Goodwill haunting

IMG_0060[1]There is a Goodwill Superstore right by our church, and every Sunday we stop in to check out a few important sections. David heads to the board games; I check out the Target housewares and look in the stationery section for Creative Memories stuff; and Quinland… actually, Q would rather be left in the car, so he comes in reluctantly (and I am not even sure where he goes first). He drags his feet and whines, “Why are we here? We don’t need more stuff!”

He is right, of course. We don’t need it. Our house is filled and overfilled with board games and housewares and scrapbooking supplies. But we have a habit, a rut we can’t get out of, an addiction to the thrill of the bargain find. So we find ourselves heading through those doors with our blue cart, again and again.

I try to rationalize it: I will only get things we need. Light bulbs. Clothes hangers. A bathroom scale. Curtains. These are all things I have purchased at Goodwill lately, and they are all things we needed and will use. But – worst of all – I get sucked into the book section every. single. time… and I can never seem to get out empty-handed.

My loot today: a Louisa May Alcott anthology (of her adult writings! I had never seen it!), some pre-WWII copies of Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom (I don’t have that edition of those!), a book on re-wiring lamps (a task I need to do!), a January 1947 Sunset magazine (wow, what cool ads!), and – oh, the irony – another book on organizing. One, in fact, that I have previously owned (and previously donated to Goodwill myself, essentially unread).

Don’t worry, though – this is the new expanded edition! I’m sure it’s guaranteed to get me that much more organized (at which time it, too, will go back to its home away from home… and mine).


Cyber Monday has come and gone… without me

Amazon Cardboard Boxes

It’s five minutes past midnight. I have missed Cyber Monday.

Not for lack of trying. Oh, no. I surfed websites at lunch and on the bus ride home (Thanks, smartphone!). I looked through catalogs. I read all the advertising emails in my inbox looking for great deals.

I found some great deals. Still, I did not buy a thing.

I’m sitting here asking myself why I didn’t pull the trigger. I could have gotten a big chunk of my Christmas shopping done. I could have packages flying through the air to me in the next few days, all ready for me to wrap them up in holiday goodness.

Some years, I might have beaten myself up about this. “Argh! I am such a procrastinator! Why didn’t I do this? What is wrong with me?”

Not this year. This year, I know better. There is nothing wrong with me. In fact, there is something very, very right: I decided not to succumb to the pressure of an externally-imposed deadline.

If there was not some particular thing I needed to buy today, then I didn’t need to shop today. I can shop tomorrow. Or this weekend, or in a week or two. The holidays will still be there. The shops will still want my business. I didn’t need a big sale, a false urgency, to dictate when I purchase the gifts I’ll be giving this year. I will get them when I am ready.

Yes, I might have some small regrets. I might not save quite as much. I might miss some real deals. But that is the price I was willing to pay to have gotten through this shopping weekend with my sense of self-worth unscathed. (I did hit the mall on Friday, but for two specific things, neither of which were on sale, and which I was planning to buy anyway.)

I missed Cyber Monday… and I am so glad I did.

xo – Lori

Daily Check-In: (or semi-weekly check-in, at this rate!)

I’m grateful for my family for putting up with the mess I have created in the house this week. It’s very much the “storm before the calm;” things will be better when I am done, but it looks terrible now!

I’m also grateful, of course, for the photo by Akira Ohgakie.

Off to the Depots

Counting stupid things

We have been in dire need of printer ink and printer paper for quite some time.

This is one of those weird things that I put off for some reason. Why do I procrastinate on something so straightforward? It’s not as though I don’t like going to Office Depot! I love that place. I could walk up and down the aisles for an hour and be perfectly content. (Not to mention the whole getting-something-I-need aspect.)

Thanks to a homework project of Quinland’s that had to get printed tonight, I headed off to Office Depot. Finally, we would have ink and paper. Imagine! The ability to print… Ahhhh!

Sure enough, I had a good time while I was there. I got my paper (Buy 2, get 1 free!), found my ink, chatted to the sales guy about laptop specials, checked out desk-and-hutch combos, and drooled over the fresh lot of calendars for 2013. Oh, how I love calendars. I talked myself out of getting one, though. First off, they charge an arm and a leg! Pricing a calendar at $14.99 should be a crime. I am 99.9% certain I can get a perfectly serviceable one at Dollar Tree for $1.00. Secondly, I have my lovely Moleskine calendar, so I don’t need to succumb to the allure of the new. Sadly.

After that fun excursion, I still had the shopping bug.  Luckily, our local Office Depot is conveniently located across a big parking lot from a little place we call the Home of Pot. (Translated from the Spanish: Home DePot, see?) But strangely, nothing there really sucked me in. I need to have an actual project in the works to know what to buy, and that won’t be happening for a while. I did gape at granite countertops, page through Before & After magazine spreads, and wonder why they have all their Christmas stuff out so early… but I did not buy. I was proud of myself. Good job, me!

xo – Lori

Daily Check-In:

I’m grateful that it did not rain today, so we were able to get an entire can of yard debris stuffed to overflowing.

I’m also grateful, of course, for the photo by kennymatic.