You guys, I need to re-prioritize. After reading In Mint Condition's post about how being part of the finance blogging community helps her to stay focused, I realized that I kind of need to that too. I've been bending the rules more than following them lately. This blog isn't about feeling bad or guilty or anything, but I want to start using it to make myself more accountable for this sort of thing.
So Rule #10 - only buying secondhand clothes, to a maximum of $100/month, has been bent a few times.
And I thought there was a rule about no internet shopping, but when I looked, I didn't see it there. So I just added it, since I've been thinking I've been bending it for awhile, too. Anyway, there are other reasons that will help me stick to this one - since I have a teeny-tiny mailbox in my building, I've been using the work address for my deliveries and that makes me even more accountable - the fact that people I work with will be seeing how much stuff I order makes me more driven to order less stuff.
And then on the groceries front, I have been buying lots of hot weather food - i.e. popsicles, watermelon, pasta salad ingredients. I also have not yet tallied up my receipts from June, partially because I know I went over again and I don't want to have to think about that.
|I don't want to let Gail Vaz-Oxlade down!|
... also, I'm kind of scared of her.
So, anyway, yesterday I was looking around a store when I came upon a cute bottle of nail polish. And I was carrying this around in my hand when I came across an OK-looking sundress (note: this was relative cuteness at its worst - the dress wasn't even that nice, but it was on sale and better than anything else there).
Anyway, I was thinking, "Oh, maybe I'll try on the dress," but it was on a high hanger and I tried to reach it when... the nail polish fell from my hand, shattered on the floor, and went oozing Austin-tacious Turquoise all over the floor.
|How cute is this colour? So sparkley and summery and mermaidy.|
Also looks very striking pooled on a concrete floor.
Kind of smelly, though. And hard to clean up.
After doing the nice thing (finding a sales clerk to let her know, and she was so sweet and didn't make me pay for the nail polish), my first thought was "Hmm... now how can I get that dress to try on when they're cleaning the nail polish?" but then quickly my new detox brain was like, "IT'S A SIGN, GET OUT, DON'T BUY DRESSES TODAY," and I did not buy a dress. (I did, however, buy another bottle of the nail polish because - hello, it's cute).
(Note: a surprising amount of people passed by the nail polish carnage and asked, "What's that?" in a confused voice and when they were told "Nail polish," were like, "But it's blue!" Like, where have you been since 1997 since Chanel introduced the limited edition Night Sky nail polish, and ever since then blue nail polish has been totally mainstream?)
|Chanel's Ciel de Nuit|
This was totally on my Christmas list in 1997, but they were sold out!
My lovely sister got me a different colour, which is the only bottle of Chanel polish I have ever owned.
(Also: Chanel Night Sky (Ciel de Nuit) was invented by a teen in a contest with Seventeen magazine. Can you imagine the prestige of being the teenager who won a Seventeen/Chanel nail polish colour inventing contest? I would DIE with the HONOUR!)
So, I need to BALANCE things better. Maybe some sort of spending fast, like Carla did at My Half Dozen Daily. I mean, if she can do that with four children, I can do it with just myself. ... Right? Oh, and I just saw that Sharon at My Year of Spending Less is doing it too. Maybe for one week, I can do this. Starting... on Sunday. Stay tuned.
In other news - I went out today in the daytime with no bug repellent and got no bites! The secret seems to be: hide indoors between 5pm and 9am. And avoid any areas with trees or nature. Tomorrow I'm going to try the vanilla, though.