@Lily Rowan HA I was totally about to comment that I'd *never* wait more than 15 minutes for a restaurant, but I've DEFINITELY waited 30 minutes in the Shake Shack line. I guess I do have my priorities.
Ooooh that purse is awesome!! I love it. My last strategy was searching through ebay for old ("vintage") Coach purses. I got a really nice crossbody one in the exact shade of chocolate brown I'd been searching for for about $40... way cheaper than a new Coach purse, but with their nice quality and construction PLUS without all the logo patterns and decorative buckles and whatnot that seems to be their current style.
It was definitely strategic to dismiss you all right before the meal, but if it helps, everyone they chose to feed was probably going to be working at least another six hours out in the cold! @garli SAG won't do anything automatically on your behalf, but you can apply for membership (which involves a $3000 initiation fee + annual fees) after you've worked a certain number of background jobs.
I am a Maximizer by nature, BUT I recently had a really fun day where I gathered all the random gift cards (mostly remainders) I had lying around and made it my MISSION to spend them all in a single day. I found an area that had all the stores I needed, and wandered around just trying to find the best thing that cost around $3.56 or $10 or $7.82, satisficer-style. I ended up with a pretty decent haul at the end of the day, and I only spent about $7 of my actual money.
On the rare occasions I have TRIED to be an Ester and just ~go with the flow~, I end up with five days of black undershirts, black shirts, black cardigans, black pants, and black shoes. My inner goth totally breaks free unless I consciously plan out my outfits for each day.
@Lily YES I've been proselytizing this book to anyone who will listen/can't escape from me!! It's so good. I got it right before Christmas—luckily I had mostly asked for things that sparked joy for me...
On Tax Season
The humblest brag: One time I took my self-prepared taxes to H&R Block (for their free "double-check" thing) and the lady was so impressed with my work and so disheartened with my meager income that she said I should quit my current job and get licensed as an accountant instead.
@muggles Annnnnd I just recognized the (non)irony of that response paired with my literal Malfoy icon
Happy only child here: My mom tells me that friends/strangers used to coo and ask Young Me, "Oh, don't you wish you had a little brother or sister to play with?" And I would always respond with a resounding, "NOPE!"
My boyfriend doesn't drink so I have to be feeling REALLY fancy to order a bottle just for me! It has... definitely happened.