All right -- I'm even tireder than when I wrote that last entry, but I am in a somewhat better mood. I will try to fill in some of the gaps.
First, eating at Chipotle's was not my brightest move. I was quite swollen today, so I did something wrong somewhere (tomatoes? I hope not!!!). Anyway, even though I suffered through six days of that elimination diet, I'm scrapping it and I'm going to start it again when I get home and have better control of what I can eat and when and where. I'm going to cancel my doctor's appointment and give this a legitimate try and then reevaluate.
After class today (and this is a fabulous class -- I really like them SO much) I went to the West End mall. Nice mall -- Nordstrom's, Macy's, and JCPenney are the anchors. Maybe Dick's, too -- I mean, it's there so maybe they count it as an anchor.
Anyway, I like to shop at Macy's, so I thought I would see if I could find an Easter dress. I have not bought an Easter dress in more than a decade, so I was kind of excited to see what there was to see. Well...the pretty dresses right now are all sleeveless. Don't get me wrong -- I LOVE a nice sleeveless dress -- but not on me. I HATE my arms. My biggest regret at Alex's wedding was not keeping my wrap on for all of the pictures. I tried on a couple of dresses and found short jackets to wear over them, but I didn't really like them.
There is also a dearth of "pretty" out there. Muddy colors, lots of dark teals, purples, black, black, black -- where are the SPRING colors??? The EASTER, happy hues??? Anyway, I looked all through Macy's, found nada, went to Nordstrom's, found a dress that I almost bought (I liked it, did not love it -- and I really wanted to LOVE this dress), went to Penney's, found zilch. All that walking had my knees SCREAMING. Plus, it was mid-afternoon and the only thing in my stomach since the night before was a blue Monster (heaven -- the hotel where my students stay stocked my refrigerator with them -- THEY appreciate me!!!). So I was in pain, starving, unhappy with the clothes I was finding...
I went to Macaroni Grill and ordered a make-your-own pasta (whole wheat fettuccine with arrabiata sauce and roasted tomatoes, fresh spinach, and roasted mushrooms) and brought it back to the hotel where I was greeted by my messy room.
All of these things added together conspired to make me cranky and I gave in. I should not have given in, but I did and I apologize.
After I wrote my last post I closed my eyes to nap. Then I decided that was fatal. Instead, I got back into my car and drove to the Galleria where they have a Dillard's. Once again Dillard's did not fail me. I found a dress. It's a sundress (sleeveless) and it's white and black and sort of an acid green. Maybe that's the wrong color. Somewhere between spring green and acid green. It's very pretty. It has a fitted waist and a big, long black ribbon for a belt that you tie into a bow. It comes with a bright green little short sweater -- almost a shrug -- that you wear over it so your arms don't show. I really do like it, I think it looks spring-y, and I'm happy. I also bought a big green flower (a perfect match) to wear in my hair. I'm going to go online and find a very low-heeled dressy sandal (not a flat, but a very low heel) to wear with it (I could NOT shop anymore and if I buy a strappy enough sandal I can buy them without trying them on first).
Then I went by the grocery store and bought another half gallon of orange juice. I'd forgotten to get a drink with my lunch, so I was SO THIRSTY. I also bought some Easter candy for my students. :)
So that's it. Tomorrow my grand plan is to write. And sleep in. I'll post another chapter before I check out tonight.