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Small Things Wish List

weather: drizzling
outside: 16°C
mood: pensive
music: Cecilia Bartoli - Exultate Jubilate (Mozart)

I'm keeping a wish list of smaller things I want. Several times now, I've found myself with a little extra money that I didn't expect or I've done something that I feel like rewarding myself for (doesn't happen often, but hey...). And several times now, I've found myself at a loss as to what I want to get myself.

I know there are things I want. There will be times when I really want to buy something small that I'll enjoy - ANYTHING! - but when I try to focus on what I want, specifically, I come up with a black hole. I end up socking my money away, only to have a brilliant idea of something perfect I could have gotten, later on. By that time, I'd either decide that I can't afford it anymore or I don't feel like spending money.

Frustratingly enough, it's the same way with movies. I know there are movies I want to see, but when someone says "Hey, let's catch a movie! What should we see?", I'll be like, *think-think-thinketty-think* "Umm... let's just stay home..."

Some would say this is a reallyreally fortunate thing. But it's frustrating. Just once in a while, I'd like to get something that I want instead of only getting things I need. It's not that I'm stone broke. I do have some personal savings (aside from my RRSP and our joint savings), but I'm afraid to spend it... it's like I'm afraid to be happy. =O

It's like I'm ... afraid ... to be ... happy. Wow.

So anyway, I'm going to keep a running list for myself and see how this works out. I just have to make myself add the brilliant ideas that I have once in a while. Maybe I really don't want anything from this list. Maybe just managing a wish list, adding things, taking them off and changing them without actually buying anything will make me happy. I dunno...

It's interesting that most of the items are CDs... Honestly, I'm not even sure why I have CDs listed when I don't even believe in buying music anymore. Soundwaves hitting my eardrums is a naturally occurring phenomenon and generally not one, for which I am willing to pay. Which just reinforces my thought that I really don't want to buy anything from this list.

Okay, maybe I do know. They're all Ben Heppner CDs. I met him once, very briefly and he does deserve my money.

And realistically, I only expect to go through those items at about one a year (if that). So, that'll keep me occupied for quite a while. Of course, if I win the Super7, they're all getting swallowed up in one go.


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karinakarina
Sep. 17th, 2002 09:59 pm (UTC)
wish list?
I don't have that problem of coming up with what I want. My problem is being able to afford what I want.

This is just an example.
bride
Sep. 17th, 2002 10:35 pm (UTC)
Re: wish list?
You put:
casual watch

Oh, that reminds me, I want batteries for the ladies' Seiko LaSalle watch that I've had for 20 years.
lovesroses
Sep. 18th, 2002 05:50 am (UTC)
wish lists
Wish lists are great. When something pops into your head write it down, and after awhile go through the list and pick out the few things that you really really like, or you may end up with something completely different. You should see me the day after Thanksgiving. I am like a little kid going through the sale papers, with my list. By christmas I have narrowed it down to one or 2 things that I HAVE to have. But it is a fun process. Good luck, and have some fun! :o)
bride
Sep. 19th, 2002 11:00 am (UTC)
Re: wish lists
Good luck, and have some fun! :o)

Thanks =)
nightshift
Sep. 18th, 2002 07:49 pm (UTC)
Now this is advice I can give freely without hesitation: Go out and do something fun with Hubby! Or with friends! Or take a course in a recreational craft or skill.
bride
Sep. 19th, 2002 12:05 am (UTC)
Re:
Go out and do something fun with Hubby! Or with friends! Or take a course in a recreational craft or skill.

All of which cost money =)

I used to go drinking with work buddies every Friday night. We used to go to the lounge at Moxie's within walking distance from work. We'd go back to work and wait off the alcohol before driving home.

I'm 5'2", just over 100 pounds and Asian. I could keep up with The Guyz® in the group, still be more coherent than they were AND get work done in the time that I waited through the liver action. My boss and I were both like that. We were the Friday Drunken Fist Duo, we got so many piddly tasks out of the way on Friday evenings and we billed every minute of it. =)

But, I left that job, did the math and I realized how much money that was, so I didn't actively participate in work group socials after that.

Going out and doing fun things with Husband Guy was the same thing. Money, money, money, money, money. Sex was free and fun, but you can only have sex so many times in a day before you develop a Urinary Tract Infection. And THAT throws a wrench in everything. (Hey, you started this...) =D

About the only recreation craft and skill that doesn't cost an arm and a leg in materials is web design. And I do interface and back-end design. I've done some projects, but there's very little motivation.

=)
nightshift
Sep. 19th, 2002 07:45 pm (UTC)
Drunken Fist
All of which cost money =)

But you were just complaining about how you had money to spend! =D

We were the Friday Drunken Fist Duo

If you'll pardon the pun, I'd imagine that you two would be a kick at parties. =D

Going out and doing fun things with Husband Guy was the same thing. Money, money, money, money, money.

From my perspective, spending time and money together to do fun and recreational things is like an insurance bond protecting the marriage. Of course there's a fine line of overspending on this insurance but you get the picture. But it's perfectly understandable. I can guess that you're saving up for a home ya?

Switching gears...

Sex was free and fun, but you can only have sex so many times in a day before you develop a Urinary Tract Infection.

Really?! I did not know that excessive sex can cause urinary tract infections! On a somewhat related topic, do you like cranberry juice?
bride
Sep. 19th, 2002 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Drunken Fist
But you were just complaining about how you had money to spend! =D

A _little_ extra money. Okayokay, so I just don't _want_ to spend money =)

I can guess that you're saving up for a home ya?

Yeah, and it's looking pretty dismal. Housing prices are insane in Vancouver, so getting an initial down payment is hell. =P

Really?! I did not know that excessive sex can cause urinary tract infections!

Yup. =D Found out the hard way XD Well, think about it, you're constantly germy! And especially if you use lubricants because it's not natural body fluid. My first one happened on New Year's Day. *ahem* =O No doctors, clinics or anything was open. I had to go to ER. That was really dorky and embarassing.

On a somewhat related topic, do you like cranberry juice?

Oh yeah, girls all know about cranberry juice. XD

But it's like putting a bandaid on a gaping wound. =) Everything in moderation, eh? =)
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