So it's been what? 5 days since I posted. Um... I've been shopping. (What? I can only produce so many carefully thought out posts a month. There's sleeping and butt wiping to attend to.)
Well, and there was Sunday. It won't shock you to hear we did not attend any parties. No, we did what all red blooded Americans do on Super Bowl Sunday, we went to the symphony.
One of the advantages of adding to our family a teenage daughter who happens to be an excellent violist is that we get to go and be all supportive of her while she plays stuff like Dvorak's 9th with an excellent orchestra. Here's a different orchestra playing the 4th movement. But my favorite has always been the 2nd movement.
Anyway, as you can see it's terribly awful but we do our best to bear it. We packed the kids off to Beema's too, so as to bear it better on our own.
Monday was lovely. There was sunshine, and the blessedness that is a visit with someone I like, who happens to have children my kids like, and who like my kids, and they play together all the time without squabbling. There was much tea drinking, and chatting, in between keeping her youngest from slamming himself into the ground in as many ways as he could imagine and preventing the older children from colliding as they rode everything we have with wheels down the little slope in front of our apartment.
After that I started shopping. For my birthday I was given money to buy maternity clothes. Yay! It's so much fun to be given money and told how to spend it. I barely ever buy stuff for myself. I know I don't really need it. But it's nice to have from time to time. I was also given a little more with the instructions, "Buy something special."
I need a coat. This was made remarkably clear in the photos of my birthday picnic where I am wearing a sort of cropped sweater, that isn't working anymore with my ever thickening waist, and hunched over with cold. (I know, shut up, it's southern California, but it's still cold enough for an actual jacket from time to time.) I had a lovely wool blend coat that my dad bought me in high school and I wore it for years and always got compliments on it. For some reason I got rid of it. It may have been when we were packing to leave Canada, and I figured I wouldn't be needing a winter coat anymore. It was getting a little worn looking also after more than a decade. So I gave it away. Never believe Flylady when she tells you to get rid of it, you'll never miss it. I ALWAYS DO. You would think I would learn by now.
So I haven't had a good coat in 4 years. I am also cold a lot, and don't have anything warm that looks good when I want to. It would be kind of nice to feel like a grown up again when I go out. So I'm after something that will last a long time, look great with everything I wear and costs around $50. Hah! Actually, I seem to be in luck, because there's a lot of stuff like that on clearance right now.
So help me decide. Please?
Just to get you started. I love this from Charlotte Russe. It's an interesting cut and it's only $30 but it's blue and doesn't go with most of my wardrobe. But I love it so I'm going to show it to you anyway.
Walmart has a serviceable looking black trench for $25.
This trench in black at JCPenny is marked down to $50 from $250 and has a removable zippered liner, which makes it work for all seasons. But the contrast color stitching to my mind makes it look more casual and only for day wear. Thoughts?
Overstock has this DKNY Belted Trench for $60. It's water resistant. I'm looking at the black one.
Then I looked at pea coats for a while, even though I know they are too warm for most months here. They are perfect for right now. And it's cute. Only $59.99 at Overstock.
I keep wishing I could get to a thrift store first to see what I can find, but I have no car and I'm running out of transport favors with stuff that's way more important.
So will you help a girl out? I never spend this much on a single item so it's big decision for me.