- 2 stretch lace bathing suit cover ups (and I don't even have a bathing suit to wear with them)
- 3 seasons of How I Met Your Mother DVDs
- 2 Glee Soundtracks
- A running skirt with built-in capri pants (I haven't gone running since I got over a challenging breakup in 2002)
- A pair of $240 before tax boots
- A robot vacuum
As far as me bending the rules goes... My sister and I stretched the allowable definition of a 'social meal' being a sanctioned occasion to eat out in a restaurant. This weekend, rather than wait in line at my bank, I crossed the street to a local diner, got a table for two, and got started on my brunch. My sister arrived just in time to tag-in for brunch as I rushed back across the street in response to my banker calling to alert me that the lineup of jittery RRSP buyers was waning.
It counts as a 'social meal' since both our meals were on the same bill, right?
Fortunately, this grey area stuff seems to be falling on my extra rules around doing things differently (restaurants, etc.) versus the 'new stuff' part of the equation. I feel pretty strongly that I need to be absolute about the no new stuff. That said, one of my students asked the question, 'What happens if you do buy something new?'
Good Question. I feel like the answer is nothing, because it's not going to happen. It can't. But what if it does happen? Perhaps a proactive list of penances? My student suggested that I create a list of things I have to give up if I buy something new, so that there is already a rule in place if I commit a transgression. It would have to be something I really don't want to part with to make it meaningful. I will have to ponder this. But just so we're clear, I have zero units of new stuff buying intentions.