The Year I Turn 40 Update #1

So.  On January 1 I wrote this, which expressed my desire to be more thrifty.  Here is how I have done in the last ten days:

  • I have not bought a pizza.  It took me forever to finish the leftovers from the one that I bought on New Year Eve (last year–doesn’t count!).  Just about the time I finished, I went out with mom for our should-have-been-on-January-1-but-now-it’s-January-5 movie (Silver Linings Playbook if you’re interested).  She had a Groupon for Extreme Pizza that was about to expire.  I love their salads so I said sure, sounds good.  Only it was good for two side salads and a huge-sized pizza.  Which means that over half of it came home with me.  Tonight I am FINALLY finished eating it.  So I haven’t paid for pizza, but I have eaten a gobsmackingly enormous amount of it.
  • I haven’t cancelled my gym membership yet.  I have, however, had the tab for the gym open on my work computer for a week so that the directions on how to cancel my membership are handy.
  • I have bought milk this week.  No other grocery runs.  I ate out three times, but one of those meals was free so I’m not too concerned about it.  I’m eating out again tomorrow night, but I have a $25 gift certificate.  At home, I’m still eating that pizza for lunch.  I have had butter chicken for a week and a half, I think I have one serving left.  And three nights this week I have had Annie’s Homegrown Shells and Cheese.  So maintaining that 2x a week out thing.  And tired of mac and cheese.  And knowing that somewhere in my future there will probably be a meal of dill pickle spears as I work on cleaning out the fridge.
  • I really need to work on this coping strategy known as avoidance.  I haven’t opened my mail in weeks (months?) and just pay bills as I think of it.  I’m off now to sort through the madness and get all 2012 filed away . . . .  And then probably cry myself to sleep.

Supporting the Facist Media in 2012

So last year I had been asked the same question for 2011.  Thought it was interesting to see what I had paid for and what I had not, so let’s do it again for 2012.

Did I support the Facist Media (i.e., did I go to the movies) in 2012?  You betcha.  Here’s the list of those that I saw in the theater in 2012.  Not ones I watched at home or ones I rented, just ones I sat in a squeaky seat and dealt with teen texters.  A surprisingly short list

  1. We Bought a Zoo
  2. Young Adult
  3. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
  4. Iron Lady
  5. Puss In Boots
  6. One For The Money
  7. The Hunger Games (3 times, twice at full price once at $1.99)
  8. The Avengers (twice, once full prince once $1.99)
  9. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  10. Mirror Mirror
  11. Rock of Ages
  12. Brave
  13. The Amazing Spider Man
  14. The Dark Knight Rises
  15. The Bourne Legacy
  16. Guilt Trip

So far in 2013: The Silver Linings Playbook

Movies released in 2012 that I still want to see:

  • Pitch Perfect
  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi
  • The Hobbit
  • Les Miserables
  • This is 40
  • Parental Guideance
  • Skyfall
  • Magic Mike
  • Men in Black 3
  • The Dictator
  • Snow White and the Huntsman