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April 21st, 2006 at 06:43 pm

I have been living in the same house for the last 16 years, with a child, a dog and a cat, so much of my furniture is definitely the worse for wear. I also spent most of my spare money paying down my mortgage as quickly as possible, so I promised myself when I was debtfree I would replace it with decent stuff.

So I drew up this list of what I wanted and stuck it on the frig, and as suitable bargains come along I replace my old stuff. Last month it was the frig itself; this month I found a good condition innerspring mattress for $45. BIL knew I was looking for a computer desk, so when a business he knew went into liquidation, he bought this great desk for $40. Friend also knew I wanted a new garbage can, and bought me one as a present. The old one was still serviceable, but so grungy it drepressed me to look at it. Seems funny to be happy about a new garbage can, but I'm happy with mine.

I know some people claim to be above material possessions, and don't care what their stuff looks like, but if I'm going to have to live with my possessions, I'd like them to give me pleasure to look at as well as when I'm using them. I read somewhere a quote about artists: they are people who are able to make the useful beautiful. I am being a creative artist in gradually transforming my home into a thing of beauty on a budget.

My secret stash

February 27th, 2006 at 12:10 pm

Confession time. Ever since I was a little girl I've had this dream. Ta da.

I want to travel the Trans Siberian railway.

And for the past 12 months I've been putting money aside for it (how many bank accounts does she have? I hear you cry) I put all the coins I find and all my loose change into it. We have $1 and $2 coins in New Zeland so it adds up. This month I put in $20 for a total of $597.

Moscow Here I Come - in , umm, about 2012.


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