Kick me out of your girls' club now. I don't like to shop. There's nothing fun to me about the crowds in stores, the piles and piles of merchandise to sift through, and the nagging in the back of my head that I can only afford one thing I really need in the whole store so I had better do a good job, dammit!
But, one can only put it off for so long. I think the problem is that I'm so picky. I was in the market for a little black dress for my friend's wedding - dressy enough to be a bridesmaid in, but not so dressy it requires nylons, because none of the other bridesmaids are deigning to wear them. Then shoes for said wedding - that didn't show off my heels and toes because I didn't want to deal with a pedicure. I need shoes for walking too after the destruction of my usual pair became complete on the two-week trip - and they must go with everything because I can't be getting multiple pairs. A bracelet for the wedding - should be pearls to go with my necklace, but maybe with a little color to help me look less washed out, but also cheap (ie fake), and also not look cheap. And then it turned out that for the "casual" rehearsal dinner, "casual" actually meant "summer dress or skirt with nice top" - I have no "casual" dress (I actually don't get the concept) and I have no "nice top" to match my one skirt. (I have some that would be appropriate for the office, but would sort of corporate next to someone in a summer dress.) So, more shopping to come - the shoes, the bracelet, the dress or top... and about one day to do it.
Then there's the calligraphy project. I got the pens in Munich. Then I got some paper in a little shop off the Hauptstrasse. The paper didn't work with the pens. So Damon stopped yesterday at a pen/paper shop in Neuenheim to get some. The paper is poster-sized. Damon asked if they could cut it smaller. "It's too big for us to cut." Too big for them to cut?? And what cutting facilities exactly do they think I have at my apartment!? Shouldn't they have a way to cut huge paper if they are going to sell it? (This is typical in US art stores, at least.) Now I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to do a decent job cutting down this paper with a cutting mat that's only about a quarter of the size of the sheets. I might have to just resort to scissors and then trim off straight edges later.
EDIT: I went to H&M and got two "nice shirts" and a skirt that was on sale for only 5 EUR. So, rehearsal dinner now covered. Looked for bracelets in a couple more stores. No luck. Maybe I'll just go bracelet-less. The wedding is this weekend :)