I had a pretty good day. My sister went off to college, so I was home alone while my parents packed her off. Being home all day made me feel a bit cloudy and depressed, I wasn't sure why. Like there was some pent up anxiety I couldn't get rid of. So I decided to go shopping. I have no money, but something in my life has changed because I have money in sight, and what's more, I have things to buy. I went to Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond, and Pottery Barn (can't afford, but can look) and looked at their dishes and bathroom accessories. When Dad and I were looking for apartments, we went to this one where the lady was like, "And if you don't have furniture, we can rent you furniture for $60 a month. It's an excellent value, and very convenient if you don't have time to shop." Dad looked at me and was like, "That's kind of nice, get all that out of the way. Right?"
I just looked at him. Then I practically yelled, "NO!" in a much stronger tone than intended, and they both looked at me in a confused sort of scared way. Dad didn't understand. Mom understands. Since I could walk, I've dreamed of having an apartment for my very own to decorate. You can't really express yourself in a dorm room, mostly because it's tiny and you're poor, but this is a whole new deal for me. I have income! None now, but according to budgets I am going to have enough to save up and buy some decently nice things... we're not talking ethan allen, but we are talking JC Penny, which is so many steps above Garage Sale it blows my mind and excites me to levels that I don't think anyone understands. Coordinated things! My own colors! And dishes... I could do sage, or eggshell, or plum... they're mine, they're new, I can do whatever I feel would soothe my soul. And I will!
I know I'll have relocation money left over to buy a bed, so that's out of the way. After that it's just a matter of being a little patient... saving up, buying something new every month or so... furnishing! I was upset today, my mind was cloudy, but looking at bathroom coordinates with matching toothbrush holders, soap dishes, and kleenex box covers just cured it all. I'm starting from scratch here, it'll be a while before I can get big stuff like a sofa, but at least I'm starting, there's hope in sight.
What is it, is it that I'm a woman? Dad doesn't seem thrilled with all these ideas. Dave certainly didn't run out and look at bedroom sets for his apartment... I somehow get the feeling that even if he was making three times as much money, contemporary furniture would be below many things on his priority list. Or maybe it's because I'm materialistic? I don't like to think I'm materialistic, I'm not going to buy the nicest stuff, I do need furniture, there aren't just greedy wants. Or maybe it's because I'm a Taurus and we like pretty things. I read that once. But I don't believe in astrology. My sister said Tauruses aren't supposed to believe in astrology, which is true for me... that really screwed with my philosophy for a while.
How's that for staying on topic?
Anyway... my goal is to not buy anything until the 20th, because the 20th is Credit Card Turning day. I love the 20th of every month, I buy stuff and don't have to pay for it for a full 60 days. Glorious :) I'll buy dishes first, they're cheap. Then a bed. And we'll see how things go from there.
I shouldn't even think about this, I haven't even started the job yet! Okay, relax...