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Sugar rush shopping

May 23rd, 2012

I made an expensive mistake last weekend. I ordered a decadent Vietnamese French-press coffee with condensed milk- which I do so rarely, the last time I had this caloric a drink was years ago- then I went shopping. Bad move.

Freshly buzzing from the super strong caffeine that I'm not quite used to AND the sugar rush, I was on a high and I bought way too much - too much junk I don't need. I like to discard, not collect, so I am sure in another quarter, I'll have to do another house cleaning.

I was with Olivia, and she asked if we could buy a present for my mother for Mother's Day. I was near Ross, and I thought that was an excellent place to let a four year old go wild in picking out whatever she found.

My daughter is very girly, so she found pink feathery things in the hair accessory section straight away. She held up a pink hat with feathers and mesh; very royal wedding. "Cute!" I encouraged, and noticed an entire selection of fascinators.

As we combed through the racks, I became enchanted with a couple of pieces myself. What started as a gift for Popo morphed into the "one for you, one for me" style of shopping. I ended up getting three; one for each of us.

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I was still on my caffeine/sugar high, and we continued looking around the store. I'm usually pretty restrained, but I ended up buying: 4' tall mesh butterflies, a garden thermometer shaped like a frog, a floor mat, and more cupcake sprinkles even though I have eight other jars that are still full. None of it I needed. All of it I wanted, practicality be damned.

Seventy one dollars later, we left Ross. I think I also left my energy behind, because when I got home, I faded shortly thereafter for the rest of the afternoon. I was flat on my back on the sofa while Olivia played with the neighborhood kids outside (thank goodness for that.)

I don't quite have buyer's remorse, and certainly, the damage could be way worse if I were in a designer store - but I will certainly think twice before I combine an artificial high with a money-spending activity!

6 Responses to “Sugar rush shopping”

  1. sven:

    Love the stories!!

  2. kuunakanaka:

    aloha Diane:

    i like the part where u faded. i m going 2 miss the naps as my 3YO gets older...we don't have neighborhood kids outside.

  3. Kage:

    I like the Vietnamese coffee too. But like you the sugar gets me after I drink it. Not like you, I do not go shopping on my sugar rush. 😉

    Thanks for the story.

  4. Mike Hu:

    It's not the sugar rush.

    Splurging at Ross is a well-known phenomena. Even those noted for their frugality, like to go into Ross once or twice a year, and indulge themselves on the latest state-of-the-art products at liquidation prices. They have a easy return policy but surprisingly, even those things one buys on a whim and think they might return -- they realize they actually need in some primal way that fulfills unrealized needs -- if nothing else, just the whimsicality of such purchases.

    Because of the high cost of living in Hawaii, many of the people don't buy new things -- but always get other people's discards, which are not ideally suited for their own needs -- and many things are "given" away because they're just broken or defective, so people don't have any idea that things actually should and do work, rather than look like they should -- but are inoperable.

    So despite the fact that the cost of living is astronomical, people have few things they value and cherish, because all the money goes to paying the high salaries and benefits so that the chiefs can keep up with the Bill Gates of the world -- if they weren't "sacrificing" themselves for the keiki.

    So indulge yourself a few times a year as is your right and is healthy -- rather than developing that mentality of deprivation that leads to depravity -- in thinking only the "teachers" deserve everything they want.

  5. Manoa Mist:

    Diane you probably need to mellow out your high with some high-grade medical marijuana. But then you will definitely be eating a lot of those sprinkles...

  6. Ynaku:

    I too blame sugar for my erratic behavior 😆 Thn again it's noml for me.

    BTW thank you for you know what. Rodney Lee passed it on. One day 🙂

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