then I keep a short list in the back of my mind:
Take a self-portrait a day. (This was going to be 'take a picture a day' but I changed my mind, mostly because I want to document how freaking long my hair is now.)
Be more patient with others, especially my Mom. It's a long story.
Eat better/exercise more (aka The Usual).
Make a significant dent in my debt.
Get more sleep.
Reduce my clutter.
Blog daily again.
Develop that other blog I've been thinking about.
Take more photo booth pictures.
Like this one which I took last Saturday night at my birthday party. It is my favorite current picture of myself:
In other somewhat related news, my childhood friend Jen with whom I reconnected via Facebook (thanks, FB!) started a blog last month. It's wonderfully written; she's funny, sharp and introspective without being annoying. I very much like her December 30th entry in which she discusses her 2008 resolution of not buying any clothes last year. I KNOW. I find that admirable on so many levels. Please spend your New Year's Day getting to know her. You won't regret it.