@i'llnamemypuppyavonbarks Interesting that that's a way to stop the questioning! I need to think of an answer that will do that for times when I don't care to elaborate. I love what I do but sometimes I don't want to get into a whole long explanation about it, and when you say "I'm a writer" people will ALWAYS ask more. I'm a bad liar so I haven't figured out a way to deflect, but maybe I should just say "I'm an accountant" or something.
I remember reading the comment in the original post and having a light bulb moment. I am more of the type who likes to *think* having the perfect appliance would make me into that other person I want to be, so it actually helped get rid of some shopper's envy for me. I do not need those things! They will not make me suddenly domestic!
Yessss. I would pay down credit card debt asap but the need for liquidity is why I never feel bad about not paying down my student loans or mortgage faster than I need to.
This is SO RELEVANT to my interests. I have literally been on the hunt for a good leather jacket (would be my first ever) for months, and because it would be a splurge on something quality I need it to be PERFECT. I am okay buying multiple other types of jackets but if I do leather it has to be The One. But all the real, good quality leather jackets aren't exactly the style I want, and I found the jacket online that IS the style I want but it's faux! (At $120 it is too expensive to employ the "oh it's fake so it's cheap" rationale.) So I have been hesitating on pulling the trigger for weeks now. Every day I will stare at the shopping cart, wondering whether to hit "buy." This post has helped me feel less abnormal about it but has not helped in making a decision!
I have much awe for people who can live like this and make it work, but just reading this both exhausts me and stresses me out.
Wasted wine is a sad, sad thing. Sympathy pangs here. Although Rodney Strong is not a sad wine! Maybe I have not developed fancy wine tastebuds yet but in my house that's a solid pick (considering I try to pay less than $10 at Trader Joe's, which often tastes just as good as stuff twice as pricey elsewhere).
@Vicky I love fennel! Sliced raw in salads is my favorite way to eat them, with the fronds chopped up and added to the vinaigrette. Or if you want it cooked, I sautee it with olive oil and lemon juice, and you can add other vegetables if you like.
@Beaks That is what I do with my kale! That huge bunch of kale is a lot less daunting once it's been shrunk down to a fraction of its size in the pan. I just sautee with garlic and add lemon zest and it's done.
There is just no good system for dental care out there! I could get dental insurance tacked on to my health insurance, but it's absurd to have to pay $40 a month and then get stuck on a 12-month "waiting period" before I even qualify for benefits! WTF. I was really bad about skipping dental checkups for most of my twenties and I paid for it with a really expensive root canal and crown this year ($3K, ouuuuch), but on the other hand if I'd paid for dental insurance all that time I would have paid that much in premiums AND still had to cover most of the crown work anyway. I've decided to go uninsured and just pay out of pocket. And take really, really, paranoidedly good care of my teeth from now on.
I know "Angeleno" isn't the greatest city-denizen-describing word, but "Los Angelesman"? Ack!