when it rains...

I've been to Seattle quite a few times. And I visit the Pike Place Market and original Starbucks every single time. They're just too good to pass up.

Each time I walk through the market, I stop at a specific local vendor. He sells whimsical t-shirts and sweatshirts, and there's one that caught my eye the very first time I saw it over ten years ago.

It has a drawing of some coffee mugs and says:

When it rains, we pour.

I think it's such a great phrase for Seattle.

And for me.

Every year, I visit the same stall and contemplate buying myself a sweatshirt. And every year, I talk myself out of it.

It's too expensive. They run really big. I don't wear things like that often enough. They're out of the blue color I really like.

And every year, I leave Washington wishing I'd bought one.

Before I even got to Seattle a couple weeks ago, I decided this was the year. I was gonna buy one. I even told a friend, because I knew saying it out loud would help seal the deal in my mind.

When I got to the market and found the vendor, I still wrestled through all the reasons why I should probably not buy one.

But I eventually walked away with a sweatshirt I've wanted for over a decade.

My friend Mandie was with me, and we spent a few hours together downtown. Mandie is an incredible photographer, and she'd offered to do a photo shoot with me.

The weather was perfect and we had a lot of fun wandering the streets of Seattle. I felt pretty awkward being the only person on the opposite side of the camera, but Mandie worked her magic and took some great pictures. I so appreciate that she did this for me!

Check out some other pictures from our Seattle shoot...

Now I'm sitting here thinking about my tendency to talk myself out of buying something I want.

Does anyone else do that?!

What was your last "frivolous" for-you purchase?