Monday, May 04, 2009

Multiple Choice Monday - T Plus 6 Months

May 4, 2009

As of couple of days ago, I discovered that I really, really, really like writing multiple choice questions. I should have been a teacher. Multiple choice is where it's at... all those options to one measly problem.

To embrace this new-found passion, I will dedicate Mondays (from now until I get tired of it) to a predicament, quandary or impasse. And more importantly, the many heinous options for solving the predicament, quandary or impasse.

April 30, 2009 was T Plus 6 Months for the Consumer Cleanse. I have made it 6 whole months. (In case you're new around here, I'll recap. This Consumer Cleanse began when I realized I'm consuming unnecessary crap and vowed to excise the self-fulfilled consuming for the duration of one year. This means no clothes, gear, gadgets, electronics, magazines, books, home furnishings, etc. Running shoes, makeup and music for myself were listed as buy able. I could still purchase gifts and necessities for family members and friends.)

I know what you're thinking... you're thinking, that plus should be a minus, as in T minus 6 months. In this situation, however, that minus hasta be a plus because I have more money in the bank now. (Might only be a dollar more, but it's more nonetheless.)

Through it all, I've learned a bunch about myself. You want in on my knowledge?

I'm an emotionally impulsive spender. I buy useless crap to distract myself from the immediate emotion. Hungry? Buy something you don't need. Depressed? Buy something you don't want. Anxious? Buy something that needs dusting. Giddy? Buy something ugly. Forlorn? Buy something to watch. Bored? Buy something cute to run in. Overwhelmed? Buy something to read. Excited? Buy something to wear to the prom. Angry? Buy a weapon.

I buy stuff because it's cheap. Oh look, a sweater on sale. Buy it. Add it to the 30 you already don't wear. Look. Pretty jewelry. It's cheap. Don't have anything to wear it with, but who cares! It's cheap!

Shopping is a big fat waste of time. Don't get me wrong. I love to waste time. I'm wasting time right now. The other day, I spent a good two hours aligning that goofy show Lost to the Twelve Sons of Jacob (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin ) - complete with character comparisons and scripture references. Typed myself up a real nice report. That was entertaining. Shopping is not. Shopping involves money, parking, rudeness, people who don't smile and whiny kids (even when you don't take your own). The topper? Aside from calculating that 30% off, shopping lacks intellectual stimulation.

With six months under the belt, I must admit a couple of cheats and display the greatest temptation. Cheats: I bought Spouse the 4th season of Lost - as a gift - because I couldn't wait for Netflix. (Renting it from Blockbuster would cost more than buying it, by the way). I bought headphones when mine broke. I bought a pair of skanky shorts in Florida so that I could eat in a restaurant. (We were 2 hours away from the hotel and all I had was a wet swimsuit. The shorts have since been donated.) I bought a book (essential to my mental well-being) because the library didn't carry it.

The greatest temptation? This sweatshirt:


Darth and I are tight. We have similar personalities.

Now for the multiple choice: With six months of somewhat-consumer-free living, what should I do now?

A) Keep on going. It ain't so bad.

B) Quit. It's spring now. Like Spouse says, "They always have such cute things in the Spring."

C) Sneak out, blow a few and don't tell anyone.

D) Exclude Emoticon Photography from the consumer cleanse. Buy the Canon 5d Mark II and a 50mm 1.2 elle you ess emme. Can you say full frame (CMOS sensor) and wide open (aperture)? Say it. Full frame and wide open.

E) The blog needs a facelift. Buy a customized header from Megan at Knuckle Headers.


Julia said...

I'm way proud of you on your cleanse. And congrats on getting into the St. George again. It sounds like it was worth all 25 hours. And I liked the tribute to female runners. Hopefully I will be a runner again soon, and maybe this time, I'll actually run a race of substantial mileage before I become with-child again. ;)

The petulant ninny said...

So when you say donated, you mean in a pile that you intend to take to be donated some day?

Not gone gone never to be ogled again!?!!!

Becca said...

I think I like the new multiple choice thing! And I say D sounds like a pretty good option. Besides, it's justifiable--it gives you an opportunity to make more money not to spend!

meg said...

I vote A. Stick with it! I so admire that you've been able to contemplate, let alone do, this thing. Even though I'd enjoy doing a header for you.

Brian said...

Where is F, All of the Above? 'cuz that's what I would do.

The MacMizzles said...

Hmmmm. I choose A.

Why? I haven't bought any clothes in the entire weight loss journey. My goal, to see just how creative I can be. I am close to 50 pounds and 4 sizes. Every time I put on my altered clothing it makes me giggle. AND! It keeps me from defining all the changes in myself through superficial things. The change started from inside.

And, if I know you, you will not want to justify b-d.

Winder said...

I say D! I don't have a real reason. I just want you to have it.

Staci said...

Definitely D with one caveat--you should take pictures of all of the things you wanted to buy but didn't. Thus proving how much good the consumer cleanse is doing.

tom lindsey said...

Attending school in England Gandhi set out to decrease his expenses by half. Once attained he realized that plain living saved him time and began a careful examination of how and where he spent his time. He of course goes overboard but there are lessons to be learned.