“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver
Visited the Early Access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last weekend at the infamous Mall of America here in Minnesota (Anniversary Sale starts in earnest tomorrow nationwide and online!). It was actually at my husband’s request as he needed some new dress shoes and casual shorts. I needed nothing, but wanted several things I’d spied in the Early Access catalog they had sent out to Nordstrom cardholders for previews. Nordstrom membership has its benefits (or pitfalls, depending from whose vantage point you’re assessing).
Regardless, those in the know will shop the catalog first to prep for maximum speed and efficiency at the store. In that vein, DH and I agreed the best plan of attack would be to split up, each take a kid, and meet up with the goods in about 90 minutes. This is the longest we could subject our a three- and five-year-old kids to the mall, even when plied with an iPhone for entertainment. In the end I came away with a couple of pumps, two shirts, a watch, and a necklace.
Up ’til our move in April I’d been really great about limiting my shopping. Mainly because I didn’t want to acquire anymore STUFF to pack and move. Also, I knew I should redirect dollars to the “kitchen remodel” fund (I’ve recently resisted some handbags which are comparable to the cost of a farmhouse sink!) Unfortunately, that pragmatism is hard to hold on to and the sale reminded me once again of the natural “high” that comes with acquiring such beautiful things from a place where you’ll be waited on in the best, least solicitous way.
I’ve often joked that I’m a shopaholic, so I was curious, what constitutes one? When you Google the term, several sites come up, one of which has this questionnaire. If you enjoy shopping as I do, you ought to take it and give your own honest answers. My responses are in italics after each question:
So, it is as I expected, I’m just an avid hobbyist as far as shopping goes. So While I’m not “compulsive” I do have some tendencies… this is pretty much true of my personality overall I’d guess. My main concern is our impressionable young girls and trying to balance the need to be a role model to them while recognizing that we do not live an austere life. It will be an ongoing battle to see things through their eyes and make sure we don’t unwittingly instill overly consumerist behaviors in them.
**Excerpted from the Shulman Center