In my quest to single-handedly save the world through my thoughtfulness and frugality and recycling and and being careful? I think I'M the economic stimulus. Didn't mean to be but it has crossed my mind in the past week that there might should be a breathalyzer on eBay.
I'm just sayin'.
You know about the refrigerator dying. What was REALLY funny was that the one I ordered? That I sent back? The second one was $300 cheaper and they wrote me a check for the difference. Oh, yeah. Like I'm gonna mention that? Do I LOOK stupid? So I have this extra cash in my account, and I'm looking around.
Background here...my ONLY extravagance in my entire life has always been a good camera. A really good camera. Not the BEST camera but a good camera that captures moments to a tee. So three weeks ago, I broke down (actually I didn't break down...I had two margaritas at lunch and this is at my margarita HAUNT and they love me and my margaritas are NOT yellow. They're brown. If you don't know what that means? That's okay. You didn't buy a Nikon SLR at lunch.) and I bought the Nikon SLR I have been coveting for over a year. Just walked in and bought that sucker. I LOVE THIS CAMERA. Absolutely LOVE this camera.
The problem is that the REASON I wanted this camera is that it takes spectacular sports shots and I have a spectacular sports child. Except? THE LENS I NEED COSTS MORE THAN THE CAMERA. What I needed is a 70-300 mm lens. Oh, yeah. They are just GIVING those away. So I haunted eBay and I checked out CraigsList (carefully) and I haunted Amazon and...no one was coming off the price of that lens.
So I bought it anyway.
And then, while I was at it, I bought a monogramming sewing machine so that my kids will stop losing all their stuff...particularly their nice little Catholic school UNIFORM stuff which, trust me, doesn't come cheap.
So...in the past six weeks I've bought two new sets of tires and had the front-end bouncy things in my car replaced. I've bought a camera, a lens and a refrigerator. The world is going to hell in a handbasket, our retirement is down 35% but BY GEORGE. I have cold milk. I have great pictures. And I have a sewing machine I don't know how to use.
The Great American Dream. You gotta love it.