a friend/neighbor just showed up on my door with an entire laundry basket filled to the brim with food that he was clearing out of his cabinets to make room for new stuff. here is a photo of our cabinet right now.
last we we went dumpster diving after the power went out at our local Target because of a wine/ice storm. dumpstering is fun but i often walk away feeling kind of depressed, though blessed. i understand why the stores have to throw things away but oh. it's just so sad what we feel is disposable. the temperatures were well below freezing so there was no risk of things even thawing. we found hundreds of digornio pizzas, lean pockets, meatballs, tubs of cream cheese, morning star farms food, bertolli meals, chicken breasts, breakfast meat, gourmet cheeses, milk, juice, frozen potatoes, seafood, hamburger patties, lean cuisine and marie calendar meals, paninis, waffles, and on and on. we filled my car twice before calling it a night and didn't even make a dent in what was there.
after we went dumpster diving we came home with about $400 worth of frozen food from Target, so adding these two things together we will have to spend probably a scant $100 this month (and maybe next? and the next?) on produce, milk, and eggs. i am overwhelmed with God's provision. not that we need free food but hello, why not eat for free?! we are frugal as we can be and that's the way we like it.
speaking of frugal, we got our tax return money. this always presents my brain with the dilemma of saving vs spending. i'm sure that's true for most people though. this year we are saving for solar panels but i'd really love to buy some art from my friend good who tattoos david and i, kat moya. we don't have any debt besides our mortgage thank God. anyways, i've wanted some new clothes. it is a sad side effect of being a tall woman that shirts are always too short in the torso and arms. i've long made do but ugh, i feel clownish a lot. so off to the thrift store i went and found some new stuff like flowery tights, then to H&M where i got some new jeggings (yes, jeggings) and a puff sleeved shirt, and finally to forever xxi for two new boyfriend cardigans. that will last me about 2-3 years. side note: i will buy pretty much any puff sleeved shirt. it's just how i roll. i really want david to spend a little money on himself. he's so selfless and works so hard. i might just have to hand him a hundred and shove him out the door.
i am not a girl who lives to shop. i like it well enough but it holds no particular obsession for me. however, i once came upon a very special pair of shoes and fell in love. in no reality would it be practical for me to own or wear these shoes and yet, i yearned for such a reality. the shoes i had been in love with since fall of 2009, "alexa" by jeffrey campbell as pictured below, were reproduced for H&M and they were in the store when i went there. i was giddy to try them on!
i don't know why they are so attractive to me (david finds them pretty repulsive). i spent more than a few extra minutes walking on a one person runway in the dressing room with these on before bringing myself back to reality and returning them to the shelf. a girl can dream but she still has to realize her life. so now i know that i would look adorable yet foolish in those, mission accomplished.