I’ve been feeling slightly blah since I returned from vacation. For the most part my vacation was unbelievably relaxing, but my husband and I had a little tiff that seems to have stuck in my crawl. We almost never argue, so I tend to get really upset on those rare occasions when we can’t seem to agree, particularly because we tend to fight over things I can’t seem to change, like my in-laws. As if that wasn’t enough I came back to a chaotic work situation. My boss left my team for a new position and my company has undergone a very large structural change. As a result my employment status seems to be suspended in the netherworld. The stock market is tanking and the overall financial news, which I tend to listen to on a regular basis, has been bleak at best. I don’t feel particularly sad or stressed, just blah. This blahness has resulted in a good deal of unplanned spending.
It started innocently enough. I purchased a new dish drying mat, like the one pictured above, for our house in North Carolina. I purchased one of these for our home in Maryland a few years ago and I don’t know how I ever lived without it. We place pots, pans, and silverware on the mat after dinner and let them drip dry. It keeps the counters clean and dry, and keeps my husband from piling up wet dish rags all over the kitchen.
Day before yesterday I purchased two summer blouses at Ann Taylor Loft. I’ve been holding on to a gift card to Ann Taylor for years. Seriously years. It’s not that I haven’t shopped at Ann Taylor in years, it’s that I always to forget to bring the dang card with me when I head out to the store. In fact, I forgot the card again on the first trip to the store and had to place the items on hold. It was a lucky thing I did. The next day the blouses were 20%. With the discount my gift card covered the entire cost of both items.
On Monday night, after spending nearly two hours in Books-A-Million, I happily walked out without purchasing any new books. I absolutely love books, so this felt like a major accomplishment. Proud of my self-discipline I came home and ordered two free books from PaperBackSwap.com. But yesterday, I broke down and purchased Hungry Girl from Walmart. I’m in desperate need of new recipes for the upcoming winter and this cookbook looked much too cute to pass up, not to mention the recipes looked amazingly yummy.
Last night I ordered a beautiful blue dress from Nordstrom’s for an upcoming wedding. I saw the dress a few months back in Macy’s and absolutely fell in love with it. Of course, I didn’t have a reason to purchase it that day, so I didn’t even bother trying it on. I have no idea if the dress will fit, but I’m crossing my fingers. I absolutely hate returning items after I pay shipping fees.
I’m heading out of town for a mini-vacation on Friday. I’m happy to be heading away for a little while, but I know that the same problems will be around when I return early next week. I know the spending will continue while we’re on vacation, but I plan to get things back in control as soon as I get back.