Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cursing Cursing Mama

Not really, but I'm freaking fascinated that she introduced me to someone who is living the life I want. Future retirement house in Asheville, zoo docent, and even our cats are identical. A Mark on My Wall is living many parts of the life I want.

And if I could rent her house, I'd jump on it.

But I can't. But other good things are happening. Small good things (I am nothing if not low maintenance, it's the secret to my sanity) but good things.

Almost a year ago, I gave up my gym membership because I'd been laid off from my job. Within three months I regretted it - it wasn't that much money and I loved it. But it seemed frivolous, so I canceled. And I missed it ever since. And yesterday they sent me a "come back" mailer, offering me no enrollment charge and $29.95 a month, and I threw myself on it like Sarah Palin on a designer jacket. No, bad analogy, I won't lie about it later and claim I really am just a simple sort who doesn't do fancy things like gyms. I'm shameless. Love the gym. Need it. Missed it. Got it back, cheap. I think this is actually a buck less than I paid before.

Small things make me happy. This year has been so incredibly hard, that now, when I walk into Super Target I get a rush of...something...because it's light and frivolous and fun to shop for cheap tee shirts and new towels and such. I am such cheap date, it's ridiculous. Personal goal: Be a bit higher maintenance.


Amy in StL said...

My guide to being higher maintenance includes Sparkle Shelf dot com for all the frivolous things I deserve.

Cursing Mama said...

I tried.

amarkonmywall said...

Moi? I love Target's Method All Surface spray in cucumber. It smells so good I could use it as eau de toilette. Seriously now. I, too, am a very cheap date so we should go out together. Have you read, I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephram? A very funny account of growing maintenance needs after 50.

I'm glad to meet you. I really enjoyed reading through this and the 2007 other blog and the 2006 this blog. I'm glad you're back at the gym, too.
Okay, seriously now. You don't want my life. It's too much like yours. And yours will be perfectly good again some time soon. By then, mine will probably be crappy again.

I dug up this link for you because, you know, it's entirely possible we were sisters in another life time. The ones either side of it provide some context.

k said...

I'm seriously in love with Goodwill for the same reason. Bad day? Walk in and buy a new outfit for less than $15. Target towels? Yes sir. And take a chance on color, too.
I'll be demanding a high maintenance lifestyle from any new guy, however. If he can't give me a new convertible sportscar, no dice.

Miz S said...

I'm here to tell you that Vicki is even more awesome than you think. I adore her.

I'll be back in a day or two to poke around in your archives. I'm awfully tired tonight and am thinking of sneaking off to bed even though it's not 9pm yet.

Catherine said...

miz s - I'm right behind you on the 9 pm bedtime. I'll catch up with Vicki's archives soon. I dipped a toe in - son, daughter, cat identical to mine, this is like a parallel universe thing.

amarkonmywall said...

Try this link instead: http://amarkonmywall.wordpress.com/2006/03/04/on-a-wing-and-a-prayer/

The other one won't work, and that is so typical of me-leave you hanging. . How's it going, between clearing out and not writing those thank you notes you think you should?

B-More Dog said...

But can you see Russia from your gym's window?