Life goes on at Casa Wolk-Stanley, even while the other end of the state aches and mourns their losses. I remember thinking on September 11th that it really didn’t matter whether or not I switched the laundry. But of course it did. My little boys needed clean pajamas, and in their world, this mattered as much as anything else. They needed the safety and security that comes from routine, and I guess I did as well.
I didn’t get a lot done yesterday, as it was hard to step away from the computer with its up to date news on the Umpqua Community College shooting. But my messy dining room table and soiled towels weren’t going to take care of themselves, so today I wrote out a long to-do list, pulled on my big girl pants and got to work.
- I fixed a school lunch for my son. (A 33¢ Grocery Outlet yogurt, a PB&J and carrots.)
- I swapped my pajama pants for jeans so I could batch errands and bought two 12-packs of 100% recycled content toilet paper from Trader Joe’s after dropping my son at school. I drank a tiny free coffee and bought nothing else. I glanced through the cute 99¢ greeting cards with the thought that I need to put my son’s gift certificates in the mail for his birthday, but instead decided to make my own card. I already own everything I need for a homemade card, which saves me 99¢. From the parking lot asphalt I pick up a pony-tail holder and a nickel.
- I added the $9.98 I spent on toilet paper into EveryDollar.com as part of my October budget. (I’ve budgeted $400 for a month of groceries, which includes toiletries.)
- I recall last night’s phone conversation with my older son, where he complained about having to pay $80 for access to a website to submit his math homework. I reminded him that he is to pay for his own college books and expenses. We chat for a bit and it’s good to hear his strong young voice.
- I noticed the elderly people who troll 39th Avenue looking for edible chestnuts, and remember that there’s an edible chestnut tree in my neighborhood that no one seems to visit. I post something on The Non-Consumer Advocate Facebook group asking for tips on home roasting.
- I wrote out a check to my mother. We borrowed $1000 from her in the Spring, as we didn’t have quite enough cash on hand to pay for our Prius. We’d already paid back half of it, but were waiting until tuition was sent in to pay the rest. She kept saying that we didn’t need to worry about paying it back, but I don’t want to be that kind of daughter.
The rest of my to-do list includes:
- Figure out dinner. (Oven fried chicken with mashed potatoes and peas?)
- Floss/brush/shower. (I’m sure to floss when I put it on the to-do list.)
- Mop all the hardwood floors.
- Relist Craigslist listings.
- Water the plants.
- Wash the towels.
You know . . . the activities of daily life. My non-consumer life. I’m scheduled to work all weekend, so I want to leave the house in order. To gift the comfort of order and routine to my husband and younger son. I may not be able to undo senseless violence, but I can make sure everyone has clean pajamas.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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