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Unordered listmania [Sep. 23rd, 2008|10:59 am]
...or, upping the boringness ante.

So we moved, and Jeremy's not in a coma any more, and stuff, but last night something interesting enough to write about finally happened: clothes shopping!

Wait, stop, don't go! It's exciting because...

Well, to be entirely frank, it's exciting to me because it's the first time in my life I've ever deliberately set out to shop for clothes.

Previous incidents of clothes shopping (under a loose definition of "clothes shopping" that approximates to "languidly wandering around a store unfolding sweaters on tables and neither buying anything nor seriously considering it") include times when I was:

  • too small to mount effective resistance when dragged along by my mother
  • ambushed by "friends" or "sister" who claimed they wanted to go to the mall for other, less nefarious reasons, but ooh look, a Banana Republic, let's just run in here for two minutes
  • in a Goodwill legitimately shopping for fifty-cent paperbacks when my eye was caught by something shiny and multicolored on a clothing rack
  • getting married, because apparently that requires a special dres or something

I do not buy clothes. I wear what I find in my closet and drawers, which has accumulated over 15 years of other people giving me clothes for my birthday and Christmas and pity's sake. Some of the sweaters in my closet date back to the fifth grade, when I was the same size as I am now.

The clothes I found in my closet that were remotely suitable for a professional work environment (in the fall, winter, and spring; I have some nice sundresses and skirts and sandals and stuff) were:

  • brown leather clogs
  • gray wool clogs
  • brown pants
  • black pants
  • white sleeveless button-down shirt
  • black sweater
  • blue sweater
  • pink sweater
  • red sweater

Which is a grand total of one shirt, and not even enough sweaters to wear a different one every day of the week. Plus, it recently occurred to me that a person who wears (the same pair of) black pants nearly every single day should really own some black shoes.

Also, my 8-year-old tennis shoes finally gave up the ghost two weeks ago (as in, the sole fell off, and was unresponsive to Superglue), and now that I live within walking distance of... anything... I need some shoes made for walkin'.

So last night I went to Target (it's cheap, and also their clothes seem to fit me better than anything in most department stores on account of baby got back) and bought, without trying anything on (I do have my limits):

  • long-sleeved white dress shirt (small; turned out to be smaller than I'd like)
  • sleeveless white cami for layering (small; squishes my breasts to be even smaller than they naturally are, which is fine)
  • black dress pants (size 8; turned out to be bigger than I'd like)
  • 2 pairs black knee socks (one size, thank God)
  • 2 pairs black knee-high stockings
  • black short-sleeved jackety thing (medium)
  • jazzy black sweater coat with cunningly built-in scarf (medium)
  • black loafers (size 8; the right one fits, the left one is a bit too big)
  • athletic shoes (size 8; as yet untested on anything longer than the shoe aisle)
  • frozen pizza (on sale)
  • bottle of merlot (well-earned!)

Spent $235, which isn't that bad, I guess, for what I got. I wanted a nice black skirt, too, but all the skirts were too short; I don't like to expose my calves (they are way thick; I have trouble getting the one-size knee socks up over them).

Today I am wearing the cami, dress shirt, pants, knee socks, loafers, and the pre-existing black sweater. I probably look like an orchestra conductor, but better an orchestra conductor than... somebody who still wears sweaters from when she was ten. Also, for outdoor carpool this morning I wore the sweater coat and a pre-existing black brimmed hat, and three people told me I looked "stylish," which I suspect is kindly code for "less of a fashion disaster than usual," but still.

What is really amazing about all this is that I BOUGHT CLOTHES OF MY OWN FREE WILL. Lots of clothes! It seemed like lots, anyway!

Anybody still here? Nobody? I'll get the lights.

[User Picture]From: spectralbovine
2008-09-23 04:17 pm (UTC)
What is really amazing about all this is that I BOUGHT CLOTHES OF MY OWN FREE WILL. Lots of clothes! It seemed like lots, anyway!
I actually understand your excitement. I don't go out and buy clothes either. The only time I buy clothes is when I'm with my parents and they're buying me clothes. Which happens so often I feel like buying my own clothes would be a waste of money. Well, I buy T-shirts online, of course, but that's different. And I did buy this one pair of jeans for really cheap and I was proud of myself.
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[User Picture]From: lonesomepioneer
2008-09-25 01:32 pm (UTC)
I don't even buy T-shirts online. My mother-in-law buys them for me. :P

I'm glad I'm not the only adult bemused by buying-of-clothing though!
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[User Picture]From: robinmc
2008-09-23 05:13 pm (UTC)
Target is pretty much the only place I enjoy shopping for clothes. And when I say "enjoy" I mean that I don't want to shoot myself after five minutes.

