I don’t like to shop for myself.
I know this screws up my whole “girly girl” persona, but it stresses me out. Shopping trips are dreaded almost as much as a trip to the dentist.
Helping friends find something they’re looking for? Ok, I’ll totally go along.
For myself? Blah…
Just like dentist trips, I need to start rewarding myself with ice cream at the end…
Anyway- maybe it was because I used to live in close proximity to the 5th (something like that) largest mall in the United States that came hand in hand with overwhelming anxiety and insane crowds. Or maybe it’s because I never truly have a lot of disposable income burning in the ol’ pocket. Whatever the reason, I just don’t like it.
Online shopping is my friend.
However, I am a girly girl and was actually needing a nice cocktail dress for my friend’s rehearsal dinner and one or two staples in the summer wardrobe for work/casual affairs. Not “want”. “Need”. There’s a difference.
And that’s how I went on a bender…
Mon came down to see my new apartment and have a lil’ Sunday Funday downtown.
And this is how I experienced, for the first time, all that is The Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue.It’s astounding how much bigger this place looks from the inside- you just keep going up and up and up! And the jellyfish display for Shedd Aquarium was also pretty cool. Ohhhhh pretttttyyyyy…
Wait… what was I talking about?
Oh yeah- 3 hours later, my credit card was exhausted and I was already trying to figure out what returns I’d be making in the next couple of weeks.
Or not. I mean… maybe I’ll just eat ramen for a few months to make ends meet?
However, that would probably lead to malnourishment. And then all the clothes bought on Sunday probably wouldn’t fit.
I just can’t win.
Either way, it’s safe to say, even with returning a few things, I’m set for the rehearsal dinner. And summer. Hooray!
Instead of ice cream for our success (let’s not live in TOO much excess), we decided dinner would be appropriate.
I chose Wishbone- a southern cooking restaurant that I’ve been to once before, but it’s so good, I had no problems going back.When shopping is your cardio for the day, it’s important to carb load with free cornbread.
All I could do was rave about the blackened catfish salad I had the last time, so when it was nowhere to be found on the menu (the menu changed after 15 months- imagine that), I had to switch it up with the blackened catfish entrée:Let’s discuss…
Rarely do I ever love coleslaw. If it’s too vinegar-y, I won’t touch it. This shiz was JUST right.
Also, I love sweet potatoes, but I never make them this decadent. They were above and beyond. I know the milk used wasn’t fat-free. And in every bite was a hint of pecans and brown sugar. Beautiful. The definition of delusionally happy.
After our little exploration of the city, we meandered (or waddled?) back to my place where Mon kindly offered to help me unload some odds and ends.Even with all the changes going on in my life this month, I know one thing for sure-
The two of us will never grow up.
Anyway, it’s Tuesday. So uh… good luck.