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The Green Dress Mishap and the Holidays Were Actually About Giving to Others and Not Myself

Well, I made it through the holidays and now halfway through January without buying myself one thing! Score! Believe me it wasn’t easy. I really had no idea how much I bought myself when I was supposed to be buying for others. Ouch! That one stings a little bit. I mean, Christmas is supposed to be the givingest sesason of the year and here I am buying for myself. I am proud to say that it came to a screeching halt this year! I really only had one time that I nearly caved and that was a Price tree farm I was running in to grab a few things for dinner and lo and behold this little beauty was sitting there waiting for me. I immediately fell in love with this little Christmas tree farm to go with my Christmas village. After all, it was on sale for $7.79, unique and I deserved it, right?! In the past, I would have been able to justify all of the above. It was hard and I even requested that Santa put it in my stocking, but I guess Santa knew that would be a cop out, so I didn’t even get it in my stocking!

As I have mentioned, I am not a big shopper, but what I have noticed is that when I am having a bad day, I will look for a reason to go to Target or somewhere “cheap”. Oh you know, I justify the visit with buying cat food…I mean after all the cats have got to eat. They do out number the humans in the house and could take us down if they wanted to or they can pass out from hunger like Pumpkin. pumpkinThe problem is not the cat food, it’s being sucked in by the “dollar” section, which in all reality it’s the $3 or $5 section, but I still call it the dollar section, huh?! Great marketing on their part.

Speaking of marketing, has anyone ever noticed the amount of emails that are trying to take your money? I’m not talking about scammers, I’m talking about all the honest businesses that are having a sale for this or that…like literally for every holiday. I thought it would be over after Christmas, but no they have sales for literally every day of the week. If I acted upon every sale that was sent my way, I would go broke “saving” money.

Oh, I almost forgot my little “incident” with a dress. This green dress to be exact. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset You see, I was really wanting a new dress for our holiday dinner celebrating Grayson coming home after her first semester at college, but you know I couldn’t do that, so I did the next best thing and raided Ashton’s closet. I found that cute little green number, except I didn’t notice the trim was missing when I put it on. When do I notice? Mass, of course! So I did what any self-respecting Southern woman would do…I left my coat on during Mass and nearly died of a heat stroke. By the time Mass was over, I had decided that I would rip the trim off the other sleeve before dinner. Grayson took it upon herself to take a ittle extra care than that, but we got it done and it’s good as new!

I will have to admit, it does feel a bit liberating knowing that I am taking control of spending and actually sticking to a shopping list. Now, I just buy the cat food, not the cat food plus a cute Valentine coffee mug or a new swimsuit while I’m at it.

okc marathon entryWell, I am happy to say that I am officially signed up for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and I am in week 5 of training. So far so good. I feel strong and better than ever. That’s mostly due to Kris Pickle and her morning strength training class! Yippee! My goal is to average a 12 minute mile for the whole marathon. I know many people can blow that out of the water, but that is my goal. I tend to start off well for a marathon and then fall apart and never finish strong. This year is going to be different! I’m looking for a strong finish.



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