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Buyer’s Remorse

Posted on July 31, 2010 by under Life, Shopping.    

dressI woke up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night on Thursday (Friday morning). I think it was a case of buyer’s remorse.

Brian and Jen (Teves) and I went to Black House White Market on Thursday night to look for a dress for me to wear to Carmen’s wedding. The sales rep was so nice. She picked out several dresses for me to try on. She even grabbed a couple of necklaces, a pair of spike-heeled shoes, and a belt to help me accessorize. She put all the stuff in the dressing room, changed some of the dresses for the correct size (I have to wear a larger size in WHBM; I think it might be dresses in general), helped me in and out of them, and was just all around helpful. She made me feel a bit like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. After all her trouble, I couldn’t bare to walk away without buying anything.

I liked all of the dresses that I tried on. Correction. I loved all of the dresses that I tried on. I could only get one due to my limited budget. I got the dress pictured above. Brian tried to rationalize the purchase by saying that the dress looked fantastic on me and that he thought that it actually cost more because of how great it looked. He felt it was a bargain at $180. LOL.

I can usually count on Brian to be the voice of reason. I wished that shopping that night would have gone something like this:

“I like this one.”

“How much is it?”

“It’ll probably be around $180 with tax.”

“That’s too much, baby.”

“Okay. I will just wait for it to go on sale then.”

I was counting on Brian to pull the breaks, but I think that the normal Brian took a vacation or something and an impostor took his place. Shopping totally did not go as I expected. I think I want the pragmatic Brian back.

“Why didn’t you stop me?” I asked Brian the next day.

“It looked good on you and you wanted it.”

“But it was a lot!”

“You’ve spent that much on a dress before.”

“Yes, but it’s been YEARS!”

I was really awful in our credit card days. Not quite as bad as the girl in Confessions of a Shopaholic, but pretty close. It’s funny how when I didn’t have any money, I just charged stuff that I wanted but couldn’t really afford without any care or remorse. Now that I have some extra money, I don’t want to spend it. LOL. Brian and I have been really frugal ever since we got rid of all of our credit cards. We decided we never want to be in debt ever again.

The dress purchase, even though I really like it and Brian thinks it looks great, was a departure from our frugal ways and quite frankly a little frivolous. I’m going to need to work harder at resisting temptation in the future. Remind me to stay away from WHBM for a while. =P

Here are some of the dresses that I’d worn to weddings in years past.

Sheila's Wedding

Divina's Wedding

Emma's Wedding

I’m sure there are tons of other pictures, but I’m too lazy to sort through the 30,000 in my Flickr photostream. I’m going to have to label these pictures better in the future.


P.S. I thought I could get more mileage out of the WHBM dress by wearing it to all three weddings that I have to attend in the coming months. Mom who is a major clotheshorse said that would be a bad idea because then I wouldn’t be able to tell whose wedding it was by looking at old pictures. When I was looking through my pictures online, I realized that she had a point. The only reason I knew which weddings were which was because I remembered the dress that I wore (see pictures above). Right then I thought, I need to go buy two more dresses! Thankfully pragmatic Brian was back from his vacation and told me to wear the same dress (there’ll be a different group of people at each wedding so it’s not like they’ll notice I wore the same dress more than once — not that there’s anything wrong with that) and just make sure I label the pictures. Voila! I’ll know whose wedding it was without having to rely on what I wore. Sounds good to me!

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Just Add Ice Orchids

Posted on July 28, 2010 by under Life.    

For those of you who want your very own Penelope, Dillons has orchids for under $10. I was tempted to buy my plant a friend to keep her company the other day.

P.S. Mom, I think it’s time to give up on your flowerless orchid and just grab a new one. Maybe it won’t flower because you didn’t name it? LOL.

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Geek-o-rama!

Posted on July 28, 2010 by under Movies.    

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls! Welcome to the nastiest, most ghetto movie theater in the city of Wichita! NORTHROCK CINEMA!

Tonight we got to go to the Northrock Theaters and watch “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”. This was a funny and campy indie comic that ended up being turned into a movie. All in all, the movie was not that bad. It had some great music, some actors that I thought I would never see in a movie like this and the comic book overlay throughout the movie was kinda funny. If you’re a gamer, there are a ton of gaming references to go along with all of the outrageous fighting.

The funny thing, after all of the fights, everyone just acted like it was an everyday thing. I would not have gone out of my way to see it if it was not for the free ticket that we got from a friend. If you want my opinion (and I know you do), I would just wait for it on Netflix.

As for the theater, well… That place needs to be burned to the ground. I mean it. It’s a dump and it really needs to be burned to the ground, for health reasons… Really!

We sat in their biggest theater and my first impression was “Did I really used to come here regularly?” They had light bulbs burned out, the seats were all torn up and the place smelled like cigarette smoke. I asked Ching “Why do the seats smell like smoke?” She said, “Probably because people HAVE smoked in here.” It was a very disturbing place for a germophobe like myself.

I give the movie 3 out of 5 stars. It was fun. You didn’t have to think too much and I didn’t fall asleep. I give the theater -5 stars, for its disturbing, nasty and probably haunting typhoidic experience.

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Brian’s Racquetball Victory

Posted on July 26, 2010 by under Games.    

“What are you staring at?” Brian asked me.

“Nothing.”

“You’re staring off into space like you’re looking at something,” He said. “Did I run you completely ragged and into delirium?”

“No,” I replied. “I’m just in shock that you won.”

So there you have it. Brian kicked my behind at racquetball tonight. I figured that I would write an actual blog post instead of simply updating my status on Facebook because these victories have gotten so rare now that I wear contact lenses and can actually see the ball (yes, Brian’s days of taking advantage of the visually handicapped are officially over) that they are worth commemorating. LOL.

So what was at stake this time? The same thing as last time. Seven uninterrupted days of PS3 gaming of Brian’s choosing (he made it clear he didn’t want seven consecutive days; but rather seven select days). He was so sore and whiny the last time when he lost. He was like, “You really don’t want me to play PS3 that much? Why did you get me a PS3 then?” Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. I figured if I lost today, at least I wouldn’t have to endure the incessant whining.

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Kansas Cosmosphere

Posted on July 25, 2010 by under Family, Things to Do, Travel.    

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Brian and I took his parents to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center yesterday. I’d never been there and it’s been years for Brian. Also, I decided that I want to see all 8 wonders of Kansas this year. So it was perfect!

See the pictures we took at the Cosmosphere here.

I didn’t get to take a lot of pictures because I left my real camera at home. Mostly I just took pictures with my camera phone. And, yes, I’m back to the Touch Pro 2 because the HD2 was crapping out on me. I really miss the 5MP of the HD2, though. The Touch Pro 2’s 3.2MP camera just doesn’t take pictures as well.

Overall we got to do all of the things we planned with the exception of Dr. Goddard’s Lab. I think we wore David and Donna out. LOL.

The IMAX Hubble film was the highlight of the day for me. It was fantastic! The film is a must-see! And, I can’t wait until we get an IMAX theater in Wichita. I’m already imagining watching IMAX 3D films in it.

P.S. We are well on our way to completing our “8 Wonders Tour” this year. Two down [Kansas Underground Salt Museum and Kansas Cosmosphere] and only six more to go! What should we do next?

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