And I still have plenty of shirts from when I was ten, and I would totally wear them out of the house if they weren't falling apart and full of holes.
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[User Picture]From: lonesomepioneer
2008-09-25 01:34 pm (UTC)
You! I haven't talked to you in like ten million years! How are you? Can we get together sometime? I'm living in Greensboro now...
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[User Picture]From: robinmc
2008-09-25 03:59 pm (UTC)
I know! Yes, we need to get together. Let's actually set a time/date and do this!

Are you free at all next week? Maybe Tuesday or Wednesday?
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[User Picture]From: lonesomepioneer
2008-09-25 04:52 pm (UTC)
My weekdays are pretty booked, but evenings (after 5:30 or so, which is when even the longest boringest staff meeting has dragged to a close) are generally free. Unfortunately, Jeremy's in the hospital again, but hopefully he'll be out by next week (not that I'm inviting him along, just that I tend to hover around him a bit when he's inpatient) and we can hang out. You'd be welcome to come over to our place if you don't mind a few still-unpacked boxes lying around, or we could have dinner out, or whatever works for you, really. :)
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[User Picture]From: robinmc
2008-09-25 06:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I usually work until after 5, so if you wanted to do something after 6, that'd be perfect.

I'm sorry to hear Jeremy's in the hospital again - I hope he's doing alright, all things considered.

I could come over there or we could meet somewhere - whatever is less stressful (I don't mind boxes). If you want to give me a call when you know more about Jeremy's situation and which day would work for you, you've got my number.

Can't wait to see you!
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[User Picture]From: tigeremme
2008-09-23 06:48 pm (UTC)
orchestra conductors are totally stylish. =)
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[User Picture]From: lonesomepioneer
2008-09-25 01:43 pm (UTC)
I agree! Clearly, since practically my entire wardrobe is black and white.
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[User Picture]From: incidentist
2008-09-23 07:57 pm (UTC)
Ha, I understand the excitement too, although at this point I think my wardrobe is entirely free of the ill-fitting garage-sale stuff I wore until college.
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[User Picture]From: lonesomepioneer
2008-09-25 04:53 pm (UTC)
I don't think mine will be until that stuff actually crumbles into dust!
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From: mcausland
2008-09-24 04:44 pm (UTC)
I'm still here, but enraged you keep me waiting months for this. Also, that you dare to call me a spartan because John gives me his coats when he is bored of them. Coats are fucking expensive.

You sound like you dress like you knew you were going to be a teacher your entire life. I think natalie dressed like she was going to be a hot authoritative doctor her whole life. I know that kira dressed like she was one of her own mental acid paintings her entire life, or at least since 11, heh.

Did I tell you I'm a gardener?
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[User Picture]From: lonesomepioneer
2008-09-25 04:56 pm (UTC)
*ducks flying objects*

I think it's more that I put off accumulating a wardrobe until I knew what I was going to be (and thus what sort of clothes would be suitable), really. I used to want to be a ballerina nurse, which does account for a lot of my wardrobe as a child.

But though I may not have known what I was going to be, by crikey I always knew you were meant to be a gardener. My psychicness is so totally beyond dispute now.
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From: mcausland
2008-09-30 05:30 pm (UTC)
Aye, you are. Asking at the job centre if they had any gardening jobs for about the last two months had nothing to do with it.
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[User Picture]From: barilosopher
2008-09-26 12:09 pm (UTC)
This does sound fun. I like shopping.
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[User Picture]From: spectralbovine
2008-10-29 04:49 pm (UTC)
Hey, you. I saw this and thought of my favorite synaesthete.
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[User Picture]From: papavic
2009-04-02 03:21 pm (UTC)

You don't know me. I heard of your loss through ashfae.

I lost my fiance 33 years ago. There haven't been many days since I haven't missed her.

Be strong when you can, cry when you have to.

You will get through this, too.
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