I really hate decorating my house for the holidays. I feel like Joel Fleischman from Northern Exposure when he tried to put up a Christmas tree and ultimately decided he was too Jewish to really get why one would put a tree inside of a house. Last year I put up a two foot Christmas tree and that was a stretch. I think it will require personal growth from me to decorate for the holidays, and growth is usually good. So I am doing it.
The resolution about buying fewer shoes comes from the fact that as I went to purchase Halloween decorations, I almost decided to go shoe shopping instead. I do NOT need more shoes. I don't even really want more shoes. Clearly shoe shopping has become a comfortable bad habit. No more shoes for a while.
I went to Marshall's to get Halloween decorations because when I was dress shopping a few weeks ago, they had apothecary jars with skull-handled lids. The labels on them said creepy things about Witch Hazel and Cures for Creeps and stuff like that. I thought to myself "If I decorated for Halloween, I would get those." I hoped that they were still there and when I couldn't find them, I went searching for other scary things. I almost decided to get some Ed Hardy sheets with a skull and hearts that said "Love Kills Slowly". They had a matching duvet cover and pillowcases and they were the most scary thing I have seen in a while. After a few moments of fascination with the concept of terrifying sheets, I decided that the point of Halloween is to scare others and not myself.
I found some wooden toadstools and a kind of woodland looking fall potpourri mix that seemed like it might be cute scattered around the wooden toadstools. I also thought I might be able to put the toadstools among pine boughs for Christmas and cover two holidays with one decoration. I wasn't sure that they were really Halloweeny, but they were at least a step in the right direction. So I got them. Then, after purchasing them, I found the apothecary jars I had been looking for near the exit and so I ended up getting those too.
My house is now set for the upcoming holiday! And I didn't even look at any shoes! I feel like a new and improved person already.