There's a commercial currently running on the boob tube with Dennis Haysbert. I think it's for an insurance company. There's a a bit where he narrates something like, "Will this be known as the Great Recession? or the recession that made us great?" I love that ad. I'm very curious about how people respond to tragedy and difficult times. Do they get irretrievably broken, or stronger?
I know my spending habits have been forever changed by this recession. I will never spend as recklessly as I have in the past. I had already stopped using my credit cards for retail therapy by the time I lost my job, using them infrequently and paying off the balances every month.
After I found out about the job loss, I drew in and stopped spending on frivolous things. I cook dinner almost every night and we go out to eat perhaps once a week. I stopped buying DVD's and books and downloading whatever I wanted from iTunes.
In November, during which I lost enough weight to necessitate the purchase of a pair of jeans, I bought a cheap pair from Kohl's. Generally, I buy my church clothes at Talbot's and my casual clothing from L.L. Bean or Lands End. Almost without fail, the clothes from these places last. I still have the first turtleneck I bought from L.L. Bean back in 1986. That was in the days when you would fill out an order form, write a check and snail mail it to the company. I still wear that turtleneck.
Well, my jeans from Kohl's already---already!--have two holes on the backside.
So, I'm going to do what I've never done before: patch them.
I just can't bring myself to toss them. I'm living in a new kind of austerity, so those jeans will be patched, probably very badly, since I'm no Suzy Homemaker, and worn for many more months.
Until I lose more weight. Then, I might just spring for some L.L. Bean mom jeans.