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In my quest to live on an austerity budget this year, I decided it was probably time to finish unpacking the boxes we brought with us when we moved. I've been putting this off, figuring that if I didn't eventually go through them, I'd just pitch them, unopened. And it's been eighteen months. Normally, I would consider the fact that they've remained unopened a sign that those boxes have things I don't really need.

But now I'm glad I kept them. Because it's kind of like shopping. Only different. I already own this stuff, so it's free.

Opening these 'mystery boxes' is loads of fun because I never know what's going to be in them. These are the unmarked boxes into which I just threw random items because (a) I was tired of sorting and labeling, and (b) I was running out of time. So they've been sitting in the basement and the attic (and even a few in the guest room) all this time, waiting patiently for me to go through them.

This weekend, I found a sweater I had forgotten about. I probably haven't worn it in a couple of years, but it's just a plain Shetland crewneck, so it's not out of style. It's a tad snug (and if you've been reading my blog awhile, you know why), but I'm pretending it's new and that I want it to fit like a second skin. Like a 50s pin-up. (1950s, not women in their 50s. I'm not quite there yet.  And that’s just wrong, in so many ways.))

I can't wait to see what's next. A pair of holey jeans to go with my really tight sweater? Monopoly with all the money missing? A Rick Springfield 8-track? I can only imagine.



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