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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Shopping post-surgery

PS: Today (Saturday) I bought a skirt and a jacket!
It's great to find I wear a smaller size...maybe that
operation WAS worth it? Um...no!

I finally did it today! I went shopping for clothes. Because I thought my surgery was going to be in the fall, I didn't buy anything new and struggled through that season with old things. Then, of course, there was no need to get anything new after the surgery since all I could wear werebaggy things on top of the bulky brace. But now, with the surgeon's okay, I don't have to wear the brace anymore, unless my back is really sore - but I can put up with a bit of discomfort so I don't have to wear it.
The day dawned sunny so it felt like Spring. But before showering, I tried on the three bathing suits I own to see if any of them fit. Believe me, it is one scary experience to look in the mirror at your blotchy white self with no makeup on and sporting morning hair wearing a swimsuit. I tossed the two larger sized ones and kept the smallest of the three, but I can't say that I really like it that much. I suppose it'll do for the water aerobics I'll get into next month, since you're pretty much invisible from the neck down when you're in the pool.
So off I went to Reitman's about 10 minutes from my place. I chose a few tops to try on and then went and asked for help with slacks. I'm so hard to fit in pants because I have a petite rise but long legs. The ladies were fantastic and brought me so many to try on in various sizes, since I had no idea what size I am now after losing some weight. Turned out I wear a smaller size on the bottom than I thought! Yay! Unfortunately, the boobs didn't get any smaller so that means the tops are pretty much the same size as before. Not Yay!
Anyway, I came away with two pairs of slacks (black and grey) and two tops (one dressy and one for everyday), plus a gorgeous Spring trenchcoat in a lovely taupe shade. By that time, I was starting to get shaky and feeling a bit warmish. But I'll definitely go back to try on some jeans and capris and maybe even a sundress or two (that is if we ever get any warm weather!).
Now I'm off to give the slacks and the coat a bit of a press. I'm starting to feel human again now that I have something new to wear.


Unknown said...

So glad to hear you were able to get out and enjoy some retail therapy.

Maggie May said...

Glad you can leave off the brace and glad about the clothes! Helps you to feel good getting something new.
You will have to take photos now!

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh wonderful lesley! I am on a diet right now as I have put weight on due to all the pies we ate with Jon's work lol! June 7th is my target date. 1 stone to get rid of!

Liz Hinds said...

All good news!

Michele said...

This in indeed happy news, it's always nice to get some new clothes or a pretty haircut just to feel good about yourself!


david mcmahon said...

Great to hear, Leslie. Before you know it, you'll be in summer gear!!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Excellent news....You must feel so good :-)

Mickle in NZ said...

What great news. Haven't you done well with your recovery. I'm pleased you've been able to enjoy some retail therapy. New, shapely clothes must be such a boost after all your time wearing the brace.

I send hope for some warm weather for you. The current Autumn temps here may be what you need - still up to 20C during the day.

Care and gentle huggles, Michelle and Zebbycat

nancygrayce said...

Nothing like shopping to get one's spirits up!

Barbara said...

Lesley - so glad to hear you were able to get out and buy some clothes, I bet you will be glad to say goodbye to the back brace. Even better to find you are a size smaller,

sally in norfolk said...

you must be feeling well pleased with yourself...sssooo happy for you x

MedStudentWife said...

woohoo - glad to hear you are back and on the mend :)

AND ...

really like your comment on trying on the bathing suit.. it lifted my spirits in knowing I'm not the only one.


As my dad says "Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies iz... the birdies on wing...(I can never remember it from this point *lol*)