Whenever I get something new, I’m always really enthusiastic to use it… right away. New book? Can I read it now, please? New shirt? Let’s put it on. I do hate those “wash before wearing” instructions. The shirt my mom got me for my birthday finally came in the mail on Sunday, and since it was grey instead of some dark, heavily dyed color like red or black, I figured it would be okay to wear it without washing it first, especially since it didn’t say I had to. The point of washing a new piece of clothing before wearing it is just to prevent transfer of the dye onto my other clothes, so whatever. Well, the shirt smelled strongly of the ink they used for the screen-printing, but I wore it anyway. In class, Jan was like “what is that smell? I smell something sour.” I definitely changed shirts as soon as I got home.
I bought a new watch over the weekend because I wanted something low-profile that I could wear every day. For the longest time–basically my entire life–I hated wearing watches, but in the last week or two I had become really sick of pulling out my phone every few minutes to check the time, especially when I was running late for class, so I decided I finally needed a new watch. I have others, but I don’t like any of them enough to wear every day, and most of them need new batteries, anyway. For a few months I have been toying with the idea of getting a small, bracelet-style gold-colored watch to wear some of the time, but since I wanted something I could wear all the time, I bought this lovely guy (or girl, considering the whole women’s watch thing):
I think it looks nicer in real life, but I don’t have my camera on me to take a picture of it right now (thanks Amazon for the picture above), and, depending on your resolution, it’s probably a bit smaller than the picture shows. It’s basically just really nice and I’m glad my grandma gave me $50 for Chanukah because otherwise I wouldn’t have had the extra money to spend right now.
I went and picked it up from the mail room yesterday as soon as was possible, and of course I opened it right away and started setting the correct time and date. My dad used to have a watch that showed the date, and you had to wind through 24 hours to get the date to change, so that’s what I thought I had to do with this watch. The date was set to the fifth when I took it out of the box, so I sat there for nearly half an hour trying to wind to the 31st. I got to the 19th before Georgina suggested that there might be a way to change the date independently of the time. Just then, I accidentally pushed the crown partway in while turning it, and when I next looked, the date had gone back to the 13th! Lo and behold, I could have taken about thirty seconds to wind the date correctly. It’s at the first now and I am very happy. 😛
I went to bed like a half hour after putting the watch on, so I slept in it because I didn’t want to take it off. New things are for wearing immediately and for as long as possible! I wore it while running at the gym, too, which I don’t know if I will do again because the band is leather and the inside got sweaty from my wrist. I might buy a replacement battery for my old digital watch, but gosh I hate digital watches. Perhaps I’ll just stick to checking my phone while I run. It’s not like I’m running outside right now anyway, it being the winter and all. Treadmills are my friends.
Do you wear a watch? I can’t believe I used to hate them. They’re useful little buggers and I think I’m in love. I would also really like to know what you think of the running with a watch situation.
Ciao! (Did I mention I’m taking Italian now, on top of Japanese?)