Tea was lovely, though the Drake is exceedingly stuffy. It was a little disconcerting when the harp player would switch from classical music to show tunes, though. I mean, pretty show tunes, like "Music of the Night" from Phantom. But still. I had a long chat with my sister, where we actually ended up spending a fair bit of time with me trying to explain poly stuff to her (in my Christmas letter, which she got, I mentioned Jed, and somehow she had not realized that Kev and I weren't monogamous these days -- she thought we were all 'settled down now'). I don't think I succeeded on much of any front in conveying what it's actually like, or why it's something I think is worthwhile, for me, despite the inherent stresses and risks. But she didn't freak out either, which was good. Too often, I try to explain this stuff to people and they get really upset or defensive or angry, as if my not being monogamous is somehow an attack on their monogamy. It gets tiring.
After tea, we shopped, and while she didn't find the winter coat she wanted, she did find a cute skirt and shirt combo (orange-grey plaid, very bold), and I succumbed to the lure of a dark green wool skirt, knee-length, very flared. I was just supposed to be keeping her company, but the sale at J. Crew did me in. I confessed to Kevin when I got home (we were not particularly careful with our Christmas gifts, and thus we are supposed to be very very good the rest of January), and he made me promise not to buy any more clothes this month. I'll try, but I figure, I'm exerting so much willpower on exercise and diet, there just isn't much left over for anything else. That makes sense, right?
Food today: barely-buttered toast and tea (100), high tea (half a scone with 1 T clotted cream and jam, plus four varied fingers sandwiches, plus tea with milk) (estimated 800), 1/2 lb. grilled salmon with a little steamed asparagus and 1 c. spinach-arugula salad with a T mango vinaigrette (500), tiny piece of chocolate cake (50 -- and I can know that precisely because the box of Entemann's said it was 300 calories a serving and there were 8 servings, so I cut the cake into 8, and then I cut each eight into 3, and one of those was what I had last night, but I only felt like I needed half of one today -- it helps to keep it in the freezer, for some strange reason -- I don't end up going back and nibbling on it). Considering the whole high tea extravaganza, going only 150 calories over the 1300 allowed seems not so awful. Will try to cut back a little in the next few days to help, though not tomorrow -- tomorrow's a no-workout, 1000 calories day, which will be hard enough on its own, I think.