i have been enforcing weird little time-outs on things lately. not doing something for a week or longer, to kind of evaluate how it affects me. this pay period i'm not buying anything on the internet. i realized that i buy a lot of weird, random items while on-line, and i probably don't need all of them. i thought, "i'll not do it for two weeks and see what happens." thus far i have resisted buying some books, music, tshirts, and craft items. this means i am reading books i have around the house (of which there are a billion), working on projects i've already started, and wearing clothes i already own. surprise, surprise: my bank account is happier. twenty dollars here or there seems like nothing, but taken all together, it ends up being a chunk of cash.
i also brought my lunch to work every day this week. even if you only spend $5 a day on a sandwich, that is also money that adds up quickly. being financially prudent isn't exactly fun, but my bank account is happy.
shawl over a month ago and haven't touched it because it looked hard. for real. i'm a baby. the girlchild had a sleepover the other evening, and i started it then, because i was hiding out in my room to give them space and full reign over the tv. (i can't stomach that new 90210, it's sooooo tawdry and terrible!) it takes a lot of concentration and patience, and i'm actually really enjoying it. it's full of short rows and stripes, and it's using up all the bits of worsted yarn i have in my stash.