Thank you for the birthday wishes, everyone! I had to run an errand at the local mall this morning, so I took advantage of the early hour and no crowds to do a little birthday shopping. And it makes it a VERY happy birthday to find things I like, that are ON SALE! So I bought a linen blouse (in brown) and a short-sleeved cardigan (in black) from Eddie Bauer for ~ $70 instead of ~ $110, and I bought two pairs of cropped pants at JJill (these, in black and stone) for $48!! (Total!) The Eddie Bauer stuff was cute and not ultra-cheap, just cheaper than it would be usually; but the pants were a total steal, especially since I have the hardest time finding pants I like. I'm trying to pare down my wardrobe (she says, having just bought more clothes) and only have things I really like that all pretty much go with each other, so I'm trying to go with simple classics, that kind of thing. The going-back-to-school thing is a bit weird, wardrobe-wise, because most of my closet consists of teaching clothes: many of these are a bit dressier than I'll probably enjoy wearing to class all day, but they're not quite dressy enough to be lawyer clothes (or perhaps a wee bit too boho). Anyway, finding clothes you like and that fit you is always a mood-booster.
Yet again, of course, I was confronted with the insanity that is the sizing of women's clothes - size [redacted] in one store fit fine but was too small in the next store and too big in the one after that. And even in the same store, I can try on three tops in the same size and one will be too big, one too small, and one juuuuuuust right. Craziness.
And I received a final birthday present - the scheduling of my gall bladder surgery: a week from Wednesday. Wheeee.