Archive for the 'Materialism' Category

Not Tonight, Dear…

Monday, March 28th, 2011

…I have a headache.

Really, I do. It feels like someone’s pressing a ping-pong ball into my right temple. Not excruciatingly painful, but uncomfortable nonetheless.


Why is March almost over? Where did it go? I tell you, this parenting thing takes up a whole lot of one’s time. They should have mentioned that in the manual.


Well. I *am* going to bed shortly, but I did want to let you know that you should come back on April first, especially if you like free stuff. I’ll have some news for you, so see you then!

(And neither will you be a fool, nor will it be a trick! I promise!)


Places To Go, People To Do…

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

…or somethin’ like that.

Well, it’s the end of an era. The Starr-mobile will be going back to the dealership on Friday morning. In the meantime, I’ve got an errand or two to run, so I shall enjoy my wheels for another day. Yes, I shall probably be slightly whiny and irritating for a short while after Friday, but it will pass. (We don’t want to annoy everybody, now, do we??)

But for now, let me crank up the tunage and hit the open road. Ciao for now!

Not Pennypinching

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

We here in Northern Canuckland (and it actually appears to be a North American entity, I think) have a great little thrift store chain called Value Village. It runs along the same lines as Goodwill and other places like that. People drop off their unwanted goods and said goods are then sold to raise money for whichever charity the company supports. (Honestly, I’m not sure what those are, I suppose I could investigate more thoroughly but I’m not inclined to do so at the moment.)

Anyhoo. I never used to be a fan of thrift store shopping, and honestly, the idea was slightly repugnant. (Ick. People’s used stuff? No thanks.) But the time came when I was rapidly losing weight and I didn’t want to pay retail prices for clothing that I might end up only wearing for a short period of time. (The same went for when I put some weight back on, too.) That, and there were months that were leaner financially than others, which meant that I needed to be creative with spending.

Subsequently, this became a foray into thrift store shopping. And frankly, I kind of like the treasure-hunt appeal to it all. Because it’s like any other kind of second-hand shopping (yard sales, etc.) — you usually need to dig for a while before you hit the buried treasure. Today, I discovered that our store has a “handicrafts” section and I was able to get a pair of seemingly new knitting needles for cheap. I also picked up some t-shirts to be used for crafting purposes, and I found a kitchen fruit/veggie chopper thingy still in its original box. Pretty darned cool. There was a cool purse I spotted that still had its retail store tag attached to it, and was only $6, but I refrained. (Good of me, huh?)

I can understand, too, why some teenagers also dig thrifting. All sorts of brand name labels can be found for a fraction of retail price, if you dig hard enough. Aeropostale, American Eagle, Gap, Old Navy, you name it.

So does that mean everything is a gem? Nope, not in the least. That’s why it’s considered digging — because for every diamond you find, you’ve got to paw through dozens of chunks of rock. My only complaint is our one store is on the other side of town, a good 25-30-minute drive from home. Obviously I can’t justify running there on a regular basis, but when I do go, I usually have pretty good luck.

Do you have a hidden treasure near you?

Up To The Tits In Pterydactyls

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

…as the saying goes.

At the moment, I am doing some research on a couple of things that I’m not going to mention here on ye auld blog (sorry, faithful readers…all will be revealed in time), and again I am cursing the wonder of the Interwebs.

Sure, it’s a great place for finding general information that you need, but it’s also a wide-open forum for every Tom, Dick and Jackass to spout their Very Important Opinions. Do you know how difficult it makes things for a poor li’l ole gal like myself to make decisions when I have to wade through the morass of Public Opinion? Ugh. It’s amazing to discover something new, but it loses some of the impact when one has to do some slogging to get there.

I suppose I shouldn’t complain. Most of the time, teh Interweebs are my friend. I just need the occasional reality check to keep me in line.

Hey! Where’d my sun go? The morning until now was beautiful…! And now it seems the clouds have rolled in once again. Oh, well. I’m off to get back to werk. Ciao.

To Dream, The (Hopefully Not) Impossible Dream…

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Sometimes, thinking about what we’d like to have in our lives — and I’m talking big-ticket items, here — can be a kind of motivator. I’m not entirely convinced it will help me increase my book output this year, but it’s fun looking, regardless.

So in that vein, here are a few of my dreambuilding choices.

