Friday, September 19, 2014

When You Were Young

I heard it most recently on my bestest show "Criminal Minds". The entertaining Dr Spencer Reid articulated that when you are in adolescence around ages 14-16 you formulate many of the likes, dislikes and preferences you will have and keep for the rest of your life.

Of course he was referring to the preferences, propensities and predilections of a certain serial killer in the episode, but nonetheless the truth remains.

So what did I like a a teenager? And I ask this as a way of determining where my interests and time is spent nowadays.

* I loved music (Gothic, Celtic mainly) yep- still do.
* I liked reading (love it even more now if that's even possible)
* I spent a lot of time walking around with my chums of an evening. Now I like to walk with my dog chums or daughter.
* Loved the theatre and drama. Now I like to be a viewer, not the actor I dreamed of being.
* I used to love modelling- hmmm too old and long in the tooth to care about that now. Back in the day I did lots of catwalk and photographic.
* Fiddling with my hairstyle- yep some things never change.
* Writing. I used to like writing medieval Gothic romances, now I like to blog.
* Always hated talking on the phone- yes, still do
* Liked late nights, still do- though I am no good at staying up anymore...but theoretically.
* I was never in a cliquey group, just had a few friends- same now. Urgh no parental grapevine group for me.

These are a few I can think of off the top of my head. In all honestly I don't think I have changed much. I am more angry about things now, more cynical and more sad about the world. All the self-help books in the world don't make me any more mindful, but in theory I keep trying. I dream of living with my people in a little wooden cabin away from civilsation (and yes I use this word very loosely). I don't like get togethers or dinner parties and I did used to like a social I like a quiet at home life with the beings who I care about...I still dress the same, still love my animal print, fake fur and styles...

28 years may have passed since I was 15, but the teenager is still inside!
...and oh how I would have loved to be an actor...but I got the predictable trade instead.

Tell me, how different are you these days?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Using Time Well

I have not always used my time well and still watch way more DVDs and some TV shows than I really feel is right. And as time goes on I really think I need to think a lot more about how I use my time.

So with a significant period of holiday coming up I am determined not to waste the hours I am given and want to use the time to accomplish something.

Now my somethings don't include overseas travel, nor do they include formal education. Since my aim in life is to live in semi-retirement before I am 70 then I want to use the time I am given for useful, practical and frugal means. But by doing something that will really be of benefit to the lifestyle we head towards.

I have mentioned many times that I am a very ordinary cook- and I think the time I am given will be helpful in this area and will allow me the time to consider what meals can go in a meal plan to keep it frugal, varied and with some modicum of taste. I have never really sat down and thought hard about this or the times I have tried the cooking plans have gone a little pear shaped.

The veggie garden is a beautiful oasis of weeds right now, but with hours spent in the beautiful spring and summer wedding I truly hope to turn this around. It has been very productive in the past and I know I can restore it to a former glory.

I have a daily dog-walking plan in my mind which will mean our dogs are walked by nine am each morning before it gets too hot and when it is nice and peaceful.

So there are the holiday walking, organising a cooking plan/schedule and trying to bring the veggie garden back to fruition.

Initially I was worried that the ideas and plans were very small. But why do they have to be so-called big? I don't intend to sleep in all day and I do intend to be productive. I have no inclination for travel, couldn't care less. If my true aim in life is really to live in a tiny way...then honestly this sounds like the perfect plan.

Is there anything else I should/could be doing?

Daily Roundup

Yesterday was a No Spend Day but today I have to buy petrol $20. Other than that...all is well.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Step Away From The Sale Sign

So it's Sunday afternoon and I am in town with my daughter. She has a dance workshop. We arrive a little early as she wants to go into Target to spend some of her birthday money. As we walk through Target I am beginning to look around a little. My eyes are wandering. My heart is pulsing ever so slightly more than normal and I am becoming a little wide eyed.

I see the words clearance. I see the words reduced. I am veering slightly off-course from the place my daughter wishes to go (books and lollies).

A loud, strong and forthright voice wakes me from my dreamlike state.

It says " Mother, raise your hand and hold on to my back pack. Look straight ahead and do not make eye contact with anything".

It's my daughter, determined to distract me from any thoughts I might have about thinking I might need to go look for something to buy.

I am proud of her.

Then I remember a scene in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, where Greg and Rowley are leading the kindergartners home in safety patrol. They are all holding a rope in a long snakelike line to keep them together and focused on being safe..

It reminds me of that and it makes me laugh.

Later on I (secretly) slip back in to Target when I have dropped my daughter off at college. I need to see if I am strong enough whilst on my own not to buy anything.

It's a close call..but my wallet stays shut. I have my financial goals and they do not include a reduced pair of shorts!

Daily Roundup

Been a bit on the spendy side of late, even bought myself a couple of episodes of Doomsday Preppers for $16. That aside, I have spent $15 on a ticket to the show my child is in, $26 on some new underwear for my kid - she has grown out of the other stuff. I have also spent $150 on food stuffs, groceries, fruit, veggies and the like.

So Monday and Tuesday both are spend days, I think Wednesday might be too, but hopefully by Thursday and Friday I can get back on track.

I don't like spending money and I have let myself spend a little wantonly of late. No changes to savings, no issues with that, but nonetheless, there is still room for major improvement.