Friday 5: Consumption

  1. What would you consider your most recent major purchase? Baby stuff–I’m not sure which is technically the most recent, but I bought a smart sock set that monitors the baby’s heart rate and also has a really nice, fancy monitor that even detects things like room temperature, and I bought a crib mattress that’s supposed to be super breathable. Both were a couple hundred bucks.
  2. On what are you hoping to spend a good chunk of change in the near future? At this point, probably just paying down debt from all areas–credit cards, mortgage, our financing from when we redid the siding last summer. At least for now, we’re done with major baby purchases. I would like to get a tankless water heater, but that hinges on COVID. I don’t want to install it ourselves, but I also don’t want someone in the house during a pandemic.
  3. When did you most recently resist the urge to splurge? One could argue, based on some recent purchases, that I have not. Although this morning was the first of a series of Record Store Day events after the original was canceled in April, and if I really wanted to, I could’ve gone but decided to sit this one out.
  4. When did you most recently experience buyer’s remorse? I bought a space-saving laundry drying rack that we really do need–anything I want to hang to dry has just been kind of randomly draped over something in our tiny laundry room. Our old drying rack is broken but still usable but also takes up a lot more space, and generally the best place for it is either the kitchen or living room. It gets in the way. This new one is curved and sits up against a wall, but I realized I’m not sure which wall space I can squeeze it into. Maybe one day we splurge on a new washer and dryer, get a stacking set, and squeeze the rack in next to them.
  5. What’s something interesting you consumed this past week? The Affair on Hulu and a parenting book from my cousin on the power of showing up for your kids, literally and metaphorically.

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4 thoughts on “Friday 5: Consumption”

  1. I was considering a tankless water heater. But my friend Spewgie and I ended up replacing my “traditional” water heater.

    The toughest part was getting the old one out of the basement. Yes. We drained it first.

    My thinking is my electricity goes out several times a year. From a few hours to as long as a few days. I am a northern girl. With a “traditional” water heater, I am at least prepared for the first day. Any longer and the water can become too cold. I can always evacuate to a hotel or take a shower at work.

    Or Myrtle The Wonder Cat and I can make ourselves at home at the neighbors across the street with the little yappy dogs whose electricity never goes out. They are the type of lucky people who should get a tankless water heater.

  2. I _love_ home appliance talk! I rent my house and it came with the usual appliances, but they’re all dying now (most recently the fridge, which is on its very last legs), and I’m planning to replace them one at a time on my own, and if I ever move out of here, either take stuff with me or just leave it for the landlord who’s been nice enough to raise the rent only once, and it’s still a great rent for the area.

    I’m impressed with the smart socks idea. Did you get any other high-tech baby things?

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