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Fall Has Sprung? Fell?

Did you ever notice that there is no "spring has sprung" equivalent for fall?  I wonder why.  So what’s the word I want here?  Arrived?  That will work.   

So this weekend, fall has arrived here in the greater Philadelphia area. 

All of the sudden the
temperatures are cooler, and there is even a slight nip in the air. 
When I woke up this morning, it was so cold in the house that I
actually contemplated turning on the heater for a few minutes to take the chill
off. 

I might very well be the only person I know that is NOT excited
about this sudden change in the weather, even if it does signal the coming of such fun fall festivities as pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating and hayrides.

I am
so not ready for this.  You see, I detest the cold with a
passion usually reserved for pants with pleats and stewed prunes.  It’s not even the end of September yet!  It’s too early for fall weather.  Where’s my Indian Summer????

I actually had to climb up into the attic this morning (brrrr . . . ) to find
winter clothes for the kids to wear to church.  Fortunately R has a
whole plastic bin full of adorable size 2T winter clothes, compliments of
her big sister.  And D can still wear some of his clothes from last year.  But
C is in desperate need of a new wardrobe.  She said to me this morning
as we tried to find her something presentable to wear to church,
"Mommy, I don’t have anything to wear!"  Four going on twenty-four, that’s what she is.  It starts young, my friends.

Believe it or not, she speaks the truth.  We found something
from last winter that she could get away with for today, but I have a
fun task ahead of me this week.  I can actually justify shopping for
clothes.  Even her new school skirts have only short-sleeved counterparts at the moment. 

Of course, I will try to purchase only what she needs and keep my purchases in a certain price-range out of respect for our No Frivolous Spending policy.  Which, I must tell you, I have been honoring with the utmost restraint.

The only cheat I made this week was when I purchased the fun fall printed Bounty paper towels instead of the 8-pack of plain ol’ boring white Bounty paper towels that were on sale.  I knew I should just buy the plain ol’ white ones, but I just love the fall prints.  So I splurged, I’m ashamed to tell you.  I hope you can overlook this momentary lapse of judgment and still be my friend.

But. 

When I was at the eye doctor last week, I found some adorable new frames I fell in love with, and a month ago, I would have bought them in a second.  However.  I was the model of self-control, and I told the doctor to just replace the lenses in my old frames instead. 

Then.

When I was at the hairdresser on Wednesday, I so desperately wanted to get highlights put in my hair.  I’ve been wanting highlights forever, but I’m always afraid to try them because my hair is so dark.  But this week I found myself feeling very reckless and adventurous (as is evidenced by the haircut itself) and would have done the highlights in a second.  Except.  I knew there was no way I could justify highlights as a necessary expense.  So, once again, I gathered up every ounce of willpower I could muster and Just Said No to highlights.  For now.  Come January, I can’t make you any promises.

Oh, there was one other thing.  Last night I had a party to go to and I so wanted something new to wear.  The Ann Taylor Loft at the mall was serenading me from afar.  But I was not to be deterred.  I managed to find something to wear from my very own closet.  Tell me you’re proud of me.  It really is a profound achievement for a chronic shopoholic.

Okay, well, that’s my weekend update.  I will be answering more Q&A tomorrow, as well as having a fun giveaway.  So yall be sure to come back now, ya hear?

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21 thoughts on “Fall Has Sprung? Fell?

  1. Aw, I am so very proud of you. It is HARD to have that much restraint! And I love little-girl clothes shopping. Try Children’s Place – they always have GREAT sales.

