My Money's Worth

I am a contradictory mix of cheap and frivolous. I hate spending a lot of money at once, but I like frequently spending little amounts of money.  I coupon, craigslist and free-on-the-side-of-the-road as verbs.  But then I buy $25 mascara or a ridiculously priced vacuum.  And I've not found a price tag on a light fixture that exceeds my ability to justify it.

But my nonsensical spending habits have short-circuited into some odd results.

Here's a list of hings I have bought at one time (well, sometimes requiring multiple trips to the store, but all within a few days):
1. 100 bottles of sweet baby ray's bbq sauce
2. 12 containers of ice cream (I've done this like 4 times this summer...it is a bit of a problem)
3. 160 POUNDS of chicken
4. 400 diapers (which I transported in my double stroller on a run back from target)
5. Something like 200 rolls of toilet paper (that was on amazon, so it was delivered conveniently)
6. 36 lbs of coffee (I've done this several times online- it nets out to $2.50 per lb, which is way better than I'd pay if I bought it weekly at the grocery store).

Just this week I bought 10 bricks of tillamook cheese (saving $30), 10 lbs of butter (saving $20), and, um, 10 more containers of ice cream (saving $40).  So see, that is a practical example of stuff I'd buy over the course of time anyhow, but I ended up saving $90.  One could argue that I'd save a lot of money (and effort in exercising) if I could kick the ice cream habit, but I'm not ready to consider it yet.

When I look upon my garage with 32 bars of soap, 8 tubes of toothpaste and 18 jars of peanut butter I feel content at the hunter/gatherer level.

On the whole, I am a "buy a new one if it breaks" kind of girl.  But there are a few things that I've kept so long that even my great Grandma Johnson would be impressed.

1. This paint brush.  If I'm not mistaken this one has lasted through the priming, painting and second-coating of the interior and exterior of our house.  In that time we've also bought, used, let dry up & thrown out about 10-15 other paint brushes, but this one keeps dodging the bullet.

2. These shorts- which along with the picture above should tell you a lot about my painting style (messy).  I bought these shorts (along with two sports bras I still have!) on my honeymoon at the Nike factory outlet in Bend-- twelve years ago.

3. This highchair.  I am completely positive that when I drop this off at Goodwill in about 2 years I will cry my eyes out.  It has been a permanent fixture in our house for the last 5 years, and well worth the $25 I paid for it off craigslist.  I have never had a seat cover on it, which helps me clearly see how much schlacked on baby food is present at all times.

Navy, current queen of the high chair.

Formerly under reign of prince Baylor

And originally purchased for this prima donna.

3. This rice cooker.  I'm pretty sure I bought this from target for $19.99 at least ten years ago.  Aside from the microwave & coffee pot, this is our most commonly used kitchen appliance.

4. This iphone case.  It has protected my phone for the last two years and been dropped in paint, dropped on the road, and handled countless times by clumsy toddlers.  It cost $20 and was worth every penny.

5. And last but not least, my double bob.  I bought it in good condition for $300 off craigslist.  Over the last three years this thing has logged some serious mileage.  I've not treated it gently and it shows.

It is ripping at the seams.  One of the harnesses is ripped too.

The handle bar foam is torn.

But it served its purpose

performs well in the airport as dual purpose child & luggage hauler

in cool weather

and hot (Disneyland!)

Handy for lulling children to sleep

3 pumpkin + 2 child capacity

or one teensy tiny one

or the biggest & smallest

or aforementioned 400 diapers (plus the baby who's gonna wear 'em)

Navy loves this stroller.

I love this stroller.

Perhaps I'll blog next about all the useless things I've purchased...


Old Friends & New Friends

Sav & Jo at 12 and 9 months

Navy & Eve at 8 and 5 months


Johonna: Winning at LIFE

Jo was born with a fully developed personality.

In terms of conquering the world, she's sort of killing it.

Like the time she totally owned turning three.

And the time she was like, "It is virtually impossible for me to get lost at Disneyland because my mom's cell phone is written in sharpie on my paw. Also I have kick ass glasses."

And the time she was the most thriller-kid at gymnastics.

She gave ballet a spin.

Got into the swing of things,

And completely dominated that genre of dance.

She totally nailed her first day of preschool outfit.

She pedicures like nobody's business.

She had a footsy-pajama period.

Closely followed by a pirate period, which she owned.

She's a craftin' fool.

She told that gingerbread house what for.

She hardly ever lets life knock her down.

It happens to even the best of us sometimes.

But it turns out she's the bossest sibling around (literally).

And practically an expert.

Her hypothesis' are always right.

She's got brows

that are on hydraulics.

And now

she's absolutely

winning at kindergarten.