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Sometimes self-care means carrying the right purse.

My big slouchy green one looks good and holds a lot. But it strains my shoulder and most likely throws my posture clear off. I’m sure my massage therapist can tell when I’ve been carrying it. I’m feeling it, so it’s time to switch.

My little red cross-body looks good too, except that it’s kinda worn. I’ve resewn it myself where the zipper started to pull loose. It’s much kinder to my posture and doesn’t put all that stress on my shoulder, especially since it’s lighter. That’s because it won’t hold much. Neither sunglasses nor hairbrush fits. My house keys make it bulge, and my business cards are going to end up dog-eared and dirty from being crammed in.

The answer seems to be a crossbody just a tad bigger that looks decent. Think I can find one at a resale shop?

I don’t want to carry baggage, unnecessary weight. Yet I don’t want to feel cramped either. And I for sure want to stand up straight. Such is life.

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You know you’re thrifty when….

You go to Kohl’s to return a gift and shop with a gift card, and you leave with one sweater from the 80% off rack, marked down another 15%, and the rest of the money left unspent.

You iron the tissue paper you get in gift bags and stash it in your gift wrap box to reuse.

You make your own laundry soap.

You have made crackers — even if you then decided they are not worth the effort or the mess. Hey, you’re not fanatical.

The wardrobe that recently was complimented as classy is composed of things you’ve worn for years, thrift shop and deep clearance rack finds (see above sweater), hand-me-downs from wealthier friends, items you make yourself, and here and there a new piece or accessory.

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I got a diary when I was nine. I wrote in it every day, religiously. Some days I had things to say. When I didn’t, I wrote, “Today was just a plain ordinary day.” Over and over I wrote that. For years I have internalized that my life is plain and ordinary and not worth anyone being interested in it or paying attention at all.

So here’s a plain ordinary day: today. First day of my 3-day weekend. If no one else is interested, that’s okay. It’s been a good day for me.

Slow start. Therapist appointment at 10:15. Fifty minutes is never long enough, but I’m so very grateful for the wise, caring woman who is walking with me through these healing times. Then some shopping.

Scored at Penney’s: tank tops for $5 so I got 4 in different colors–brown, green, coral, and teal. Found another sleeveless top marked down from $22 to $10, only they didn’t have my size in the color I wanted, so they ordered it for me. No shipping costs if I pick it up at the store. Then I spotted a red purse/tote that started life at $70, now marked down 80% to $13 something, which put me over the $25 line for today’s deal of $10 back (orders apparently don’t count), so really I got that bag for $3. Penney’s, you made my frugal heart hum.

Next stop: Target. I am coming up on a trip, and I’m sick of fighting with and, all right, embarrassed by my suitcase that has both feet broken off, so that when you’re not wheeling it, you have to either keep holding on to it, or turn it on its side, or it falls over. Thank you, airlines. Target’s luggage shelves were woefully depleted today. I am not paying $100 for something I use twice a year.  And something about the bedbug epidemic we keep reading about turns me completely off buying one used. Sigh.

Then to Staples, because I had a 20% off coupon and I need more daily pages for my Day Timer. Yes, I still use a Day Timer. I don’t keep my calendar and all my directory in my phone. Yet. All I do on my phone is talk and text. Oh, and it’s my alarm clock. Anyway, turns out Staples only has packages of the whole year’s daily pages, dated–for 2012. It’s July 2, people. How many of those are you selling now? So I got a small pack of different layout daily pages from one of Day Timer’s competitors for $7. Also found a $1 thingy to fill with water to wet envelope glue. I will put my name on it — “Walk away from Carol’s desk with this at your own risk!” With the coupon, the two cost me all of $5.65.

I was carrying around a 6-foot long piece of wire shelving in my car, so I stopped at Lowe’s next. I bought the shelf there a couple of weeks ago. I had had them cut it, because it only came in 8- and 4-foot lengths, but when I had tried to put it in my closet, it became clear that it needed to be an inch shorter in order to get in and pushed down in place. So, I hauled it in and asked them to cut off that inch. They very nicely did it, even if I didn’t have the receipt. I had to wonder if the employee who did the cutting was an alcoholic, because of his distended abdomen and his face. But he was helpful. Then I picked up two of those hose-type things that attached to your downspouts and carry rain runoff into the yard..

Two more stops. First Bullard’s Farm Market. Fresh blueberries and a zucchini–perfect! Then around the corner to Video Visions because this seems like a good weekend to rent a movie. Yes, I still go to the video store, or I did, because I wanted to support a local business, but this morning their sign is gone and the store is barren. Such nice people. I hope they’re okay. I guess it’s time to subscribe to Netflix, or at least to find out if my internet connection is fast enough to enjoy downloaded movies. Can’t stand that stuttery garbage.

You may be thinking, “Like fun she wants to support local business. She’s shopping at Penney’s and Target and Staples and Lowes.” I wish I could afford to shop at the one local women’s clothing store I’m aware of, but they’re outta my league. The other places — yeah, I didn’t try real hard to find local alternatives.

Lunch at 2:00 was half a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, and crackers with the little bit of Swiss cheese I had left. Checked Facebook, because at the nonprofit where I work we’ve just launched our first attempt at social media fundraising with Causes.  (If you’re interested, check out “Help Feed a Family of Four for a Week.”) Then I finished a post for our agency blog about a local singer who’s planning a benefit concert for us. Yeah, I know, this is work. And there’s more of it to do. It’s a 3-day weekend with work scattered through it. I like my work, and I’m not one to compartmentalize, but still I keep trying to draw better boundaries.

The shelf now fits where it’s supposed to be. It’s up and half full.  Thank you, Lowe’s, for your customer service.

It’s been a good day. And logging it here is a growth step for me. That might not make sense to anyone but me, but that’s okay.

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