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First, I suppose I should have said that the gal in the middle of the photobooth photo was Jerusalem. Since she looks just the same to me, I figured everyone else would recoginize her, too!
Second, Jen is totally right in her comment about feeling bad over all the wasted money when doing these purges. I used to take a load of giveaways now & then to Salvation Army, but never before had I amassed such a large amount of stuff to get rid of. Easily hundreds of dollars. Maybe thousands when when you consider the clothes that I still need to take to consignment.
And Jen’s also right that it does change one’s perspective on purchases. Over the past couple years, I’ve become more mindful of the things I buy and try to ask myself ~ do I really need that, or do I just really want it? Not just because of the money factor, but because I knew I already had so much that I didn’t need & was just taking up space in my house & in my life. I love Peter on TLC’s Clean Sweep, who says you have to get rid of the old to make room for the new. So true.
Owning a house & the responsibilities that come with it changes one’s perspective, as well. Now, I really try to only buy that which I feel I need because we’ve already had the Sunday afternoon trip to Sears because our hot water heater broke, and I now know how easy it is to have to drop $300 just like that. Now when I shop, it’s for stuff like a compost bin, a wheelbarrow, a weed eater, and fun things like that. (We won’t mention the other e-bay purchases on their way….Honey is going to kill me.)
Thirdly, I have to say that Thursdays are my favorite day. I just love looking forward to Fridays almost as much as Friday’s themselves. And I love the idea of Sundays. Oh, that perfect, elusive Sunday. I imagine myself cuddled in my living room ~ of course, it is fall & there is a fire going, except I don’t have a fireplace nor a woodstove ~ reading magazines, watching movies, relaxing with Honey, Doodles curled at my feet. On this Sunday, I am not worried about chores, or work, or money, or that I’m not a good enough wife, sister, or friend. I am happy, content, & balanced. I am not thinking that I am not taking advantage of this life, not worrying about whether or not we can afford a baby. There is no pressure to get anything done because it is Sunday & I can do whatever I want.
I know that perfect Sunday only exists in my mind, and that the reality of my perfect Sunday is some version of it. If I knew how to relax without feeling guilty, I would. I would not shower & watch HGTV or bad Lifetime movies all day. I used to have that ability. Now, there’s not enough time in the day for me to feel like I’ve accomplished enough to go to bed guilt-free. It freaks me out to think how I will ever manage everything AND a baby if I can’t even keep up now. I honestly don’t know how all you crafty mothers do it.
This particular Thursday, I could do without. I have, I can only hope, PMS. PMS with drastically reduced meds & no birth control pills so my hormones & my brain are completely out of whack. Last month was my first period sans birth control, and it sucked. For over 10 years, I was on the pill & knew exactly what to expect with my body. Now, I have no idea what’s going on, and as my co-worker Mary pointed out, “you hate that”. She knows me so well. To say that I like to know what’s going on & at what time it will be happening is a huge understatement. You’re probably laughing to yourselves right now, thinking I’m in for a rude awakening when I have a baby, right?! Oh, don’t think I don’t know things will change! I just can’t think too much about the extent to which things will change or else I will never have a baby. And if I think about it THIS week, when I’m feeling totally unappreciated & Honey is driving me crazy (couldn’t have anything to do with PMS), I will surely never have a baby!
Do you ever have days where you can’t figure out if it’s you that is speaking normally & it’s the rest of the world that just can’t understand, or if you really are making no sense at all? Seriously.
Last weekend, my mom & I had a garage sale. When Honey & I moved into our house, I quickly realized that we had A LOT of stuff that we didn’t need. I started a pile in the garage of crap to get rid of, and that pile has been growing & taking on a life of its own since last August.
Here’s some shots from us setting up the garage sale. It was truly overwhelming to see all that STUFF. Stuff that I had to have that I rarely or never used. Stuff I had loved & still loved, but was no longer needed. Who needs 8 sets of bedding? I do. But I still sold off most of them. That was probably my biggest letting-go-breakthrough. I love, love, love bedding.
And in my defense, one lady who came said she was told we had the best garage sale of the day. You hear that? My mom & I have the best use crap!
And my sweet mama brought this over last night. I have already read it cover to cover, and I’m sure I will be drawing lots of decorating inspiration from it.
I am a lucky, lucky girl.
love dooce, love chuck, but this is my favorite chuck photo yet.
So I just met Jerry Baldwyn and his wife Jane, & I have to say, they were nice as nice can be. But that’s the way it should be, right? Just because you’re a kajillionaire, doesn’t mean you have to put on airs. One of my co-workers was just falling all over herself trying to impress them & it was all I could do to not say ~ who are you trying to fool?? No one cares!! Maybe if I had seen Brad Pitt when he was here last week I would have been falling over myself, too, but that’s a different story.
I asked Jerry & Jane if they were here on a cruise, and Jerry said ~ A small boat, you know; just 8 of us.
I am sure that the “small boat” he refers to is probably a yacht who’s dingy is fancier than any boat I’ll ever hope to own.
Anyway, I just like it when the rich-folk act like the rest of us little people & wanted to share.