Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

As the week wears on...

Fresh when it gets here from Julie Barrett
Thursday, November 16, 2006

I've spent far too much time this week slaving over a hot computer. Honestly, I had no choice but to either get out of the house or go completely around the twist. Well, okay: I'm nearly around the twist already, so I decided the best thing to do would be to get out of the house and see something different.

So I did what any red-blooded American girl would do - I went shopping. But not before I cleaned out the closet. I filled two 33 gallon trash bags full of stuff and then hauled them out to the car before I could even think about what I'd done.

Then I went out and bought a vintage velvet jacket. I happen to think it's gorgeous. Perhaps I'll have time to post a picture this afternoon.

Then I went to Kohl's and wondered the clearance aisles. Since I'm still officially on a diet, it's hard for me to spend a lot on clothing, even though I really do need some new stuff. The good news is that I *almost* fit into a pair of size ten jeans. (I'd purchased some size 16 clothes back in May, so this is a big deal for me.) I could get the jeans over my hips and get them snapped and zipped, but they were really too tight. But dang, just the fact that I could even consider clothing that small is a bit of a victory. I still have a long way to go on the diet, but it really does help things when I can see progress.

Note to that mom who was also scrounging the clearance racks: I appreciate that you have a two year-old. And God knows I appreciate that you have to get out of the house. But that still doesn't give you the excuse to let the kid sit and wail while you paw through the clothes for a bargain. Perhaps that's your plan: Bring the kid, let him scream, and hope that the other shoppers will go away and leave all the bargains to you. A cunning plan I'm sure, but it's still just plain rude. Now I have a headache to get rid of before rehearsal tonight. Thank you so much.

As you might guess, there is no progress on the NaNo. At this point I despair of finishing. I decided to do this at the last minute, and really shouldn't have gone in unprepared. It was the wrong thing to do. I suppose I'll keep working at it in the fading hope that I can jump-start a furious burst of creativity, but I just don't think it's gonna happen. Live and learn, I guess. I'll go in better-prepared should I decide to tackle this again.

But this doesn't mean that I've given up on the work. I really think that it's an interesting premise - enough so that I shouldn't go about it haphazardly.

I did manage to get around to all of the RR entries this morning. I'm generally too busy on Wednesdays to do little more than post the entry, so don't take it the wrong way if you don't hear from me until Thursday. I did surf through a few entries via my mobile yesterday, but that little screen just didn't give the entries the justice they deserved.

Gotta run and get the kid from school and grab some things for tonight's rehearsal. And go slip on that jacket. It had better look as good on me here as it did in the store.

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