retail therapy

August 26, 2010

rough night
last night was a bit rough. we were actually both on home call, and i think ONE of our pagers went off every hour or so, or at least that’s how josh described it. somehow i seem to be able recognize my own pager’s ring and wake up to that and not his (which is good, because i wouldn’t be a very good responder to ‘mr. x’s wound just dehisced’).

my least favorite conversation of the night was from a parent whose kid’s glucometer had broken during the day; after calling about it at 9 pm, she was screaming at me because i could not just make a new one materialize at her home in thin air (of course, any drugstore sells them . . . but apparently she had no $ to buy one). to be honest, i am confident that half of the diabetics we take care of go many nights with no glucometer action whatsoever, and generally manage to live until morning (home glucometers are an invention of just the last couple of decades, after all!).

ANYWAY. it was just a frustrating evening. so this morning, i went and bought myself a bunch of pens. some people eat too much, others seek solace in alcohol — i buy pens.

and then apparently i blog about it. what can i say?

what i really wanted
although what i really wanted was this:

southward stop shirtdress, by maeve
i went for pens instead for two reasons:

✔ i have decided that i really want to go through my wardrobe with a critical eye before i buy anything for fall, and then go about my shopping strategically. i think my closet is turning into a collection of random ‘finds’ that don’t go together that well and aren’t always the most practical. i think i will see if my sister will serve as official consultant to help me figure out what to keep, what to throw away, and what actually makes sense to shop for – and when i do, of course i’ll write about it!

✔ i want this to happen, and when it does, i guess i’ll (temporarily, or at least i hope that will be the case) need a whole new wardrobe. so perhaps buying yet another fitted shirtdress probably isn’t the smartest move? as much as i hate to admit it, probably not.

it really is pretty, though.



workout: rest day

cop-out: i could have easily cooked yesterday, but i just.didn’ rather than berate myself (because what’s the point?) i am going to be okay with the fact that i ordered relatively healthy and cost-effective takeout from red lotus.

i’m sure there was more oil used in this shrimp with ginger sauce and tofu buddha delight than i would cook with at home. but there were vegetables aplenty, and red lotus has brown rice, which i appreciate.

studying: yes, it’s official — i am behind in my board prep plan. maybe my new pens will help motivate!?


  • Reply lee March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    That&#39s too funny that buying pens is your form of retail therapy.

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    i need to start watching my wardrobe too. ive been buying lots of finds lately which makes for a not so very cohesive wardrobe. AND i have a disproportionate amount of things like going-out dresses to work clothes. ugh. why am i such a sucker for un-practical clothes?! 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Sorry about the crazy night. I think about that same issue with clothing, too. I have some pants that are too big now, but I decided to stash them away for future maternity wear.

  • Reply Marlow March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Eesh on the crazy night!! I wish I just bought pens when I was having a hard day! I buy cookbooks…useful but expensive!! 🙂

  • Reply Becky March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    My mom does the same thing with pens. We have a house full of &#39em. We also have a rainbow collection of Sharpies. You just never know when you need a lime green permanent marker. Hope today is better!

  • Reply Michelle March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    After dealing with that crazy night you definitely deserved those pens, probably the anthro dress too, but way to go on restraint 🙂

  • Reply Lacey March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    You have such great style. I look forward to seeing the pieces you&#39ve got stashed in your wardrobe. Hope tonight is more relaxed.

  • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    haya: i FORGOT how good japanese candy is!

    MM: yep my out clothes:work clothes ratio isn&#39t so great either

    chelsea: that is smart! i don&#39t really have any too big clothes (i have been essentially similar size since HS . . .) but if i did i would do the same.

    marlow: ooh that&#39s a good idea, don&#39t tempt me. . .

    becky: HA. i always wondered about those colored permanent markers!

    michelle: aww thanks!

    lacey: that is a huge compliment coming from you!!!

  • Reply Jess March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    I also want you to need a new wardrobe. I will live precariously through you!

  • Reply Julie March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    This isn&#39t really pager drama but something I know you&#39ll appreciate: So, this afternoon I made a special trip to the hospital for a consult and once there discovered a pt on my list who they consulted me on yesterday but it never got called to me. Turns out its a super complex consult. Well, normally this would have thrown me into a fit. What do I do now? I didn&#39t plan on this! Easily 90 minutes of unexpected work tacked on to the end of the day. Well, thanks to you and Ms. Rubin I stopped, regrouped, realized that it wasn&#39t that big a deal and wasn&#39t keeping me from anything super important and this person really needed my help. And it all turned out well. So thanks to you for your zen reminders!!

  • Reply HangryPants March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    The last time I bought school supplies, well the last time I though I was going to buy school supplies before my third year of law school, I got pastel gel pens. They rocked my world.

  • Reply Claire March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I hate having to buy pens…the free ones from the pharm reps were the BEST!!! 🙂 When I was on neuro service, the fellow had a mom page him at 2 AM (yes, 2am) to tell him that her child&#39s ACTH had come in…I am SURE that she called him as soon as it arrived because we know that UPS/FedEx, etc. deliver at 2am! HA! He was not very happy. 🙂

  • Reply suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    retail therapy actually does work… those look like lovely pens for note taking and letter writing. 🙂

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