I am about to embark on an adventure of epic proportions. Where my strength and self esteem will be tested. An adventure where I will be tempted to settle for less then the best, and endure, er, pay more then what I bargained for.
Yes ladies and gentlemen...I am going jean shopping.
A few years ago I hit the proverbial jean jackpot. I was in the right store at the right time when they had a massive Sevens sale and I bought three pair. That mixed with the four pairs of jeans I already owned had me set for awhile. Since I hate jean shopping, I have not bought another pair of jeans since.
Sadly about a week ago I was putting on my favorite pair and I noticed a hole...an unfixable hole. (I mean I guess for me an unfixable hole means I don't live with my mother anymore thus nobody can fix it, but whatever.) We all know that feeling, right ladies? When your favorite pair of jeans dies and untimely death? It was devastating. I cried for days. Okay I'm totally kidding I did not really cry, but the creation of the hole did have me step back and take a look at my current jean inventory. With the death of my favorite I now own only three pairs, having given some away to charity after determining they made my feel fat. The left over three are pretty shoddy, lacking shape, color, and most importantly suffering from saggy butt syndrome and frayed bottoms.
So off I went during my lunch yesterday to do some jean shopping. My goal? To find a structured pair of jeans in a dark color that fits me like a glove and does not cost an arm and a leg. About 8 months ago I found a pair I loved at Express, but made the epic mistake of not buying them. Upon returning to the store yesterday I could not find the same style.
Thus, I am at an impasse. So I thought I would ask all of you before I embark on what is likely going to make me depressed for a good solid week- what is your FAVORITE pair of jeans? Is there a brand you just LOVE? A wash you can't live without? A style that is perfection? A store that carries the best?
I am really dreading this whole experience so I figured if I could just focus on the right stores I might have better luck.
In other news, upon buying the necessary materials for the potato skins last week I managed to buy way too many potatoes. Not really knowing what I was going to do with them I left them in the upper part of our cabinets where they were sure to die a slow, rotting death. Yet true to form Dan came to the rescue and made the most amazing twice baked potatoes via the Pioneer Women last night.
Dan is a little uneasy with cooking her recipes because, as he says, "they are for the pioneer WOMEN not the pioneer MAN." Thus he likes to cook them "the manly way" which really just means he uses his bare hands to hold the hot potatoes while slicing, causing little manly blisters to form on his fingertips shortly thereafter.
Now I must say, with this recipe in particular, we are lucky we did not die on the spot of clogged arteries to the heart as these bad boys are SO not good for you. But oh they are kind of like eating a little slice of heaven! I am sure the added inch they brought to my waistline is going to be super great while jean shopping.