What is with shopping for jeans?!? Every time I do I just get so frustrated. I went to Macy's yesterday, I had a 20$ off coupon and a gift card on top of that, I was planning on buying jeans. Everything under 60 bucks had "stretch" on the tag. I just want a pair of real denim jeans with a straight leg and a decent cut. (one that doesn't make you tush look saggy) Don't get me wrong, stretch jeans are nice when you're going out with your husband or the girls and you're trying to vamp it up a little, but when I'm going to work I don't want the men, wait, BOYS, I work with seeing every curve from my hips to my knees!!!! I just don't think it's right. It is so annoying that no matter what store you go to, everything has the word stretch right there on the label. I figured sure, I'll give it a try. I grabbed a few different pairs and went to go try them on. Ben sat out in the waiting area and I came out and showed each pair to him. He thought they all looked good, and he was right, for the first time in many years I was HAPPY with the way all of the jeans looked on me. But not for work.
I had been working a pretty labor intensive job. I have a tool bag that probably weighs 40-50 pounds, depending on who has "borrowed" tools. I was jumping in manholes, getting dirty, moving around batteries, which contain acid, and getting it on my clothes occasionally. I would get into grease, paint, and grime in general. All of this would show on my jeans. I go through quite a few pairs, but I also didn't see the point in buying brand new jeans to just do more damage. So, I had holey jeans, really holey. And I would wear them all the time.
Now I am in a slightly more "white collar" position. I still go out to the manholes, I'm still around the dirt and grime except now I mostly watch other people do the work. Don't get the wrong idea, I still jump in and work because sometimes it's so annoying watching some one doing something the wrong way..... But, now there really isn't a need for me to be ready to destroy my clothing on any given day, it's just not expected any more. Even before I had this temporary (hopefully permanent) position, every time my Superintendent would see my holey jeans he would make some kind of comment. Now, I can see him checking. And if it happens to be one of those days where I don't have any good jeans clean and I wear one with holes in it, he will see them and say something. He's not trying to be mean, and I don't think that he's trying to make a point. One time I said to him that he always says that and he said "I've said it before?" So I really don't think he says it to be mean, he just voices what he observes.
Still, it's that horrid time again, time to go shopping for jeans. Maybe I'm just too critical. And my husband hates shopping. I guess I just need someone to come with. Any volunteers ??? :) I'll even buy lunch...