Thalia drummed her fingers on the steering wheel. “Our shot appointment is an hour and a half away.” The Muse of Wit looked out into the quiet parking lot. “We’re just going to sit here? What about a little retail therapy… there are shops just a few miles down the interstate.”
Isn’t it beautiful just to be without having to buy something? I used to Amazon in my sleep. I would wake up a day or two later go to work and come back to many boxes.
I have started to purge but I know it going to take me all end of spring and probably all summer to do it. So you know what? That’s fine, because I didn’t accumulate all this stuff in one day.
Isn’t it freeing just to be?
T-shirt: “Sorry I’m late. I got here as soon as I wanted to.” 😁
We have made solemn vows to mindfully de-clutter. I still insisted on buying stuff for Deb on our vacation. She never asks for anything, and she has learned to preface comments on stuff with, “I don’t need this, but…” So when she does an intake of breath and says, “Oh my…” when spotting a soapstone, bone, and fur art piece of a native Madonna and child, I know I won’t have to twist her arm. (And only $30 for express shipping to PA!)
Happy Saturday! Wishing you all the best for your appointment today.
I take my Nook when we have appointments. I have a ton of books downloaded on it as well as a few word games we can play together while waiting. As for shopping we rarely clothes shop and never jewelry shop. Our impulse shopping is usually for board games or jigsaw puzzles. Clothes shopping is for when something is so worn out it can't be mended anymore. My dad would always put that gray duct tape on his clothes which always embarassed my mom. She'd throw his jeans out and he'd dig them out of the trash and wear them again. He had tape on tape on tape. He said that was good enough for going to town grocery shopping. My husband used to staple his clothes together. I'd tear my hands up on staples doing laundry. When I'd complain he always said he forgot to tell me. I'm sure my son uses the tape on his clothes. He has been known to use duct tape on cuts on his hands and arms when he was at work and didn't want to stop and get a band aid.
Coming from a red-green color deficient fan, use grains of salt prn. The facade of the CANCER CENTER has both vertical and horizontal lines that appear to me as a rusty, red color. (Cue laughter 🤣) If that is sorta close to the actual color, I’m thinking something resembling even the hint of “blood” may not have been the best choice. Of course the business of building up meaty blood is part of treatment. 🤷🏽
I like today’s discussion of retail therapy and the role it does and does not serve. I’m reminded of knowing people who “needed” constant music (today video) in every room of their homes! Never turned off. The very opposite of the advice, “Don’t just do something! Sit there.” The torture of sitting quietly. Please tell Tal it is survivable...
As always, Gail, I’m comforted by your calm approach to not just your care for C. Your calmness has the knack of wading through the waters of life’s difficulties. Seeking understanding and, where possible, acceptance of the “is.” Crafting connection through your living out loud! From a random crossing of paths years ago on Medium to today, I continue to learn from all you share. CURE!
I for one am grateful for this ✍🏼 🆚 🛍!
My retail therapy typically takes place at REI during their annual anniversary sale with member discounts. 🏕 I have been a bit impulsive with some art supply shopping too 🛍 but I’m ok with that! ✍🏼🎨✍🏼