Tuesday, April 21, 2009

It doesn't grow on trees?

"Sweetie, you know how I've been searching for a new purse?"

"Have you?"

"Yes, we've talked about my hunt for a well made purse with a long shoulder strap and lots of compartments."

"Hmmm, if you say so."

"Well I found the perfect one."

What I am not saying yet is that I found it months ago at Roots Canada, but refused then to pay the outrageous price. Yesterday I saw it was on sale by 30 percent, which took the price down from in-orbit to only sky high.

"That's good" replies B, soaping up my back. I have deliberately begun this conversation while we are in the shower, where B is usually a little, um, distracted.

"I have a confession though, it was a mite expensive." (Massive understatement)

"Hmmm, whatever."

Good, he is distracted

"Well actually, it was more than a little expensive", I admit.

B is hardly even listening to me now, as he mumbles, "It wasn't over $500 was it?"

"Hell no!" I am relieved that he would calmly imagine I could have spent that much.

"Over $300?."

"No." Phew!

"Well it couldn't have been that expensive then."

B nuzzles my neck, and this is the perfect time for me to say "It was only $210."

"WHAT!!!! TWO HUNDRED AND TEN DOLLARS! FOR A PURSE? I didn't know a purse could cost that much!" B shrieks.

"But, but, you said..."

"I was kidding."

And paying way more attention than I thought.


lime said...

memo to self....always break bad news in the shower. you're a genius!

Dumdad said...

It's still expensive for a purse! But the shower trick is genius.

Maddy said...

I break bad news whilst the kids are screaming......works all the time all too frequently but then we have more opportunity than most.

Good reminder though as I'm lugging my 'winter' heavy green tote around in the 95 degree heat......maybe it's time to go shopping in someone else's air conditioning.

Voyager said...

Lime, The shower trick usually works, but not so well this time.

Dumdad, Fortunately for B, my shower bad news is seldom about extravagent purchases. I normally detest shopping. But I do have a fondness for soft, buttery leather handbags. And shoes. In fact there is a pair of red Josef Seibel mules I've been eyeing. Time for another shower.

Maddy, Glad you stopped by the "hood". I just popped by your blog, and woman, you deserve a shopping trip! What you are doing is amazing.


Jocelyn said...

Asses are kicked by that purse and by him! And by your strategy of nakedness!!

Totally worth every penny and bit of soap.

Ian Lidster said...

So, not 'entirely' distracted,despite all your wonderful charms. I'll go no farther with comment. It's too distracting. But, nice purse, though.

Voyager said...

Jocelyn, Men are such adorably simple creatures when their women are naked. Actually, when we are not naked they are still...
Never mind.

Ian, To my mind, the biggest drawback to being male would be not having a beautiful soft handbag to carry essentials around. Although I do have a male friend who carries a small leather man-purse. But he is French, and lives in Montreal. West coast men don't do purses.

Carver said...

That looks like a great purse for organizing and carrying everything you need. Enjoyed the way you told this story.

Voyager said...

Carver, I hate digging in my purse for stuff. So a seperate compartment for keys, another for the cell phone, one for the wallet, etc. is perfect.

Big Brother said...

Voyager, I completely understand B's consternation. You could get a good backpack for that price at the MEC. Oh well I guess there's no getting between a girl and her purse. We guys have to live with he bare essentials in our pocket, whereas if my wife, daughter and friends are any indication, women have enough stuff to be able to survive for weeks on what is in their purse. ;o)

Rositta said...

I don't ever tell my husband what I pay for personal purchases. I figure it's my money, my business. The most expensive bag I bought was from Guess and it was around $165. Sadly it's the worst bag I ever bought. Doesn't wear well and after less than a year it's ready to toss...ciao

Voyager said...

Big Brother, I have frequent panicky dreams in which I lose my purse. They are indeed survival kits.

Rositta, I hope this expensive bag lasts for ten years. That's my plan (and my rationalization).


Anonymous said...

Ha ha! That was a funny shift for him. Money - it creeps through even the most serious of distractions. And this post made me glad I'm not interested in purses. I just own the one.

jmb said...

I bought one of those Roots handbags when I saw it at 50% off. I don't know if it was a discontinued colour (tan) but I jumped on it.
Enjoy it, it will last forever.

Jazz said...

They just don't understand about purses. But you just gave me an idea for the next purse or pair of shoes... Thanks!

Jazz said...

Oh, and I love the new banner. One day I will go to Belize.

Voyager said...

Citizen, Yes money is itself the biggest distraction. Fortunately B and I never really clash about relatively small money issues like purses and power tools. So far.

JMB, You understand! A Roots bag will last forever. So it's a bargain in the long run. And at 50% off, you are a champion shopper.

Jazz, The shower usually works for shoes and handbags, but I wonder how we would break the news that we bought, say, a Porche?
The banner change is a new idea I've had of using photos from my collection of travel pics.


LadyFi said...

That is a lot of money. I just use a rucksack!

But what a great handbag!

Ian Lidster said...

So, if you're wondering where my blog is, so am I. For some bizarra reason it was removed today by Blogger and I am still trying to find out why.

Jazz said...

HHmph! It seems posts don't grow on trees either! :-p

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I love this post, and also your purse. I think it was a steal for only $210. Men seem to think that women's wear is all priced from the 1950's, even if they weren't there then.