It turns out that in the wintertime I crave two things: carbohydrates and unnecessary purchases. Nothing brightens a dull winter day like a trip to Target to pick up some miscellaneous items like clothing, accessories, or household decorations.
I gave into temptation the other day when Bill and I went to Target without Nathan. It seemed like a special occasion because we were alone, and I felt like buying something to commemorate the occasion. I can talk a big game about less consumption, but I still crave that high that comes from new acquisitions (and carbs).
That day I bought:
- Some pajama bottoms: They are so fun and bright and winter-fighting! I swore I would not buy pajamas, since I'm getting by just fine with my old standard pants and free giveaway t-shirts, and it's not like anybody ever sees them, but it's just ... I just ... I get so sick of the usual pajama bottoms over and over and over again. It's not even like I change my general pajama wardrobe seasonally like I do with my daytime clothes (Nathan's term); I just wear the same pajamas year-round.
- Two pairs of socks: Again, fun and bright! And my other socks were mostly getting thin and/or holey, so I guess it was okay to buy more. Each pair was on sale for $1.50, too.
- Pens: They're PaperMate InkJoy, which promises to make writing "effortless." I imagine the Great American Novel will just pour out of me, now that writing is so effortless, and then I can easily justify the purchase of a $5 pack of pens. But seriously, I swore I wouldn't buy pens anymore. I have plenty of pens, both ones I paid for and ones I got free. But, as you know, I'm a bit picky about my pen choices, and all the ones I had were irritating to me. You can't be making grocery lists and conducting other important business with irritating pens, right?
Then, while at the grocery store, I bought these flowers:
Aaand ... these flowers:
And it's not like I'm saying that any of this constitutes extravagance. It's just that I'm disturbed by this strong urge I have to still buy stuff. I truly didn't need any of the above-mentioned items. A real minimalist would have been able to find 6 other ways to use something she already had before buying new stuff.
I know, I know, these things take time.
Meanwhile, I'm going strong in the reusable department. I'm rocking the cloth napkins, and I'm getting more and more comfortable with dishtowels as a substitute for paper towels (in most situations). I have been saving the paper sleeves from Starbucks cups, and I saved the plastic sheaths that the flowers came in. Also, I am almost exclusively using cloth shopping bags, even at non-grocery stores, which I still find a tiny bit embarrassing. Leia says pish-posh: