Hello my name is The Wife…. And I have a coat addiction.
There I said it. Out loud. (of course “out loud” is to no one other than the baby – who is currently sleeping, probably didn’t hear me, and likely wouldn’t care if he did). But, they say that admitting that you have a problem is the first step…. Right? Ok, it’s not so much a problem if it doesn’t hurt anyone…. Right??
I have been addicted to coats for about 20 or so years. It probably started right after I got my first job out of college, since this was probably the first time I had enough money to actually go out and feed this addiction. Coincidentally, this was likely also the time when I started to have enough places to go in order to actually have a need to wear multiple coats.
As of this exact moment, I have 35 in total (and, yes I actually did just go and count them – which was sort of eye-opening in and of itself). Some women have shoe addictions (ok, I have that too… but that’s a post for a different day) but most of my attention is put towards outer wear. I simply cannot resist a new, fashionable jacket that has a unique cut, or color that might, some day, look cute with a certain outfit (that I don’t even own yet……) My addiction has grown well beyond the “coat closet” in our foyer. It’s also taken over almost an entire closet in the spare bedroom, and necessitates a seasonally appropriate swap to ensure that coats downstairs are the right weight for the current weather.
There are a few problems with this.
1) My addiction has oozed over into hubby’s attire. Now, you may be scratching your head wondering what the heck this means. Well, my inability to pass up a fashionable, on-sale jacket may have trickled over into buying coats for hubby. To date hubby has 14 coats….. yes, probably overkill for a guy. But, I can assure you, he looks mighty dapper (dapper –what a fun word, and not easily worked into conversation…..) in each and every one of them! If you were to add his coats to my coats, we could probably keep our entire block warm during the winter…. Which brings me to the 2nd problem………..
2) The sheer # of coats might, just possibly, impact hubby’s ability to put away his coats. You should probably read THIS POST about the # of coats that are NOT in our coat closet, in order to understand my dilemma. Could I have created my own challenge here….. NO!! I’m not willing to accept any responsibility…. So, we’ll just move onto the next problem.
3) Hubby seems to need his own intervention. You’d think that hubby, who doesn’t necessarily understand my affinity towards outerwear. Who doesn’t really “get” the need for himself to have 14 coats. Who needs reminding that he has a different coat that might look better with an outfit. Who complains that I have too many coats. Who can’t cram his own coats into the coat closet because I have too much in there (WAIT – I just remembered, I’m not taking responsibility for this…..). Anyhow, you’d think that he, of all people, would not feed into my addiction…… but you’d be WRONG!
With any good addiction, the person suffering from the problem is usually surrounded by some great enablers. So, I’d like to share with you some evidence.
This, my dear blog readers, is a picture of one of my Christmas presents from this year, FROM HUBBY:
This, my dear blog readers, is a picture of one of my Christmas presents from 2 years ago, FROM HUBBY:
Yes, they are DAMN CUTE coats. Yes, I will happily wear them. Yes, I can already envision the cute outfits that will coordinate with my most recent gift. Yes, I will find-a-way to squeeze it into an already overflowing closet. Yes, I LOVE my gift… but heck, I ask you this????? Who has exactly has the problem here?? Me, or hubby who, if he continues to buy me cute coats, will probably have to start moving his entire wardrobe into the shed in the backyard just so I have a place to put everything???! :-)
Reason # 11 why I love my hubby is….. he buys me stuff that I absolutely do not need, but that he knows I will enjoy!
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