milestone: ROOTS HOODIE





after i had been blogging for a couple of months, i stumbled across one of my favorite quotes from my buddy, gina bina. she says, "DISCLAIMER: I do my very best on this blog to make us look perfect and insanely happy in every way. Which, indeed we are. However, you should also know that sometimes we disagree, we don't get everything we want or everything we pray for, I'm not a size 2, or even a size 6 for that matter, and we have plenty of debt."

this applies to me in every way--i, of course, put our best faces forward on this blog--i post about our fabulous trips, our happy moments, birthdays, and anything that makes us look remotely cool. we have a really great life, and i'm proud of it.

we are NOT, however, always in agreeance, we DON'T get everything we want or pray for, and i am most DEF not a size two. or six. or eight. (who do we appreciate?) i also would like it stated for the record that we travel lots because, a: we are in the industry, and, secondly, WE ARE OLDER THAN DIRT. we've got lots of years of not-so-frequent travel under our belts, believe you me. we also have debt, but can show you a very simple 12 step process that invovles us drawing circles, showing you where WE are within the circles, and how many circles it will take for you to "get to the highest level"--if you are interested in learning how to harness all of your wild financial fantasisies, then we are your people.....but i digress.

there are certain advantages that come with being "older and not-so-wiser", and that was perfectly illustrated during our last family trip to park city.

every single year that we've taken our kiddies up there (since 2001) i have walked into the "roots" store on main street and ooohed and ahhhed over their jackets and sweatshirts and hats. then the olympics came along, and roots came out with even cooler and hipper stuff.

every single year i would also walk OUT of roots, empty-handed, because mindi cannot afford to spend 40 dollars on a t-shirt. i can justify the bejeeeeeeeeepers out of a ton of purchases, but didn't have it in me for this one.

this year i walked in, saw a hoodie (or "homeless" as megan calls them) stacked on a shelf, calling my name. it was red (bonus!) and it zipped up (double bonus!) and said "park city" (triple bonus!) AND it had a little beaver on it (ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME? SCORE!). i took one look at the price-tag, though, and nearly passed out: $68.00. i smelled the sweatshirt, fondled it lovingly (was that obscene of me? maybe) and then put it back and started to walk out.

then i got a bee in my bonnet, marched right back to the hoodie, snatched it and went over to russ, a woman on a mission. keep in mind that the rbc doesn't really say no to me, at all, EVER. EVAH. but i felt like i had to make a case for this article of clothing that belonged in my closet. i said, "goshdangitihavewantedoneoftheseforthepastsevenyearsandineverwanttopaythemoney
butbydamniamflippingoldenoughtohaveoneofthesesocaniplease?" and it came out just like that.
he looked at me, laughed, and said, "of course."

did i mention it has a few bevers in the motiff? who doesn't love beavers? i LOVE THEM...


i got home that night and pulled it out, and realized that i could now be as cool as hilary duff with my sweet hand-warmers that were built in at NO ADDITIONAL COST....... now, that's VALUE!!



sometimes it's just the little things in life that seem like major milestones, you know?
it was the summer of the roots hoodie, and things were good.....

27 comments:

Adam and Kristina said...

I have to say, if I never see another damn Olympic Roots beret again, it will be too soon.

Kami said...

So I too fell in love with Gina Bina with her little disclaimer - love it! I say good for you, your girls or Russ who ever gets to wear the beavers. You earned that, beaver! ;)

ps. Yay for Beavers! ;)
pps. It's late.
ppps. And I'm Tired.

devri said...

I truthfully never been in that store, why you ask?

Hitched to a Tongan man thats why!!

Amy said...

THis is a post that warms my heart on many levels so just sit back and let me go... I have loved Gina Bina's discalimer since I VERY first started blogging... I too am not a size 2-close but no cigar! I also have a thing for the ROOTS store. We went to Vancouver, Canada a few years back and I too bought the roots, red, Canada hoodie... It was many dollars in Canadian monsy and I am so glad that I am a math moron so I can't figure out how much it really cost me. And last but not least... we at this house are BEAVER fans! We even have t-shirts that say Got Beaver? and Beaver rally towels. Of course we root for the Oregan State Beavers... in the orange and black. What a great post, Melinda.. you really outdid yourself! I am now going to BED... I have had it with this blogging world!

