Today--miracle of miracles--I actually 1) went on line 2) picked stuff out 3) put it in my shopping cart and (this is the critical step I normally manage to miss) 4) ordered it. Bezrat Hashem, when Kayla comes home, she will bring me my REI goodies.
Lest you write this off as a minor acheivement, I should point out that it took me a full 90 minutes to pick out what I wanted. This has less to do with the abundance of choices on the REI site (though there is an abundance) and more to do with the fact that I really do not need anything. In the end, I bought a huge hydration pack and a purple balance ball. (The color is does not add any features but seeing how I love purple, I thought I would tell you about it). Anyway, the hydration pack is for the hikes I never go on and the balance ball is for the fitness program that I never quite get around to starting. I think you will agree with me that these are a fine addition to my theoretical running program and my ornamental work-out clothes collection.
On a related note, can I tell you that Kayla (aka-"disgustingly organized and together friend") is much better at watching Roxie the Diet than I am? She is even having me bring a Roxie-friendly dessert to Shabbat lunch. For my part, I have been neglecting Roxie to an outrageous extent and Roxie has informed me that she would like to go live with Kayla, because Kayla is nicer than I am. Sadly, I had to break it to Roxie that disgustingly organized and together friends do not need diets, because they stay in shape. As you might imagine, Roxie is simply devastated.