It’s the end of the month, and I’m paying bills.
It’s true I guess that the spirit of Christmas can linger for a very long time. Especially the spirit of Christmas shopping. But now I am full of remorse for how much money I have spent since Christmas.
Well, that’s sort of true, anyway. I am also totally delighted with all of the great stuff I bought:
– A red sweater with a cool back zipper -even though I have to wear my hair up when I wear that sweater or I get my hair caught in the zipper about every twenty seconds, but I like my hair up now so that’s fine;
– A blush, contour powder and highlighter, all in one compact that is too big to carry in my purse, but all three look so good swirled that I just had to buy a big puffy brush too to swirl it even better;
– A black sweater tunic that I really needed because I only have four black sweaters and this one is long and swingy and perfect with faded skinny jeans, even if it is so long that it hangs out over my longest winter jacket;
– Two jars of heart-shaped beets (Heart-beets – get it?) for my husband for Valentine’s Day, that only cost seven times what a jar of regular-shaped pickled beets costs (well fourteen times, because I bought two), but made up for the fact that I forgot to buy a Valentine card and then it snowed, and so I found last year’s card in a drawer and gave it to him again;
– Penny loafers in sweet strawberry-pink suede, made even sweeter because the penny slot is lilac, and I didn’t have any pink shoes and I didn’t have any lilac-decorated shoes, and I haven’t owned penny loafers since I was fourteen, so I had forty-nine years of pent-up desire that I didn’t even know I had until I saw them;
– An oversized striped baseball jersey – you know the kind with the raglan sleeves and a neckline that already looks stretched out and comfy and old, in a featherweight faded cotton that will be so cute in the summer, if summer ever comes;
– Three books that I know will change my life as soon as I read them, which will be right after my next ten blogs (and Level 207 in Pet Rescue);
– And of course the necessities – gas, oil, insurance, coffee, peanut butter, and a lipstick in a color called Rhubarb which is a lovely dusty rose, and is so much better than my last dusty rose lipstick which was called Rich Topaz which makes no sense at all.
So you can see, that I have shopped very wisely, but I might perhaps need just a teensy bit more self-control.
So after finishing my bill-paying, I made myself a small promise.
I will not buy anything else (except the necessities, but which includes lipstick, of course) for one full month.
I can do that for one month. Years ago, when I was poor, I was very frugal. For years on end, I was frugal. I can be frugal for one month.
So why oh why, did I have to see today the craziest good temptation? Crazy because I don’t like short-sleeved tees and I really don’t like tees with cutesy sayings. So why do I think this is the cutest thing I’ve seen (this week)?