It is no secret that I'm not that in to fashion. I'm not completely oblivious to what's hip and I don't want to walk around looking like an idiot, but mostly, I like to be comfortable. Of course there are days when I would love to rip out a page in J. Crew and modge podge it to my body before heading out the door, but ultimately, it isn't what I choose to spend my time or money on. Given the choice between a trip to the mall or a walk to the park, I'm going to the park!
When it comes to clothing, I usually like to find what's comfortable and stick with it. I've joked around with people before that I wish had four different uniforms. One each for the four seasons.
In addition to my general lack of interest in clothing and the seeking of, I'm chronically cheap (no shame here), and I try not to over consume. In fact, any act of commerce I engage in is fraught with questions of conscience. "Should I really be spending money on this? Who made it and what kind of social/environmental consequences are attached to it? Do I need it or just want it? Will it last? What if I get it home and then don't like it? Does it match enough stuff in my closet to be justified?" on and on ad nauseum. Quick tip, do not go shopping with me...you won't have any fun.
Rob and I have frequent conversations about simplifying our life. I'm always amazed by how much "stuff" we have even though we don't go out and seek a lot of "stuff". Where does all this "stuff" come from?
Our Netflix queue certainly isn't helping take our mind off matters of the environment/consumption/social issues either. I'm pretty sure the last eight movies our sweet mail lady has delivered (while consuming gas!) have all been members of the documentary club: five of the six discs in the Ken Burns National Parks series (missed them when they aired on PBS), The Cove, Paper Clips, 180 South, Babies and yet to come are Tapped, War Dance and some other about the Alaskan Wild. It isn't enough to just think about it, you have to change your behavior. Sometimes I am overwhelmed when thinking about all the things I should do to change my behavior.