My new motto: Quit bitching, get off the fence and become part of the solution.
While shopping with The Tribe isn't quite as big a deal as
Imagine four excited puppies all talking to you simultaneously, each asking a dozen questions at once and you are mentally sifting and collating, spewing answers left and right while trying not to overwhelm any other shoppers in the vicinity. Some items like pencils we can buy in bulk, others require individual attention. Some work with the sale prices, others are intuitively rejected with the knowledge that the cheaper item will break and you will be scouring the desert of "Holiday" season aisles in an attempt to find a replacement that is now priced at four times the current cost. Then there are the "add on" requests which occur at a rate of one every thirty seconds. "Can I get this pencil shaped sharpener for my teacher?" "I need this horse shaped pencil eraser" "Can I buy a candy jar for my desk" "Where is the glue?" "I need glue" (actually you need glue sticks-15 of them. HG and I figured they are going to glue all the kindergarteners together so they don't lose anyone) "I need this mirror for my locker" etc. This year had the added feature of HG embarking for the most part on her own, which explains the highly fashionable folders and spirals that emerged onto the checkout conveyor. Why buy a plain ten cent folder when you can make a statement with a bejewled, color coordinated spiral? HG was nonplussed when I informed her she would be paying the difference for her add ons.
"No problem, I'll just subtract it from what you owe me for babysiting" Which is an amount rapidly approaching the national deficit, largely due to the fact that HG has an accounting system that would impress the fellows who concocted the work comp system.
"I'm not even going to say your total out loud" Sales clerk lady intoned.
Why not? Say it out loud. Yes, I have four children. I am buying a year's worth of educational supplies for them. I have this in my budget. Trihubby and I worked hard, and we pay for our kids lives. That is what parents do. Heck, we even doubled up on most of the supplies to donate to a "supply drive" at a friends church. We saved and budgeted for that as well. It doesn't bother me that my list included hi lighters and a jump drive. Yes, I will be returning to Target for snow boots etc in about 2 weeks. I have that budgeted as well. These things do not overwhelm me.
Actually, they satisfy me. Immensely.
And if the budgeting scheme wasn't calculated correctly, I can always sell this guys forhead as marketing space.
I always know when there is a new camera in the house, suddenly goofy pictures abound.
I may have four times the supplies, but, I also have four times the laughs, the hugs and the general satisfaction that life is good.
3600 yard swim today
8 mile tempo run tomorrow
70 mile bike Sunday
Happy training and happy trails.