Thursday, June 28, 2018

New stuff

I don't know why, but I have a lot of trouble buying new stuff.

I don't mean stuff that I need necessarily.  But new versions of items I already own.  For example, I only recently got rid of a jacket I've had since college.  I've been wearing the same shoes for two years (although I have replaced the insoles).  I do have new clothes, but only because my mom loves buying me clothes.

When we moved to this area with all our old furniture gone, we bought an apartment-full of stuff at this college store nearly a decade ago, which we assumed we'd replace over the years.  We still have almost all of it.  Ditto with all my pots and pans and dishes, aside from my one big frying pan.

I don't know why I'm so adverse to buying new stuff.  I guess I always just feel like why should I replace a perfectly good [insert name of object]?  I don't really enjoy shopping for new things.  Honestly, it sort of stresses me out.  I only replaced my awful laptop because it wouldn't run a program I needed for work.

But you'll be happy to know I do replace my toothbrush on a regular basis.


  1. I'm pretty similar-- if what I have works well enough, even if I don't love it or things about it are annoying, I stick with what I have. It's part of why it drove me so crazy that my mother gave me flimsy junk in grad school. Even back then, I knew that I was happier with nothing than with a flimsy junk thing because I could hold out for the level of thing I wanted and be happy with the purchase when I finally made it. But if I was given the flimsy junk thing as a gift--which I couldn't reject-- then I felt stuck using it into infinity.

  2. I'm like you. Unfortunately, my wife isn't.

  3. I tried emailing you at the address at the back of Brain Damage, but it bounced. So, here's what I said...
    OMG, that was The Best Book!
    I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved it. Wait, maybe this will let you know…I’m a mystery writer myself (which makes me really picky about reading material), I’m in the middle of writing my next book, and yet, last night I stayed up til 2:00 a.m. reading your book because I just couldn’t stop reading, and tonight, while I should have been working on mine, was lying on the couch reading because I couldn’t stand not to see where it all went. I mean, I figured I knew how it was going to end, but how it got there.
    I truly loved Charly and Jamie. Your voice was so perfect for this character. I’m going to post that in a review and also put it on my Facebook page. I was actually in tears through the last chapter or so, and that’s no easy to do. Oh, and so very glad Kitty was safe. I was afraid Clark would have killed her for sure.
    All best to you,

    Sheila Lowe, MS, CG, CFDE