I was so pleased with my productivity today, that I went out shopping for a break. I wrote 1,264 words this morning, e-mailed my chair about some stuff I needed to do, emptied the trash, and graded 5 of the short papers awaiting my red pen. So I decided that I would head over to the local Macy's to get a new battery in my watch, and maybe treat myself by buying some Origins Body Souffle (the BEST lotion I've ever tried), or trying on some jeans.
I left with 6 t-shirts and 3 pairs of pants.
In my defense, they were all really cheap to start with, and 25% off on top of that. They're all really basic - plain old crewneck tees, but I liked the shape, and my policy is that when I find a t-shirt I like, I buy it in as many colors as I can. So now I have new ones in black, white, dark pink, chocolate brown, aqua, and teal. (You can never have too many t-shirts, especially living where it's so hot much of time.) The pants are mocha linen wide-legs, and then stone and olive cropped twills. The mocha ones are slightly dressy, the others very casual (though I could teach in them in hot weather with a more formal top).
Of course, as soon as I bought them, I walked throughout the rest of the store, saw other items, and instantly started thinking, Should I have bought these? They're cheap, but does that mean they're crappy and I'll regret it? Isn't it better to buy one or two really good things rather than a bunch of junk? They're basics, but are they so basic that they're boring? I like to think I look classic, but do I look like a suburban matron? Blah blah blah. Perfectionism - it's not just for academic work! Whenever I buy anything, I start agonizing over whether it's the "right" purchase or not - "right" being something that will go with everything I already own, be appropriate in every situation, make me look the perfect combination of sexy and professional (not to mention thin), and, of course, be comfortable and not require ironing or dry-cleaning. Yeah. Unrealistic much? Well, if I change my mind, I can always take them back.
PS - I forgot to add that I have been seized with the desire to dye my hair red. It's kind of streaky caramel/brown at the moment (the caramel parts are fake, in case you were wondering), and I'd been thinking about going back to my natural dark brown, maybe with an auburn tint. But suddenly I really want to go RED. Maybe not quite Carrot Top red, but I'm kind of inspired by Shaun White, Olympic snowboarder, AKA the Tomato.