I have lots of clothes. Even though I have cleaned out closets and gotten rid of things I don’t wear, I still have lots of clothes. I like clothes. I like choice. So, although I don’t want spare supplies, toiletries, food, I do want spare clothes., but I no longer buy anything new unless I get rid of a similar piece. Just bought new tennis shoes, but tossed an older pair that I had for 10 years. Yep, I keep my clothes for a long time.
With that introduction, I have to tell you about a blog I just found. Kristy Powell, the author, is wearing one dress for one year in order to protest the ideas and motivations behind how and why we wears clothes. The blog is named, appropriately enough, One Dress Protest, Fasting from Fashion. She is 228 days, as of yesterday, into this experiment. I could not do it.
Nope, no way. Although I have a simplified wardrobe (the same knit top in every possible color is my basic piece), I like variety. Some days it’s skirts, some days pants. In the winter I have a variety of jackets and coats. And, of course, all those shoes.
But I’m planning to check in with this blogger and see how she does as the year heads into the last quarter. I’m adding her to my blog roll.
My basic top with a skirt.
This was the week the teachers returned to school for all those meetings. Hopefully there was some time left over for them to work in their classrooms, getting things in order for the kiddos that show up on Monday. I admit that I miss getting to see everyone as they return from their summer vacation, with tales of adventures and plans for the new year. But then we have to settle into those meetings where we are shown PowerPoint slide, one after another, of how the students did on last year’s test and how they compare to the rest of the world and how we should be doing more to get better test scores, blah, blah, blah…
I wasn't here
Instead, I went to lunch with my girlfriends. The lunch date was actually to celebrate my birthday, but that was weeks ago, and I’m not one for celebrations like that, so I figured, it was a chance to have pie for lunch. Boysenberry pie at the Chicken Pie Shop. Divine.
I was here
But, before lunch, I headed downtown, where my husband met me, and we walked the mall, checking the fountains that have been repaired and are again running. The Fulton Mall was designed with lots of fountains, but with age and lack of funding, the fountains have become dormant, with no water coursing through their pipes. It was good to see some of the flowing again. We had fun taking pictures.
At one of the fountains
Terry taking photographs of the fountain
Today I went shopping for cosmetics because Lancome was having a gift with purchase at Macy’s. I also found a pair of navy tennis shoes that were on sale for only $16 and since I had an old pair that needed to be tossed (my husband thoroughly agreed) it was the right time to buy. My hair salon also called to say that my bright red shampoo was in and I could pick up the two bottles I had ordered. Now, remember my recent rant about not buying extras? Well, there I was buying an extra bottle so I could put it in my travel bag and also because the stuff is so hard to get.
So, did I mention this is the week the teachers returned to work? I really didn’t miss it at all. And, I don’t think I’m going to miss the first day of school that happens next week. I have plans.
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