Wanting to Drive
I have been in a money spending mood lately. In the past week, I have spent an obscene amount of money on shoes, jewelry and fabric for a gothic Irish dress and under dress that a friend of mine is going to make for me. The shoes were very much needed. The jewelry was a spur of the moment thing on eBay (which will, incidentally, match the gothic Irish dress). The fabric is for an outfit I have been thinking about for a while now and had put it off until I "lose more weight." But, then I decided to live more in the now than for the future. It will be done by Norwescon so I can wear it there and then for clubbing afterwards.
I know I'm going to have to really reign in my spending as of April because of my condo assessment going into affect and that is going to be an extra $500 or so out of my pocket each month. That means I'm going to have to give myself an actual allowance for things like going out to dinner and getting my hair done (shudder), ban myself from eBay (whine) and be good and frugal when it comes to things like Amazon (sigh). I haven't had to do an honest-to-goodness budget for myself in years.
I suppose this will be a good exercise for me to get back into. I really don't know where my money is going these days and that is a bad habit to have. Plus, I need to get back into the habit of investing in my ROTH IRA and such like that.This is the part about being a grown up I don't like. Every once in a while, I get hit with the sudden need to be responsible, careful and generally an adult about things.
Next week is DundraCon and I am really looking forward to it. I already have Hans looking in on the mail, cat and home, so I know I don't have to worry about that. My 7th Sea LARP I'm running with Bill is done and Bill has already stuffed the character packets which makes me really happy because I didn't want to be doing that at the convention like last time. It will be good seeing everyone again, too.
This little vacation of mine has come at the right time. I'm pretty sure that, even with the vacation, I will be able to get my automation work done by the end of the month and this is a good thing. I know I need this vacation because every time I get in the car to drive, I get the urge to hit the freeway and drive for hours, listening to music or an audio book. I seem to have the need for that semi-meditative state. If I could get away with it, I would cancel my plane tickets to DDC and drive down, then back up. But, I know that would leave me exhausted which is not a good way to start a convention.
As a stop-gap measure, I'm thinking of trips to various places that might be a long enough drive to satisfy the need. Maybe a trip to Fry's for a cord. Or, a trip to Torrid in Tacoma. Or, maybe a trip to Portland for Powell's Books. I don't know. Something that would allow me to drive for a while. I've actually pondered driving down to Fry's then up to Chez Renaissance then back to my place, just to have a couple of particular longer destinations to drive to without stopping. Of course, I could be really proactive and, instead of driving, put on my headphones and walk for a couple hours. But, that would require walking in the rain which I'm really not in a mood for.
Valentine's Day (or as Joe calls it: Singles Awareness Day) is almost here. Leigh-Ann and I have decided to ditch the men (hers, since I don't have one) and go have sushi. I think that is an excellent way to spend the evening. I do have a love/hate relationship with the day but, this year, I've decided not to hate it. Just use it for my own purposes.
Tarot Card for the Day: King of Cups