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This and That

April 13th, 2007 at 05:07 am


Iíve figured out that in mind, I like being able to buy things more than buying things. In my mind the last month Iíve idly thought of buying some things, and chose not to. Just the lifting of the challenge means I can spend a lot more, but I havenít. The mental freedom, though, is what I like- I could buy a lot of stuff even though I donít.

Broke folks donít have that optionÖeach time a person with every penny of his income spoken for idly thinks about buying something on a whim, he canít even idly entertain the thought. He has to not buy the paperbacks, the trinkets, the fresh flowers, the sushi. Iíve passť don buying so many things recently, but I had a choice. Just food for thought for me...I like freedom and choices more than I like spending. I gave myself permission to spend as much as I wanted on books, and it turns out as much as I wanted was $31. But the freeom, that was priceless.

Iím still doing Weight Watchers, still totally committed, still a slow loser, and still enjoying not overeating.

Iíll be going to Portland in May, for somewhere around a week, and Iím looking forward to it. One thing I could do more of is get out of the house, for sure. Iíve got my health and a car and spending money, and I manage to spend too much time indoors, not hanging out with friends, not enjoying the outdoors, not watching bad TV. So Portland will be good, and last weekend I was social, and this coming weekend I have another social commitment. Man, I would have never thought when I was younger that I would have had to work at hanging out with friends?

My folks are in Fiji-how cool is that? I suppose in a way Iím jealous, but actually itís more something I want to emulate. Iíd love to spend my retirement travelling. Iíd love for the welfare business to be seasonal, so I could travel four months a year. Iíve switched form thinking England in the fall to Mexico-definitely time to start nailing some details down.

4 Responses to “This and That”

  1. Elly Says:

    I can relate with your first two paragraphs. Makes perfect sense and I am the same way.

  2. robex Says:

    Definately the same way here, too! When our kids want something they see at the store or on t.v., I never tell them that we can't afford it, but I often tell them that I don't choose to spend my money on it.

  3. KEALINA Says:

    i can relate too. that freedom where you can buy something but can choose not to is almost intoxicating. every once in awhile, DH and I will comment on it as it is such a contrast to how those around us.

  4. baselle Says:

    Yes, isn't that funny - its not that we're addicted to the stuff we buy, but that we can buy it.

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