Analysis Paralysis.
Die Qual der Wahl.
I bet many languages have an expression for that happy torment of searching for just the right object; leaving no corner unsearched, allowing oneself just a hint of a dream about the miraculous improvement that just the right item will bring to one’s life. It can be a pleasurable way to pass the time.

However, by the time our sublet ends Sept 30, I hope to have a job and that my son will have learned enough German to transfer to a regular school, so those things can guide my decision of where to live. That requires lots of decision-making power.

In the last few days, I’ve posted about several things I think I ought to get—a bigger bag that will work for work & play, a transitional jacket, a pair of shoes to wear for low impact exercise and for casual wear. I’ve gotten lovely, thoughtful responses.

I hope people won’t feel put-upon if I raise all of those questions again in this post. I’ve done some looking online, guided by your suggestions, and am in the mall now. I should end all this by this afternoon, and free my brain up for those bigger decisions. There will be ample opportunity to get the best briefcase/backpack and other items in the future.

I’m seeing lots of white sneakers, but honestly, I’m a little scared I won’t keep them clean enough, and maybe I should get a stronger color.

The sandals are nothing I’ve thought of until now, but the Tamaris in the find are the only sandals I own in the world.

The backpack is not professional, but it is cute, available and not that expensive.

Here is what I’m seeing here. I’m also going to add links to a pair of jeans and two jackets. Which, in each category, do you think is best, I should I really back away for now?
Jacket #1 lightweight puffer with hood https://www.peek-cloppenburg.d.....ize=40%2C0
Jacket #2 bright blue & floral hoodie

Jeans: #1 is the Desigual pair pictured. #2 is from Muji, their boyfriend jeans in a dark wash. I didn’t take a pic, thinking they’d be easy to find on their website, but they aren’t.

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