Tuesday, January 24, 2012
My Last Day
I start my new job tomorrow - YAY! I really do wish I could have had a couple of days between jobs, but I couldn't. On my first day at the new job, there is a big meeting in the afternoon. I talked with my new boss yesterday and told her I had a strange and somewhat awkward question to ask her. "Do I need to wear a suit to this meeting?" And when she paused, I knew the answer. She said "well, not really a suit, but you do need to have a jacket on..." I thought of the four suits in my closet that I really can't wear comfortably right now - I have been stress eating for a month or so now and it is not pretty. I thought of the one that IS comfortable and I hate. I don't have a jacket that doesn't belong to a suit. I don't have a jacket that is comfortable.
So, guess what I did? You are right, I went shopping. I went to a store that I knew was having a huge sale. And I got $980. worth of clothing (if you believe that the first price on the tag what it's worth) for $266. Three jackets and four blouses. I counted the pairs of black pants in my closet last week - 10 pairs. I have two black skirts. One grey skirt. A couple of skirts with prints on them. Three pairs of brown pants. Two grey pairs of pants. Etc. I bought a pair of "downtown" shoes last week. They are flat but fancy!
So I have something new to wear to Governing Body this morning. And something new for my first day of my new job. And I got a manicure over the weekend with "gel" polish - which looks great and is supposed to last for 3 weeks!
I love wearing new clothes and it really does help me feel more confident.
My father was a bit of a clothes horse and used to stress to us kids that we had to "wear the uniform." And that meant that you needed to dress appropriately for the occasion. If it was a job interview for a suit kind of job, you wore a suit. If it was a casual occasion, you wore casual clothes. He stressed that there was no reason to start out a situation with a strike against you just because you aren't dressed properly.
Oh, I am a bit of a fanatic, I know that. But I do know myself and know that this is how I am.
Thanks for listening to this bit of fluff about clothes. It is easier to think about that than how momentous this day is.
Please God, be with me today and help me to be an asset wherever you take me. I think that will probably involve me staying sober all day today and I hope you too.