Okay, show of hands – and let’s be honest here! – who thinks piano recitals are really boring? Sadly, even the best of them (like the one we went to last night) leave plenty of time for the mind to wander. That is, if one can stay awake.
Now, I don’t know where you go when your mind wanders, but I’ll tell you what I came up with during last night’s recital: a month by month plan of outfits to purchase. Not that I’ll necessarily hold myself to this structure, but it was an interesting diversion. The “thought train” went something like this:
what if my budget were large enough to buy a new outfit every month?
I still wouldn’t be able to buy just anything I wanted.
It makes The Budget Fashionista’s $200 per month look right reasonable!
And then I went on to try to create a month by month shopping plan to reflect my lifestyle pie chart. Here’s what I came up with:
- February: Spring leisure outfit
- March: a daytime dress (BTW, March is the perfect time to buy a dress. At no other time in the year will the selection be better.)
- April: Spring/Summer smart casual ensemble
- May: Summer leisure outfit
- July: stock up on basics (unmentionables) 😉
- August: Fall leisure outfit
- September: suit (business)
- October: Fall/Winter smart casual ensemble
- November: holiday social
Then, for the duration of the recital, I sat there and tried to figure out what the gaping holes in this plan were. And whether I could buy a whole outfit on my budget of $45/ month (probably not). And whether I should put “extra sweaters and warm gear” in January, or coats or underwear, and how often I realistically need a new swimsuit, and how it’s probably better, if this were a realistic plan, to just leave December empty.
Speaking of a realistic plan, here’s an idea for transforming a stressful recital evening into family fun:
after the performance, since we were all kinda dressed up anyway, we took the ladies for dessert at a restaurant which is far too expensive for a family dinner. We had the vanilla burnt cream along with a gorgeous view of the river.
So even if the month by month shopping plan is a miss, the dessert was a hit!