Other than purchasing a wedding dress, I had a new experience this week... I bought clothes and did not get to go home with them!
A visit to the ol' Nordstrom Rack lightened my wallet by about $200, but friends! Romans! Countrymen! My idea of business clothes during two years of working from home sometimes consisted of clean sweat pants. For a meeting, at best I could swing a cardigan over my ultra soft (read: old; worn) tee shirt. So I was in desperate need of Congressional-worthy clothing, and that means that you don't go home with it!
But I did feel like a very fancy grown-up lady, standing on the platform, having my new pants measured and marked, choosing between cuffs or not. With a special ticket stub to pick up my pants when they are properly tailored, it is a tangible item that helps define this intangible, overwhelming feeling that my entire life has changed with the start of a new job.