Lately I've been shopping online. (Sometimes I'm "shopping," where I'm just browsing websites, adding things to the cart, and then forgetting them.)
But winter coats are tempting, especially when they're on deep discount. They're also leading me into an amusing memory.
When I was a teen my mother and I went grocery shopping, and she didn't really feel like getting dressed. So, she stripped off her nightgown (and she was naked beneath), slipped on some winter boots, and put on a long faux fur winter coat. And we shopped.
I was kind of horrified. Being a teen it was easy to find things to be horrified about. But I was also highly amused. The coat was long and it was in no way obvious that she was starkers underneath the coat, but the knowledge itself was highly hilarious to me.
There's not a lot more to the story, though. She didn't get pulled over. She didn't get accused of shoplifting and be asked to remove her coat so she could be searched. (That might have to happen in a future book, though.) It was just a weird shopping excursion happening on a cold winter's day after we'd had a heavy snowfall.
I also wonder how many people do things like that. Shop in a raincoat or trench coat with nothing underneath. It'd be hard to tell, but it's a funny premise.
Part of me would love to do something weird like that, but I also would probably be too hot on top and feel too drafty from below, so maybe not. I take pleasure in layering. I also take a lot of displeasure in being padded up by a coat for a long time. So again, maybe not.
I'll have to find something else that's weird. Or write it up.
I'm Magenta Wilde, author of the Poppy Blue paranormal fantasy series, and the forthcoming Happily Hereafter series. Hint: It involves ghosts.