  2. I love Indian Summer weather, too. Today in Southern New England it was beautiful. But later this week is supposed to be 80 degrees! I’ll take it, though, because come February I’ll be complaining about the cold weather incessantly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  3. I love Indian Summer weather, too. Today in Southern New England it was beautiful. But later this week is supposed to be 80 degrees! I’ll take it, though, because come February I’ll be complaining about the cold weather incessantly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  4. I love Indian Summer weather, too. Today in Southern New England it was beautiful. But later this week is supposed to be 80 degrees! I’ll take it, though, because come February I’ll be complaining about the cold weather incessantly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  5. I love Indian Summer weather, too. Today in Southern New England it was beautiful. But later this week is supposed to be 80 degrees! I’ll take it, though, because come February I’ll be complaining about the cold weather incessantly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  6. I love Indian Summer weather, too. Today in Southern New England it was beautiful. But later this week is supposed to be 80 degrees! I’ll take it, though, because come February I’ll be complaining about the cold weather incessantly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  7. I love Indian Summer weather, too. Today in Southern New England it was beautiful. But later this week is supposed to be 80 degrees! I’ll take it, though, because come February I’ll be complaining about the cold weather incessantly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  8. I love Indian Summer weather, too. Today in Southern New England it was beautiful. But later this week is supposed to be 80 degrees! I’ll take it, though, because come February I’ll be complaining about the cold weather incessantly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  9. I love Indian Summer weather, too. Today in Southern New England it was beautiful. But later this week is supposed to be 80 degrees! I’ll take it, though, because come February I’ll be complaining about the cold weather incessantly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  10. I love Indian Summer weather, too. Today in Southern New England it was beautiful. But later this week is supposed to be 80 degrees! I’ll take it, though, because come February I’ll be complaining about the cold weather incessantly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  11. You rock! Way to resist. I have failed in that department this week. Oh well, I blame it on Husband being gone for 3 1/2 days. Down in TX we’re still kicking it in our sundresses and sandals. Try not to be jealous.

  12. Not me, I love the fall! Coming from Alabama where it’s hard to breathe outside during the summer…..I love this weather. I love being able to open my windows, see kids playing in the neighborhood, football, light jackets, and everything that comes with it. LOVE IT!

  13. You are doing great with the spending thing! I totally would’ve done the highlights!

    Fall catches me off-guard every year. I still have to get to the daunting task of getting out the fall clothes. My problem is that we still need some summer clothes for those days that do not want to conform to the new weather patterns.

    Anyway, happy fall!

  14. Right there with you ! Learning to be content and find happiness with what you have is a struggle. Of course, this is coming from someone who was at Ann Taylor Loft and bought some new trouser jeans. Why ? Because I am 5″10 and for the first time EVER they had jeans long enough. And also I had my 25.00 off a 50.00 purchase card. And also because I used my allotted (I hate the word allowance, but that is what it is) spending money for the week. But alas, I had NO frivolous spending at SuperTarget. And that is a feat.

  15. I’m proud of you too! We’re on a tight budget right now but since our adoption is so close I want SO BADLY to buy cute stuff. Even a trip to Target, I want it soooo badly. But I have to restrain myself and be content with what we already have, which is of course just fine. But, oh! The temptation to shop!!!

  16. How about “Fall has Fallen”. Which kind of doesn’t make sense, but eh. ๐Ÿ™‚ Though “Fall has Fallen into Existence” helps.

    Well, I’m on the opposite side of the coin as you, I love fall and I love colder temperatures.

    I want highlights too! I’m going to go to my local TiGi Beauty Academy to get them. I got one the best spiral perms from there this past May.
    But darnit… Highlights definitely beckon me. I have naturally blond hair (Medium-ish) and I’ve been trying to decide if I might like reddish blond highlights in the front.

    I tried to get new glasses recently, but they couldn’t get the lenses right. I yearn for new frames, I’ve had these for almost 4 years now. Time for CHANGE!
    But that will have to wait a little bit I suppose.

    I’m feeling rambly tonight.

  17. Good move on steering clear of the highlights- they’re expensive, and then you either have to live with them growing out, or keep having them redone! And I feel your shopoholic ways! I have to avoid carrying cash altogether or else the next thing I know it’s all gone, and I have NO idea what I spent it on!

  18. Way to keep your focus! It’s not always easy to hang on to that will power. I’m with you on the cold weather. I HATE HATE HATE winter! Stay warm.

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