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A simple life

May 13th, 2007 at 06:23 am

I think of myself as someone who lives a simple life. I have a job with a moderate income, I live in a small house, I live alone, I don't eat out a lot, or party, or travel very much. I buy clothes at Goodwill, mostly, and an occasional movie is a real treat. I read a lot, but rarely buy a book.

Yet it really gets me, sometimes, how much a simple life costs.

This weekend I bought gas ($31.30), bought a gift ($30.29), bought pet supplies ($73.21), and a coke when I was on the road and dying of thirst ($1.37).

All that adds up to almost $150, when I wasn't planning to spend much at all! When I had decided to forgo grocery shopping to save a little. It just gets me.

I've actually had a pretty eventful weekend, for me. On Friday night I was caught in a huge traffic jam -- I almost typed "tragic jam" and I guess it was that, too. A car-motorcycle accident that took a life. Had I not stopped at the library on the way home from work, I would probably have been at the scene. It shakes you up. A young life gone. So sad.

On Saturday I went to a graduation open house for a former co-worker who graduated from law school. It was about an hour and a half drive away, so no small thing, but I'm glad I did it. It's nice to see people who are achieving their goals and so happy. He already has a job at a law firm, as long as he passes the bar -- which he will; he's a smart cookie.

On Saturday evening I babysat for another co-worker. She just had her first baby two months ago. Her husband just graduated also; earned an MBA and they are soon moving to Vermont. They went out for a celebration dinner last night and this was the first time they had left their baby with a sitter. He was a jewel. We watched TV, worked out in his "gym," had a bottle; then he zonked out for the night -- or at least as long as I was there! As I was leaving my friend tucked a Culver's gift card in my purse, despite my protests that I did not want to be paid. Well, it will come in handy sometime!

Today my son is working, so we will do some Mother's Day thing in the evening -- maybe see a movie. He told me yesterday he was officially given the job of wait staff manager in his restaurant. This has been talked about for a long time, but the restaurant is in its first year, and while it's been successful, the finances have been shaky. So the decision has been held off. Now things seem to be better. I sure hope they will continue to improve. This is great for my son; he will get a real salary now, but will still get tips. Since it is a high-end restaurant, the tips are very nice.

Today I will clean and finish touching up the paint. Tomorrow the bedroom ceiling gets painted. Thursday the living room carpet gets cleaned. After that, I'll be ready to put the house on the market.

2 Responses to “A simple life”

  1. Nic Says:

    Your "simple" life sounds full and joyful. What a blessing! Happy Mother's Day.

  2. scfr Says:

    How exciting to be so close to putting the house up for sale! Congratulations!

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