Saturday, August 19, 2006

Back to School Shopping Day 1

Yes, today is the day I have been dreading with every fiber of my being-Back to School shopping Day 1. Early start for us, no. Mike is doing some leaflet distribution this morning for a few hours, the pool is an utter and complete mess, no one has been in it for a week, no one emptied the filter cup, no one skimmed it and no one vacuumed it-of course that no one is me, but anyway...

This afternoon we will head out. It will be fast, furious and futile-I already know. Not a negative attitude, but I am starting with a daughter who hates it, a husband who hates it and me-bad combo. I was lamenting to my mom the other day and she had her common answer "Been there, done that", but she really hadn't in a sense. First off, I went to Catholic school for grades 1-4, which meant uniforms. Measurements were taken in July and the uniforms were then delivered. Yes, I had to get playclothes, but we went to Marco's Children's Store for everything and I tried on, tried on and they bought. Simple as that. Shoes were purchased at Buster Brown and that was that. The children's store was expensive and stuffy, but again, my birthday was September 1st and my gifts from my grandparents and aunts was always the same, money for school shopping. They gave my mother the money in July-so money was never an object because, well, it was mine and used specifically for school shopping-which kinda sucked. When I went to public school in 5th grade, things were different. First off, there were a lot less stores to chose from. Items purchased were from Copper Rivet and consisted of Levi's and Emporium Hip Huggers. My mother, who refused to buy shoes from anyplace but Allen's/Buster Brown, were purchased at the one place. No running around looking all over-one stop shopping. By the time my brother came along, she just ordered Toughskins from Sears when he was little.

There are no longer too many specialty shops and what ones there are, I refused to spend $60 on one outfit for my daughter. She's 6 1/2 for goodness sake! I usually get clothes at Kohl's (Skechers and other stuff), Target (undies, socks and some tops and maybe a pair of jeans) and Old Navy (shirts for Elena, I hate the way their jeans fit). Occasionally I will go to Sears and check out their Skechers, but their clothing sizes seem to differ from the others and I have trouble finding stuff that fits. Backpack and lunch bag-well, wherever I find one. Last year it was Marshalls. See, too many choices of stores, not enough selections in any of them. I need to find some sort of casual shoes too, plus she needs a pair of black dress shoes for the cruise-at least the dress shoes can wait. I completely forgot, until Susana reminded me, Elena needs her new glasses for school too. Her eye exam is next Friday and I will be ordering the glasses on Saturday. I would do Lenscrafters and have them done immediately, but she found a pair at Sears a few months back she "has to have" and so to Sears we will go. Again, too many places to choose from.

I also have to keep all the summer clothing out for the cruise at the end of September-which means no closet or drawer space and not enough hangers.

I didn't even mention that not one pair of jeans I own fit me anymore. The tops I can get by with being a little big, but the bottoms are so big, they don't stay up even with a belt. I also need dresses for the cruise because of the same problem. I don't want to spend the money now because of back to school stuff for Elena, but the selection has slimmed down tremendously and I have a feeling, I will be left with crap as it is and can't imagine what will happen in September. Even worse is that if I start subbing, I will need some sort of pants to wear to teach-I can't wear my undies alone now can I?

I'm already fed up and tired and I haven't even showered yet to go :P. The other dilemma-money, this all takes money and no, Elena doesn't get school shopping money from any relatives, so sorry mom, you haven't "been there and done that"-ugh, it's not even 10:30 AM and I am in a tizzy.

I still haven't postponed the beach yet, can't get a hold of my brother or my mother. There are still two weeks left of the summer and if next week is bad for the beach I'll go Labor Day weekend, I don't care. I could care less, it's for Elena to go since I was the bad mom and didn't take her once this summer. Oh, and my brother's birthday is today (yes, he got school shopping money too and it sucked for him too-I swear my parents planned it this way) and I haven't bought him a gift and am clueless to what he needs/wants. He has a great job, buys whatever he wants, etc. I think I am just going to bang my head into the wall for a while.

I have really been bad about the crafty things on this blog lately, school starts soon and more crafty items will be displayed and less whining, moaning and groaning will probably go on her, probably.

9 comments:

Sarah Jane said...

Ugh. You've reminded me that I need to go back-to-teaching-shopping. No more loafing around in pj bottoms all day. Trust me, I'm sure I hate it just as much as you and Elena do. I don't try on clothes to this day because of a deep hatred of going school shopping with my Grandma.

Bron said...

Not much to say but, yuck! I can sympathize. The pisser about back to school for my boys is the incredible, continually growing list of supplies they need. Every day, something new for a new class. And, of course, everything HAS to be brought in the next day! Grrrr!

I haven't even added up the clothing costs - they both need uniform shirts (polos) and the cheapest are $10.00 at Wal-Mart since both take men's large. I bought Dylan 8...Colin had a couple new ones & Dylan's old ones from last year...then there were new shorts from Target for both...new shoes 'cause they'd outgrown them....

I'm shutting up now 'cause I'm depressing myself. Sigh.

Pink said...

That really does sound like a chore...hopefully you'll find something to laugh about or enjoy while your are out and about...good luck!

halfjackd said...

Ugh...I hated school shopping when I was a kid. Mainly because my mom bought whatever was at the thrift store that would fit us. Desperate times...

I hated it even more when I was shopping for our foster kid. She was such a sweetheart and appreciated everything, but my respect for what it takes to clothe a child went up tenfold when I realized what a pain in the ass it is!

Hope you come out unscathed.

Wendy said...

I am so happy I did all of mine online. I do not look forward going and trying stuff on. Good luck!

Jewels said...

I think I'd be in a tizzy with all that too!! I cant bear shopping for clothes or trying them on.

Jewels said...

I meant bare :(

Brandy said...

I did the back to school shopping with my kids a couple of weeks ago and it went over all pretty good. I did veto a couple of things my daughter picked out, but for the most part a ok. I will be glad when school starts more time for more things. Have a great weekend.

Susana said...

I don't know about your area but around here JC Penneys is having a kids package sale for glasses - $79 for any frame under $100, including scratch-free lenses and 1-year warranty. That's where I'm heading.

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