@theotherginger That makes me feel a little bit better and like I might have some luck finding stuff since I'm in that in-between area, size-wise. I am smaller on top, but I'm also busty, so that's ANOTHER challenge. Sigh. But I will say that in most stores, I always find tops that will fit me. It's pants I have problems with. Thank you for the advice!
@theotherginger I wanted to vent AND get advice. :) I also live in the midwest, in Chicago. I've always been hesitant about thrift stores because I tend to view them as places where only people who wear smaller sizes can find stuff. (I'm also on the upper end of standard sizes; I wear a 16 in most brands.)
@Lily Rowan It's especially frustrating when stores' sizes stop at the smaller of the two sizes I'm between, so if that one doesn't fit, oh well, no pants for me.
@LookUponMyWorks Ugh, the absolute worst.
@Allison That's a good idea!
@Allison I usually take a big suitcase, especially when I go to visit family because they end up sending me home with lots of things. Plus I was once late for a flight because the Blue Line was delayed -- which, I mean, the Blue Line is almost always experiencing some kind of delay, but this was a big one -- and I never want to go through that again. It's been really smooth getting to the airport via cab or Uber. I'm always taking flights that are two hours or less, and I try to eat at home before I leave so I'm not hungry. If I'm starving, though, I've bought food at the airport because there's really nothing worse than sitting on a plane with a growling stomach, not knowing when you'll be able to eat. I always forget my water bottle at home! I have a reusable water bottle I use at work and it'd be so useful if I could remember to take it when traveling.
Saturday, I returned some stuff I bought online for a $230 refund. The pants didn't fit, and I'm kind of glad they didn't because I can really use that refund money, haha. I wandered around the mall, looking for a new pair of jeans, but I'm in the weird zone between regular and plus size, so everything was terrible and I went home after my three-hour shopping adventure feeling kind of bummed out. On the way home, I spent $3 at Starbucks, but that was on a gift card. Sunday, I stayed home and worked on some writing. I also got a SUDDEN AND INTENSE CRAVING for Pizza Hut breadsticks, which I haven't had in years. There was a deal to get pizza and breadsticks, so I bought it. (Me, rationalizing spending $17, including tax, tip, and delivery fee on pizza and breadsticks: "This will feed me all week!" And it will.) I estimated $15, so I did pretty well.
I'm exactly like Mike with this stuff, especially with water and food at the airport (both personally and when I'm expensing stuff). I went on a business trip in July and had so much expense guilt, but I took a cab because the one luxury I allow myself when traveling now is a cab or Uber to and from the airport. I used to take the CTA to O'Hare when I first moved to Chicago, lugging a heavy suitcase with me to do a bus to train transfer, and I'd arrive at the airport incredibly stressed. I was like, "OH GOD MY SUITCASE IS IN THE WAY OF EVERYONE ON THIS BUS AND NOW I HAVE TO STAND ON THE BLUE LINE BUT HEY I'M ONLY PAYING $2.25!" It was terrible and not worth it. I'd rather pay $20 for an Uber to the airport and arrive faster and not stressed out.
I went to visit my family in Pennsylvania last weekend and flew home on Monday. It was a good visit, but jam-packed with lots of activities, so I've been really tired this week at work. I'm looking forward to just relaxing at home, so I don't have any plans at the moment. I took care of grocery shopping yesterday after work (I hadn't gone shopping in almost two weeks), so I don't even have any errands to run. I'm going to hope for a cheap weekend and estimate $15 because I'll probably end up writing at Starbucks or stopping at Walgreens for something I forgot to buy yesterday. I also don't want to spend too much because I've spent a lot on new clothes lately (like $200), but I really needed new pants. They were on sale, though!
My one thing is to pack my suitcase! I'm going to visit my family in Pennsylvania this weekend. I also have laundry and some other chores to get done before I leave tomorrow afternoon.