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May Goals & Ridiculous Shopping Exploits

May 26, 2009

I’ve been trying to be… generally more aware of things in my life. It’s a general goal, with some subgoals related to finances, money, relationships, personal time, and the like. Considering May is just about over, a brief reflection on my goals for May (Originally posted here):

Save more / Spend less… A miserable failure that was compounded by Memorial Day Sales this weekend. Need to re-think budgeting for June. Most of my money goes to eating out, books, and clothes. If I’m really going to save more / spend less it’s going to have to be a whole-lifestyle-decision. I’m not entirely sure if I’m ready for that level of commitment considering one of the reasons why I am delaying any major life decisions is to have fun and not have to worry about such things.

Loose 4 lbs… Success! From the first of May to currently I have lost four pounds. I’m currently at my lowest weight that I’ve been in… oh gods know how long. Before puberty.

Consume less alcohol… Success! I think I had maybe one or two drinks the entire month.

Take vitamins every day… Success! Calcium (& Magnesium/VitD), Women’s General, & acidophilus. The latter is as an infection preventative as my body gets used to the nuva ring.

Spend more time with friends… Success? Perhaps? I don’t know this one really isn’t quantitative.

Get re-started on the current knitting project… Success! I am currently half way through Chart C on the blanket that I am making (if you look at this picture, I’m roughly almost done with the flower part of the center). Now that I’m on a roll, this pattern is moving really quickly, I might even wrap it up next month, what with all these damned graduations and other such family things that I need to go to.

Musings on June goals to follow when May is actually over.

I spent Saturday with Kiwi, which included an impromptu three hour nap in the middle of the afternoon. It’s ridiculous, I don’t know what it is about cuddling with him but if it doesn’t lead to sex it leads to me falling promptly asleep. Some context? I don’t nap. I’ve never been able to nap, I’m one of those unfortunate people who is usually more grumpy after naps than I was beforehand. But pretty regularly I fall asleep either in the middle of the afternoon or really early in the evening at his house. It’s like – warm and cuddly and zzzz. It does lead to random spurts of energy around one in the morning, which either leads to mid-sleep sex or me cooking raspberry breakfast bars at one in the morning (or both, as the case may be).
The breakfast bars came out okay (or were well received at the following morning’s picnic, anyway), but I really liked the Brown Sugar Bundt Cake recipe (a recipe that I got from a co-worker who got it from this book, which is a book that I will have to buy after my self-imposed ban on book buying) that I made Friday night. It’s probably one of the favorite things I’ve made so far, filled with buttery brown sugar & pear goodness. It might have inspired me to actually buy a bundt pan, so now I’ll just have to make tons of brown sugar bundts to justify the purchase.

Thanks to memorial day sales, I now own two camis (black & forest green, ann taylor loft, $25), a pair of shorts (gap, $25), an endless supply of little black thongs (Victoria Secret – 10 pairs / $25), and a club-date-night halter top (in black, banana republic, $30) which was purchased solely to show off my shoulder and back tattoos.
(It’s weird, looking in the mirror when I wear clothes that show off my back and my shoulder – I look Tattooed. An odd aspect of my identity that I wasn’t expecting to encounter.)
In short? I spent my Memorial Day Weekend doing my patriotic duty to single handily save the economy through rampant consumerism.

I mentioned that I failed miserably at the save-more-spend-less goal, didn’t I? That’s not even going into the money I spent on eating out and books (1, 2, 3 – I need more books like I need a hole in the head) this weekend. The good news is that I am completely done with my spring/summer wardrobe. No more buying clothes until fall. Books on the other hand, will take more self-restraint.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2009 10:33 pm

    If you can’t seem to reach your goals from the perspective of abstinence, what about abundance?

    “I will get three books _from the library_ every week,” for instance.

    “I will find new and creative ways to use the clothing I have – inspiring at least one new outfit every two weeks.”

    “I will use my extended network to find excellent bundt recipes (like one in a certain Moosewood Desserts cookbook I can think of), to forestall purchasing this very desirable desserts book.”

    “I will save ___insert smallish amount here___ from each paycheck and pretend it does not exist.”

    …that’s a bit overkill with suggestions, but that’s the type of thing that I find I can follow – if it smells like, looks like, feels like, or seems like deprivation, I can’t seem to wrap my head around it to do it.

    • aelphaba permalink*
      May 27, 2009 8:27 am

      Oh, I do all those things, but there are a few kinks in those specific suggestions.
      – I am rarely home when the library is open.
      – The new clothes are mostly because until recently I had no summer clothes that fit me – last summer’s clothes were a size 14, I am currently an 8/10.
      – Cookbook thing, good idea, though I still lust after that particular dessert book.
      – 30% of my paycheck already goes directly to savings.

      (Thank you though! -hugs-)

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