Word Count This Morning: 794 - Novel
Have you ever noticed how that really expensive pair of shoes or the gadget that promises to change your life never really makes you that happy? You might get a buyer's high, but it never lasts. Lately, I've been trying to make a conscious effort to avoid falling into this trap again. I keep thinking of that juicer I spent good money on a few years ago. It's sitting in my closet right now. I thought it would make me feel good. I'd drink fresh juice every day. Yeah, well it's a pain to clean, loud, and takes up too much space. Or my Clairsonic Mia? What an overrated piece of junk. That was one of the dumbest, most expensive purchases I've ever made.
I buy this popcorn from the gas station on my way home from work, maybe once or twice a week. It's salty, satisfying, and at ~500 calories for the entire bag (which is pretty large), I don't feel too guilty treating myself to it as compared to alternatively eating a comparably sized bag of potato chips. I like to eat this stuff just as I start on my commute home, and turn on this podcast....
...The Weekly Planet. Two Australians talking comic books, movies, and more or less anything nerdy that strikes their fancy (a lot of Star Wars and Batman). They have a great repartee, better than most podcasts. I don't know how they don't have more of a sponsorship. I listen to a lot of podcasts, but I keep coming back to this one because I can depend on it for a laugh.
This blanket! This is the most expensive item on my list at $30 from REI, but I love it so much. It's just the right size. It's warm and fuzzy. And I use it all the time so the price per use ratio is low. I don't know why it makes me happy. Maybe because it does it's job and does it well. It's just a damn good blanket.
I got a Turbie Twist for Christmas one year (~$6 from CVS) and it ended up being my favorite present. I know I look really ugly in it, but it keeps my head warm after my shower. I don't even care that I look like an old lady in it. T seems to sense this too, so even though I can tell he doesn't like how it looks, he's never given me a hard time about it.
And of course used books are just the best. You can't beat a $1.50 copy of The Second Sex or The Right Stuff.
What random items make you the happiest and cost practically nothing at all?