By Diane Ako
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.
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!