THE FIRST STEP IS ADMITTING YOU HAVE A PROBLEM

"They"
say the first step is admitting you have a problem. 

So here
we go. 

Adam
and I have a problem. A problem with errands. Yes, you heard
me. Adam and I have a problem when it comes to running errands. Most
specifically, on the weekends.

You
see, when we found ourselves relocated from Seattle to Olympia, broke as hell,
and new home owners, we settled into our broke existence by staying home and
fiddling with our house. See also, watching a shit ton of tv. We had no money,
so there was really no sense in leaving the house. Leaving meant spending
money, so we just stayed home, mowed the lawn, rakes leaves, powerwashed the
sidewalks, you name it, we did it if it meant we didn't have to leave the house.
When we were done with chores, we just watched tv. Hell, we already paid
the cable bill, might as well put it to use.

Meet
our new friend, the DVR.

 

Now
that we live in Alaska and we're renting there's a lot less upkeep and remodeling to do, so we've realized we like to fill our
free weekends with errands.

It
seems so innocent.

Hey, I
need to return these shoes at Nordstroms, and we need dog food. Let's go run
some errands real quick.  

That's
how it gets you.

You
THINK you're just returning shoes and getting dog food. But before you know it
you're at Nordstrom, and while he's looking at shoes you remember you need a
new shirt for that thingamagig you're going to, and then oh, my glasses are so
old! I think I need new ones. And then you both realize it's lunch, should we
go get some? Maybe also a martini is needed! Yes martini's for everyone! Wow martini's
are expensive! Whoops… plus that shit I bought, and OH don't we still need dog
food? WAIT! Let's go in the Gap real quick I just want to see those pants I saw
online, or just put them in this bag and take them home. Hey pet store! Dog
food… plus, OMG DO YOU SEE THIS CUTE TOY! OLY NEEDS IT LETS GET IT! Oh I
forgot I also need new filters for the fish tank and STOP this jacket is too
cute, can Oly have it? Crap I forgot, since we're here at the pet store, and
Target is next door, let's go in. I need shampoo. See also, a necklace, nail
polish, a card for my friend, this great new book, PLACE MATS! Baby outfit for
the friend, did you know this was out on DVD? Fuck that was just $150 for what
exactly? OH COFFEE! Let's get some. 

It
doesn't stop. 

By the
time we get home of course we returned those shoes, and also got that dog food,
but we also managed to get SO MANY MORE ERRANDS completed. But it was ok you
guys because they were ERRANDS. Which mean they were important. WE NEEED THESE
THINGS YOU KNOW. That's what errands are. Things you need to buy to keep
living. 

 

So
we've stopped the nonsense. We've realized we have a problem, and it's errands.
During the week we act like responsible humans with control. And then weekends
come and errands speak to us, they call us out of the house to the places where
things are sold, and these once very very poor people can't help ourselves and
before we know it we've done it again. We got sucked in. It's crack. Errand
crack. And we're going cold turkey. 

Please
don't ask me to accompany you on a quick errand just yet. I'm still too
fragile. 

 

  • Ashley

    You know what your gateway drug is? Its that damn seaweed at Trader Joes. How about next time we are there you try to refrain from buying that!

  • http://rescuedinsanity.com Kristine

    Hahahaha! I know what you mean. We are pretty poor and try to be very careful, especially about eating out. But it can be so hard to just stick to the immediate things on your list. Hopefully you can be an inspiration for me. If you can go errand-free, maybe I can too!

  • http://onewandering.wordpress.com Jen A.

    I absolutely refuse to shop in the “pretty” stores (like Target) for just that reason — once you breach those bullseye-emblazoned doors, all hell breaks loose and you end up spending an extra $100 on things you need -WANT- didn’t realize was on your list. Those doors need to say DANGER, not ENTER. 😉

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