After getting the hair cut I wandered over to Payless, no real reason to but I wanted to see if I could find some decent, cheap, slip-on shoes for traveling. Being able to get your shoes off/on quickly is a bonus when traveling by air these days. They had one pair of shoes like the ones I wore for about 5 years (before the soles gave out) and they fit! Turns out that Rugged Outback (the brand of the pair I wore to death) changed their name to State Street. Guess the brand of the new pair. :)
I also chatted with the woman working there about the hassles of finding larger shoes, which lead to transvestites, Trash (an "alternative" shop on Main Street), the surprising weirdness in Gaylord, piercings, and hair dye. It was fun. :)
Then I figured I'd check Fashion Bug for jeans. Despite the number of larger women I see around town there's not a lot of larger size clothing. Walmart, last I checked, topped out at 26, Kmart had a few 28s, so it was Fashion Bug or Dress Barn and I never have luck at Dress Barn. Fashion Bug tops out at 28. I figured, what the hell, I'll try some of the 28s. The last pair I tried on (at Kmart) I could button so maybe I'd get lucky and one of the stretch designs would work. I didn't expect it to work, and for the two pairs I tried on first it didn't, in fact I'm pretty sure those brands have to run small. When you find yourself trying to suck in your butt you know it's a lost cause. But the last pair...
OMFG. They make my ass look good.
They're some variant of low rise but not dramatically, they're some variant of bootcut bordering on bell bottom... but they make my ass look good.
They're designed for someone with less belly and fewer years than myself but... they make my ass look good.
So I bought them.
Awesome studded belt (that actually fits) included as an extra bonus.
So I'm feeling very broke now (even compared to my normal very broke feeling) but at least my ass looks good. :)