  1. I’ll take one of these, probably red like this, or some other funky colour, with tinted windows and all the bells and whistles.
  2. And then something like one of these, complete with one of these, preferrably off the back deck.
  3. Then, I would like to indulge in some of this, and this, and this, on a regular basis.
  4. One of these would be fun — so we can play Wii, entertain and have movie nights.
  5. Lastly (at least for now), some fun for the kidlet (and the grownups, too!) — I think maybe one of these and one of these would be great.

Oh, c’mon. It’s not called “dreambuilding” for nothing, right? It’s all about figuring out just what sort of boot in one’s pants one might need to get going.

Yes, I’m listening to myself. Honest.

In the meantime, though, I think I’ll go look at the pictures once more… :)

Free To A Good Home

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Anybody out there use “recycling” websites/groups like Freecycle?

I’m considering dipping my toes into the Freecycle pool (well, technically, I guess I already have, because I answered a request for an item that I actually own and don’t use). It seems to be for those things that don’t sell at a yard sale, but still have life left in them, and you don’t want to consign them to a future in a local landfill.

Frankly, I think it’s a great idea. I’ve already come up with a couple of things I plan to post to see if they’ll go. They’re just taking up room in the basement, and we’re not using the items, so somebody should get some use out of them, if they want. Why not?

I think over the winter, too, as we’re sorting through items for a spring yard sale, I may  post things that likely won’t move if parked on a table in our driveway.

Anyway. Back to my question. Do you use these sorts of sites, and do you have any success with them? Inquiring minds would like to know!

Mine! Mine! Mine!

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

I NEED this. You have no idea. The very thought of it makes me all squirmy with excitement.

The only question is, where’s the Turbo Boost button…?!?

*Note: While I SAY I need it, I don’t actually NEED it. It’s just one of those things that I’d get if I had wads of cash to blow on anything. Yanno?

Hat tip to the bro for informing me of this device’s existence. :)

Not Necessarily High Fashion

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

God, I love Tar-jay.

I know, I know. You ‘Merican friends are probably mentally just tut-tutting and patting me on the head. But it’s true.

Following a trail of internet links tonight, chasing after something else, I ended up on the Target website. I really, really wish we had Tar-jay up here in Canuckland. I think I’d shop there all the time. The clothing looks really rather cool, and they’ve got such neat stuff in the stores. And the prices are so good.

In fact, we’re not even close enough to the border anywhere to put a Target store within a decent drive time, which makes me rather sad. The exchange rate being what it is, it would even be worth it to make a special trip. Yanno? I’m not a fan of ol’ Wally-World, and I choose not to shop there if I can help it, but if we had a Target store, I’d be in there all the time.

Oh, well. What are you gonna do? I guess I’ll have to save my pennies for a future trip across the border.

Where do you love to shop, or wish you could shop? Spill! :)

Mom’s Day

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Happy belated to all the Maternal ones out there! Anybody get burnt pancakes or toast, or inexplicable breakfast items?

I didn’t. :)

Anyhoo. Success was in the air today, en route home — a quick stop at a dress boutique yielded one outfit for the upcoming weddings! Yay! I’m rather pleased. Of course, I don’t have shoes that would match, so that means shoe shopping is also in order… hehe.

This takes a little bit of stress off — now I have a bigger window in which to shop for a secondary outfit for the second wedding. W00T!

Well, several late nights in a row mean I’m going to crash now. (For the second time this evening. Oops.)

Catch you on the flip side!

Gettin’ The Low-Down

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

So. Here’s the scoop:

I have made my selection, signed my John Hancock on the dotted line, and paid some of my hard-earned moolah.

But I still have no car.

Problem is, my choice is so popular, they apparently can’t keep ‘em on the lot. The day I called to make an appointment to come in and sign the papers, the one the dealership had on the lot was sold. Then the other one they were going to bring in as a dealer trade from another dealership nearby was sold. So now there’s a hunt on for another one.

Which means that instead of picking my car up tomorrow as planned, it now may be Monday.


Nothing like making things complicated, huh?

That’s okay, though. They owe me a car. Everything’s already arranged, so they just need to find one and get it to me. That’s all I ask for. That’s not too much, is it?

ps. No, I’m not telling you what it is. You get to wait until I can have a picture taken with it so I can post it on the blog. Then you’ll get the 411. Needless to say, I’m excited. I really, really like it so far. (Of course, talk to me after a few weeks to see if I’ve changed my mind… :)