Michael said...

Does the RBC always have to pay that much for the beaver?

R-Eight said...

Congrats on your purchase. I have a story or two just like that and I am always happy with those purchases.

Misty said...

Don't worry, it's your blog I've been reading for months now, haha. Your popularity increases!

Congrats on the purchase, I love me a good hoodie.

boxerlover said...

Congrats on the hoodie.

Angie said...

ONLY YOU (ok, or Amy) could do a post on a red freakin hoodie and make it utterly enjoyable!! You got a good laugh out of me this morning mainly when you mentioned the beaver. I bet when you saw that little add on it totally convinced you to buy it because it was all wrapped up in one little package!! Great post!

Suzie said...

Oh my gosh, I love this post so much.
3 reasons:

1. beavers
2. you rant a little. and a rant post by Mindi makes my morning.
3. you got the "homeless" (love that new name)

Tiffany said...

We are sisters from another mister! Great move, involving the hubby on that one to make you feel more justified!!

Tanja said...

Good for you...sometimes you just gotta go with the impulse purchase! Because you have hearted that sweatshirt for so-o long, you'll probably have it in your closet for the next ten years!

tammy said...

Good girl. You make me proud.

And to Michael's comment: Our darling husbands have to pay much more for the beaver. They're married to us aren't they??

I love that disclaimer. It's so easy to pretend we are perfect on our blogs, but much more fun to read the not perfect parts.

Tori :) said...

GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

Christie said...

I love Roots so much that I don't even go in there :)

Anonymous said...

Awsome blog,laughed so hard my co-workers had to come over to see what was so funny! Thank you for brighting up a dreary NY day! Oh yeah and we LOVE your play-list have been listing for two days now,I could go on but...oh yeah Im supposed to be working?

Holly H. said...

I too love this post!

When I was in Canada a few years ago, (Newfoundland - where my mom is from) we went to the mall and they had a Roots store. It was right after all the hype from the olympics and I wanted a hoodie really bad. Well back then the exchange rate was awesome, so we loved shopping there. I think the hoodie was around $70, but it was only about $40 American. Mine also is red and zips, but says Canada. However, it DOES NOT have the thumb holes nor the beavers. So, I think you still got the better deal honey! : Happy hoodie wearing!

Kristen said...

Youn teach me something new every time I come over to your blog! Can't wait to try that line out on my hubby. I might leave out the old part 'cause I am older than Mark and who needs to be reminded of that. Love the sweatshirt and glad to hear we aren't the only ones with some debt. Welcome to life with 4 daughters!

Rusti said...

I feeling a little lame about the fact I'd never even heard of the Roots store before. Next time I'm up in Park City I'm defintely going to take a gander.

Love hoodies. Love red. Love the thumb hole thingy. :)

Tiburon said...

I am so glad that you got that badboy :)

MiaKatia said...

Every once in a while you just have to splurge in that something that just calls your name. Glad you bought it and that is made you so darn happy.

Holly O. said...

The above Michael comment has me in stitches. Oh my!!! That was funny stuff. And I am so glad you got your thumb hole. That does make the homeless even better! I have a blue Roots hoodie with the thumb hole and I always feel very emo when I wear it. Especially if I am wearing the hood up.

gina bina said...

How come I haven't seen this post until now??? Maybe it's because I haven't had 5 minutes to myself in the past 2 weeks. Ugh. Thanks for the blog mention! Just trying to keep it real...
Oh, and I'm on my way to PC this weekend to get me one of those homeless beaver warmers!

Tiffany said...

I'm so happy that you got your hoodie. Life is too short to pass up the proverbial hoodies for seven long years.

P.S. Your warm hands look super-fab.

samiam said...

Thanks chick. This had me cracking up!
1) I am the same way with my hubby. He will not say no but I still think I need to justify my purchase.
2) I love that you blog about a hoodie.
3) I am proud of you for parting with the hoodie long enough to let your daughter model it!

{Annie N.} said...

Lol! I wish the Chad couldn't say no to me. That's his #1 word when we are shopping.

Ida said...

I am loving the rambling of Mindi 2,4,6,8 love it made my day. I love that disclaimer too. Maybe that is why I haven't blogged this week nothing spectacular to say.