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When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping [Aug. 22nd, 2007|09:21 pm]

In just a few scant weeks, I will be winging my way to Vegas to meet up with millimom (aka Siskers), bliss (aka Kam) and annie (always annie). I am totally psyched, because even though these are three of my bestest friends in the whole wide web world, I have only actually met one of them face to face.

So of course I am in a tizzy. Because, Vegas. Vegas is in the desert. I live in a swamp. There's a very good chance I will step off the plane and simply dry up into nothing. And my hair. I will have to do something about my hair, which depends on the kindness of strangers and high humidity to mask the hacking I do to it on a regular basis. Drop me in the desert, and it becomes painfully obvious that I cut it myself. After midnight. And a glass of wine. In the dark. Seriously, I will need to do something. There might even be hair accessories involved. It could get complicated.

Anyway, I'm very excited about the trip, and of course my first thought was, I need to go shopping. Because that's pretty much my first thought when faced with just about any other thought. Milli, a seasoned traveller, suggested that carrying a large purse in addition to a carry-on bag was a good idea, in case you end up having to check the bag. And of course I don't own a large purse. So large purse was first on the list.

I happened to find myself in a store with a friend, who is much younger than I am. She found me not one but two purses, because after I realized I was going to be carrying a large purse on the journey, I realized I needed a small purse to carry after I arrived. She picked out a big old honkin' hot pink canvas tote and a small bronze leather hobo-ish bag. She liked the bronze one so much she bought one for herself, too.  Isn't this cute? she asked, stylish bronze purse tucked rakishly under her arm. Yes! I said, and I meant it, so she convinced me it was just the thing I needed. The big old honkin' canvas tote was a bargain at $11. While waiting in line, I snagged a pair of big old honkin' Jackie O sunglasses, because - Vegas. Apparently big old honkin' is going to be a theme for me. My butt will fit right in!

Back home, I started to have doubts. The big old honkin' hot pink tote seemed a might...big. I started to worry that when I tried to board the plane, the agent would arch an eyebrow at me. What's that? she would ask. My purse, I would answer, not meeting her eyes. The agent would turn to her co-worker and laugh, Looks like we got another code 87 here, Mabel. Passenger trying to sneak on two carry-ons. Everyone would turn to look at me. Other passengers would shake their heads sadly. A small child would point, his mother quickly grabbing his arm and leaning down to whisper a warning for him to not stare.

And then there was the little purse. I started thinking that metallic leather purse carried by 32-year-old = kicky and fun, while metallic leather purse carried by a 47-year-old = Extra on the set of The Golden Girls. 

I gave the big old honkin' hot pink canvas tote to Middle Daughter, convincing myself that the canvas wouldn't travel well, and trooped back to the store to pick up a pleather bag that looks much more purse-like. It's huge for me, but milli and annie will laugh at the notion of it being a large purse. My 29-year-old co-worker convinced me the bronze purse would be OK as long as I don't mix it with gold house shoes and an appliqued sweat shirt. Hmmm. Maybe I should have told her about the sunglasses.

Up next: The Bathing Suit.


[User Picture]From: shabbyesque
2007-08-23 03:43 am (UTC)
Bahahahaha! You crack me up! Incidentally, my hair looks like I cut it myself under the same circumstances, but sadly I paid to get it cut. I hope tomorrow it will look better. :P

But, Vegas is awesome! Jealous! I haven't been in years...hope to go again soon.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-08-24 03:15 am (UTC)
Husband and I honeymooned in Vegas...we went especially for the Star Trek Experience. It was way awesome! But that was nearly a decade ago.
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[User Picture]From: millimom
2007-08-23 06:26 am (UTC)
I'm doubting that the hot pink canvas tote is any larger than the canvas tote I usually use for air travel - so go get the damn bag back! I check in people carrying all sorts of interesting carry-on luggage. A plastic grocery bag, a Macy's store bag, a box of cupcakes..if it can fit under the seat, it's good to go. No one will laugh and point. I promise. Oh! And if you want to just bypass hauling all your crap to LAS and LAX - you can just mail some stuff to my house ahead of time. Annie is going to do that. Just keep in mind you probably won't need half the crap you're planning on hauling. We have toothpaste and shampoo and washers and dryers shopping malls by the score out here in Cal-if-or-nia.

Don't worry one minute about your hair. If it looks like dried crap on toast it'll look just like mine so we'll fit in together. Though I saw your hair in Phoenix, which is also a desert and it looked beautiful.

Bronze purses, big sunglasses? This is what concerns you?!?! Please. You can decide you want to wear a leopard skin thong bikini while walking a puma on a leash....it's all *good* in Vegas.

No worries!!
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-08-24 03:16 am (UTC)
Hey, last time you saw me I had that whole "pregnancy glow" thing working in my favor. Somehow I don't think there's an equivalent "perimenopausal glow".
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[User Picture]From: jchammonds
2007-08-24 02:23 am (UTC)
LOL! You should have gotten (and still have time!) a Vera Bradley Cargo Sling! It's a purse, but it's huge and has lots of organizational pockets inside. The Cargo Sling is the best option, but there's also the Curvy Tote or Villager, both large and also with organizational pockets. For me, Vera Bradley is not just about cute, but about a lightweight bag (can't stand a purse that's heavy when it's empty) that will hold a ton and help me stay organized. I'm carrying Peacock right now and this winter it'll be Windsor Navy.

You'll have so much fun!
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-08-24 03:17 am (UTC)
Ha! You're forgetting I am the Queen of Cheap!
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[User Picture]From: causedujour
2007-08-24 03:42 am (UTC)
I'm still so beyond WAY jealous.

If it wasn't HRH the princess Hannah's birthday that time frame, I'd be killng myself to go!

I've seen you. You're gorgeous. You could pull off a trashbag and potatosack.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-08-24 12:48 pm (UTC)
We will have to do this again soon, so you can come too!

I'm thinking "trashbag and potatosack" would be an appropriate style for me.
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2007-08-29 07:46 pm (UTC)
I viewed the DITL and read part one and two of the shopping experience but I'll just comment on all of it here to save us both some time.

I always LOVE the DITLs! One day I'll remember to do this. Although, my days are usually nothing to talk about ... or to look at. lol!

I enjoyed the shopping story! I totally understand the bathing suit dilemma. You had me ROLLING in laughter over here! Hey, have fun in Vegas!

take care ~
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