Revelation #1 :
Since I can't buy it, I want it, even though normally... I wouldn't...?
So I contemplated concert tickets. I haven't been to a concert in quite sometime. A few YEARS in fact. It's very hard for me to justify paying a lot of money to go to a concert, only to watch the performer like they're an ant. I know live versions of some songs are better, but if they're that good they inevitably get recorded and we get to hear them. (Garth Brooks added verse to Thunder Rolls, Eric Clapton's live version of Tears in Heaven, etc)
Don't mistake me, it's not that I don't appreciate a great performer, because I do... but I'm not exactly in a position to pay thousands of dollars to sit in the front row, and I'm not so lucky to win them it seems either. I've done the... mom calling from the house phone, dad calling from his cell phone, the neighbor on her cell phone, and me on my cell phone trying to win tickets on the radio and so far my track record is... Zero.
And yet... today as I was driving I caught the last few words of a DJ announcing some performance "this saturday night and your chance to win tickets in 10 minutes!" I pulled the car over, parked and waited - 10 minutes. Am I really getting sucked into this again? Yep.
The emotions waiver between...
"maybe this is my chance... Maybe it's a sign!"
"Hello, are you seriously going to sit in the parking lot of 7-11 and wait??? The phone lines are always busy..."
... it ended up being tickets to the wrong concert anyway. So yes. I wasted 10 minutes hoping this time would be different. And yes, I got the message. Concert tickets count as something new, therefore, get over it Ann... you should be spending that time rolling out your IT band anyway. ugggh.
You see there are very few performers who are worth driving and parking in chaos for... although I admit I would be willing to go through it for this particular individual. But of all the people... I think she will understand why I won't be there. I don't know her personally, but from what I've read, seen and heard, I think we'd be good friends :) So I'll just listen to the CD while I go for a run later and imagine.
Revelation #2 It's important to NOT become a Hoarder - even though you can't buy anything new for a year...
This means using the hotel toiletries while in the hotel... but NOT stealing more from the housekeeping cart :)
Just because you can't buy anymore clothes, doesn't mean you should KEEP the clothes that have clearly NOT made the cut. I wore a pair of pants this weekend that suck. Plain and simple. They shrunk in length, they don't stay up well, and they're not particularly attractive. They must go away.
Caveat: Just because certain styles are "in" doesn't mean you should toss the things you love that are "out" like Umbros :)