I went to the bookstore.
I know, I know, enough said. But today I was really bad. I'm usually pretty bad, but not THIS bad. I actually went with good intentions. Two students with transportation issues wanted to take part in an optional class project involving the reading of The Giver (Lois Lowry), so they gave me their money and I purchased their books for them.
But then I browsed. And I browsed some more. And I almost managed to walk out with nothing but the books for my students, but just as I rounded the corner to approach the cash register, I REMEMBERED! I remembered that I wanted that damn Miranda July book (No One Belongs Here More Than You). In hardcover.
So I bought it.
And after I finished fondling it, as I was still standing near the shelves, I saw another book that I wanted a few years ago when it was shortlisted for the Booker prize, and then I forgot about it for a few more years, but miraculously remembered when I saw the title. And then I saw the cover, and it was beauuuutiful, and I picked it up. And that was the end. It was mine (The Electric Michelangelo, by Sarah Hall).
And then they tempted me with cheap bookmarks! ($1 a piece.)
And my lips were chapped!!! I had to have a tube of Burt's Bees since I've been out of it for a while.
And then the associate at the register mistakenly rang me up as a Millionaire's Club Card member and I got to see ALL THE MIRACULOUS SAVINGS!!! So I actually did get a Millionaire's Club Card in the end because I really did want the miraculous savings.
And by the end, I'd spent $13 of my students' money and....
$50.00 of my own.
But, the good news is that I got my first *real* paycheck yesterday with ALL of my toil on it (unlike the first measly check), so I actually did have money to spend. Nevermind the fact that I need to purchase a plane ticket to Texas in the next day or so so I can go see my mom for a week at Christmas. And nevermind the fact that I owe some loan money. Or the fact that I'm going to Memphis October 31-November 2.
But I got a tote bag free with my purchase!!!