We had a very Vienna day yesterday in this glorious fall weather. We picked up some pasties from the Pure Pasty Company on Church Street, and went on over to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens to catch a last glimpse of fall leaves. There were more beautiful yellow leaves on the drive to the Gardens than actually in the Gardens, but it was enough for us to put a blanket down and play with the baby as the sun streamed through the branches above us.
We were trying very hard to have a relaxing day – no chores, no plans. I had just read Anna Quindlen’s, A Short Guide to a Happy Life (it’s a 20 minute read). I totally get what she’s saying: “Turn off your cell phone … Keep still. Be present.” I was doing well until about 5pm, when my to-do list crept into my mind. There was one thing I’ve been itching to take care of for some weeks now.
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I needed some physical support. I’m talking about bras. Having gone through pregnancy and nursing, I had not only earned but was in need of some nice, new bras.
Luckily for us, we have a fantastic delicates store right in Vienna – Trousseau. I’d gotten my wedding undergarments there, but hadn’t been back since. Sure, the prices are a little more than, say a Victoria’s Secret; however, the service far surpasses anything I’ve yet found in the mall, and I didn’t miss the photos of super-models staring me down (I mean, good for Heidi Klum that she’s a size zero a month after having a baby – we real women don’t have eight hours a day to exercise). And, knowing I could be there and back home in an hour to start getting Bean ready for bed was a big plus.
I was helped by a chipper, self-proclaimed 97-pound lady who was only too happy to find something perfect for me. As she said, “You’re a mom but you’re still a woman.” (She also told me I was the “Queen of England – you can do whatever you want!” I smiled a lot while I was there.)
It’s so rare that I feel really content with a purchase. I felt that way yesterday. It’s good to have support when you need it!