Monday, January 17, 2011

Temptation resisted & purchase made!

I’m at that wicked shopping mall again, (I gotta find somewhere else to get my fresh provisions!) and I manage to make it past that DVD store whose contents still beckon for their old friend to peruse the shelves in the hope that some of the shinny new packages full of promises of high quality distractions manage to grab my attention and find a new home with me!

Nearly at my destinations door, my eye is drawn to a little stall sporting sparkly sixty inspired shirts, with flowing fabric, tassels and funky colours that take me back to my Art School days…I am in love! “That would look awesome on you”, my companion remarks of the very summery pink number in my hands!

I am in love …and any other day, a non Compact Gratitude day,  I would take this baby home and promise to love it!

…but not today!

…I’m in the change room and I’ve got piles of bathers around me! I hate shopping for bathers, the image reflected in the mirror never matches the image projected from the clothes rack but here I am!

Yes, I have purposely arrived at this destination, Compact Gratitude pledge and all….Bathers I figure come under the ‘Hygiene rule’, so the next question is then, ‘do I need them?’ The answer to this may well be ‘No’, as I have a pair tucked away at home, their elastic is sound and their fabric still holds its weave and sports no holes but…..but the Christmas pork along with that few extra kilos of Danish still hanging with me from October have found this sound fabric falling short of covering all that it should!

I’m indecisive but find myself settling on the modest piece of fabric that promises a longer life, hoping this is the more Compact choice! This little number will find its way with me to my long planned first visit to Bali! Yes, you heard me, the Compact Gratitude chick is going to Bali next week and is not yet sure if she is prepared for all the shinny cheap new things and locals peddling their merchandise! AAAARRRRRRR!

I am grateful for bathers that fit.

I'm grateful for honest and down to earth sales chicks!

I'm grateful for will power and the lessons of my own addictions!


  1. You can do Bali and leave the new bits behind. Just tell yourself they would probably break, not last so money well saved. Something to be grateful for. Have a nice trip.

  2. Must've been difficult to resist the temptation of that cute little pink number! But ya did! In comparison it will be a cinch to resist the cheap imitation shiney stuff in Bali. Just don't let the hawkers get to you - they are very experienced! Have a lovely time.

  3. Bali was full of many temptations....and still I had a lovely time!