I embarked upon a shopping expedition today with three goals in mind. I achieved one goal successfully. The others…. not so much.
1. Shoes. I need a pair of shoes that are dressier than my hard leather Birkenstock clogs, but which won’t leave me limping. Success. I found two pairs of Clarks today that should do the job. One pair of loafers, one pair of slides. Both on sale. Score!
2. A Dress Coat. My much-beloved, decade-old winter coat is moth food. Sigh. After today’s expedition, I doubt I will find its equal: wool gabardine, zip-out liner, ankle-length, black, trench coat styling. Apparently, current fashion is short, skinny, and ugly. I saw quilts and blankets masquerading as coats, lots of faux fur, and coats that will only keep you warm from the thighs up. Most of the runner-ups are cat hair magnets. (Word to the retailers: If your black flannel coats are covered in stray bits of white faux fur from the next rack over, you might consider giving them a quick once-over with the lint roller. Ya think?) I did see a winter trench by London Fog, but it was only available in tan. Dare I stray from my signature black?
3. Non-electronic, mind-expanding toys for 10-year-olds in the under $10 range. I got nothing here. Nada. Zip. I want at least four toys to supplement the bookstore gift certificates I’m giving the nieces and nephews this year. Apparently I ask too much. Everything is electronic now, and what kid wants a crappy $7 electronic toy when they’ve got a Gameboy in their pocket?
Tomorrow: More coat shopping…..