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06:08 pm - Clothes Diet, I Mean, Quota (The First Test of), Post #3
Because of Master Danger's past medical expenses, and my upcoming home renovation and travel, I've been tweaking my budget, and one of the things I've been thinking about is my expenditure on clothing.

Here, a short illustration of how my mind works, an actual progression of thoughts from today...

ME: I suppose I could go on a clothes fast. Environmentally friendly as well as budget-friendly.
ME TOO: Seriously? How long can I go without buying clothes?
ME: Well, okay, let's not say "fast." Let's say "diet."
ME TOO: Because built into that metaphor is failure, c'mon.
ME: Well, all right. Clothes "quota."
ME TOO: 'Kay. The shirt from Brooks Brothers on mega-sale is it for the month of January, then.
ME: Exactly! The quota has been filled for now!

One hour later....
ME: Oh crap, there's an irreparable hole in my black cashmere pullover! I guess I should go online and --
ME TOO: Quota.
ME: Fuck.

And, fin.

(I'm not replacing the sweater. Willpower!)

Cheers, and may your beginning of the year make you strong. :)

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From:tx_cronopio
Date:January 7th, 2016 11:33 pm (UTC)
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LOL! Check your messages :).
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From:laurawise
Date:January 8th, 2016 01:38 am (UTC)
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Replied! And APPLAUSE.
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From:stateless82
Date:January 8th, 2016 12:10 am (UTC)
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February is only three weeks away?

I think the beginning of the year is making me clumsy- I fell up the stairs today and caught myself two-handed on the edge of the top step, which I think was lucky and kind of symmetrical, except that something in my right wrist kind of popped and now I'm one with the ice-pack, twenty minute intervals.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 8th, 2016 01:39 am (UTC)
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Oh no! I send gentle virtual hugs and more ice-packs. Go to the walk-in clinic if you don't feel better soon. :(

[hugs hugs hugs]
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 8th, 2016 01:38 am (UTC)
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Deprivation can be a parent of creativity (sometimes)--other times, just the parent of misery, I suppose. Hope the rest of your closet is moth-free!

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From:laurawise
Date:January 8th, 2016 01:41 am (UTC)
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Doing without a black pullover won't be too great a burden, I'm sure. And I can probably get a new one during the early sales next autumn. :)

Cheers and warmth for you -- I hope you're back near your ocean.
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 8th, 2016 01:49 am (UTC)
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Return has happened, but not yet close enough to the ocean! Hope your new year brings unexpected freedom from diets of all kinds.
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From:wildrider
Date:January 8th, 2016 02:21 am (UTC)
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I sympathize. I put myself on a similar "quota," then noted today that my good black jeans are started to fade....

I can quit any time.

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From:laurawise
Date:January 9th, 2016 12:01 am (UTC)
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See, that's the worst -- when it's a staple of one's wardrobe!

I offer support, no matter what your decision re jeans is. :)

Cheers to you!
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From:wildrider
Date:January 9th, 2016 03:47 am (UTC)
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Cheers! (And Happy New Year!)
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From:julia_here
Date:January 8th, 2016 04:25 am (UTC)
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I have been having a week-long debate over the matter of getting a new coat, myself. Part of it is that The one I want the second-most, currently on sale at 60% off, is bright raspberry pink and obviously appeals to my inner eight-year-old (and matches basically nothing I own except the black and denim stuff) and the one I want the most, currently on sale for 40% off, is a good color for my wardrobe but is unlined boiled wool and therefore can't be worn over sweaters.

And I'm yet to answer the question "Do you really need a new coat or are you just cold."

Julia, so far buying deeply discounted earrings, hat, and scarf (which all match the #1 coat) has not helped damp down my woolen hunger.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 9th, 2016 12:02 am (UTC)
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Raspberry pink, though -- how cheering would that be on a cold grey day? There are really strong reasons to go that way if you need to. :)

Cheers, hugs, and woolen goods.
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From:gwynnega
Date:January 8th, 2016 06:24 am (UTC)
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I've been having some success "shopping my closet" lately, but sometimes new clothes are necessary!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 9th, 2016 12:02 am (UTC)
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I actually like shopping my closet! Or so I tell myself. ;)

Cheers and hugs!
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From:paratti
Date:January 8th, 2016 02:32 pm (UTC)
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(((Hugs)))
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From:laurawise
Date:January 9th, 2016 12:02 am (UTC)
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Hugs hugs, mate!
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From:janus_74
Date:January 8th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Here's to your willpower :)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 9th, 2016 12:03 am (UTC)
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Thank you! I will distract myself with thinking of other things than clothes...

:)

Happy weekend to you!
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From:anne_d
Date:January 9th, 2016 05:25 am (UTC)
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Hugs and best wishes. You are strong like an Amazon, you can do this!

I'm not buying anything unless I desperately need it (like underwear), because I've got a pile of jeans waiting until I lose enough weight to fit back into them. I need to impose a quota on the acquisition of hair ornaments and shiny jewelry things, though, especially as I never remember to wear any of them.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 9th, 2016 06:36 pm (UTC)
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I will shop my closet instead! :)

And cheers for your own thinking about quotas -- but I hope you start wearing your shiny pretties, even if it's just for you.

[hugs]
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From:freixenet
Date:January 9th, 2016 02:11 pm (UTC)
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Reading this after all that good learning about our limited stores of willpower at the thing on Friday! You have these well worn neural pathways, too, don't you? :)

I say, get the black sweater replaced. I mean, really, you know at least one of the committments that has you!! :)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 9th, 2016 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Boy, do I have some superhighways. ;)

I think I'll be able to refrain -- because honestly, there may be jumpers on sale in London in March. :)

Cheers and hgus!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:January 9th, 2016 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Much sympathy. I resisted buying two framed old photographs of the local area in the Hospice Shop today.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 10th, 2016 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for your resistance! [applauds]
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From:laurawise
Date:January 10th, 2016 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's a brilliant strategy. :) I often wait twenty-four hours before buying clothes or shoes I see online.

Cheers and hugs to you!

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