Clapotis is coming along very nicely. I am about 6 repeats into the straight section and really loving the fabric. What fun! This is such a clever little pattern. I made the mistake of bringing her to a work related meeting tonight which ended up being full of smokers. Clapotis and I both reek, plus I was so tense that I've got about half a repeat that is SUPER tight compared to the rest of the piece. I know Febreeze will fix the stench, but the gauge shift may just always serve to remind me of my first meeting as senior staff/managerial type person and all that entails.
Today was relatively good as far as financial decisions went. Today a brand new, designer, gorgeous couch nearly fell into my lap for the low, low price of $200. And I turned it down. AUGH. Yes. I turned it DOWN.
I turned it down for a couple of reasons.
1. I bought a brand new digital camera this month.
2. I stocked up at the olive oil store on my last day, to take advantage of my discount on items that have become kitchen staples, and this was a huge bite outside my normal budget.
3. Given the issues I have with this apartment/building, I'm planning to dump our old sofa when we move eventually anyway. It might make better fiscal sense to wait. I'd hate to dump a new sofa!
In the end, I opted to leave the $200 in my savings account to gather interest. I am sure the Universe will open up and something equally fabulous will fall into my lap at a better time. I need to replace the money I spent on my camera before I even *think* about purchasing another big ticket item and honestly, I want to move before I buy new furniture. That said, it was a really tough decision. It was gorgeous. It would have made the living room look amazing. But I'm more at peace with myself having turned the couch down than I think I would have been with myself once the shiny wore off. I think I made the right choice.
Some blog reading earlier this morning sparked a few thoughts about why I mentally treat "found money" as less valuable than "my money." If I get additional Etsy income or sell a teapot, if I get some tips or a gift from my parents, I tend not to value it the same way. I spend it on more frivolous things and don't think in terms of using it like I'd use money I earned.
This treatment of found money is a common mindset. We all do it. We find a dollar or a twenty and we go out to dinner. We get the tax refund and we buy a treat. This isn't to say that buying a treat or going out to dinner isn't ok, just, it's very common not to think of the found money as having the same value. This is a habit that I'd like to bring more mindfulness to in the future. Twenty dollars spent is twenty dollars spent. Period. It's twenty dollars *gone*. Perhaps in future I can make better decisions about what extras I spend "found money" on, if I even spend it at all. Perhaps I can try to see more clearly what gives me the most "found value" instead.
How about you? What do you think of found money?