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  • When it comes to my birthday I have an excellent system for writing a list.
    Along with a few books, or the next series of ER, my list consists mainly of clothes.
    Yes I do really need some more clothes and no, I never, ever have anything to wear.
    So when it comes to the week or so before the 21st of September I do my "Birthday List Shop".
    This process is great for getting exactly what you want for your birthday.
    I go shopping without having to spend money. Fantastic.

    I go to all my favourite shops, arms laiden with clothes as I head for the fitting rooms.
    I try on absolutely everything I like.
    I take photos of myself in the outifts,
    I write down the price, size, product number.
    Then at home, I upload the photos, type up the list, include links to the website of the shops,
    and hey presto,
    birthday list done!
    I email it to family.
    The element of suprise is still there as relatives pick and choose.
    I make the price range extensive.
    But I rest easy for I know there will not e the bembarassement in having to subtley exchange an unwanted present,
    or to only wear it once;at a time when I am seeing the giver,
    and then to shove it at the back of the endless depths of the wardrobe never to surface again,
    nope, none of that, I can open ballooon-printed paper with no apprehension.

    I love trying on clothes of people I want to be, different looks, different Kats.
    Thinking about the different lives, the husbands, the children, the way I decorate the homes.
    I love this fantasy world, except it always makes me loathe reality all the more greater.
    I realise I have none of the things I want.
    I am going to be another year older and I still feel so far from the real things that matter in life.
    And no amount of clothes can help that.
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