This will be a somewhat materialistic post. Why? Because I love things and stuff. Things and stuff can make me happy. And while I do love the everyday moments that life offers from the people and world around you, today is about things and stuff that make me happy.
Because I love things and stuff.
Finally setting up my 401(k) at work. Though I did laugh out loud when my financial consultant asked me when I’d like to retire. “Well …” We then went through convoluted calculations to arrive at the percentage I needed to sign up for in order to max out my account at year’s end. I’m sure this will make us happy, happy in 2015 because we’re more than likely in a new tax bracket this year. I think we’ll suffer for it; I didn’t set up a retirement account at my last job, but for that I am glad: the last thing I need is to be working with a friend of old boss’, trying to get my money. I also managed to transfer my old 401(k) accounts from D.C. Job #1 and D.C. Job #2 into one account. Combined with the husband’s accounts, we have a nice little nest egg going.
Signing up for Bike to Work Day 2014: While I hope to be biking to work in a regular fashion well before May 16, I’m excited to be participating this year. I was a little slow on the draw last year (still didn’t have my bike), but promised myself I would participate in 2014. I signed up as soon as I got the email because, damn it, I love my bike. I’d also love to go to the spring maintenance workshop being hosted by Women & Bicycles, but alas, it’s all the way in Virginia. (That’s my one quibble with W&B and WABA — nearly everything is in downtown D.C. or NOVA. MD bikers have feelings, too!)
Buying a book of folktales for my future kid(s): Not just any folktales, these puppies are translations of tales from Latin America and Spain. Long story short, my friend’s baby shower hosts asked us to help build up her daughter’s library with our favorite children’s book. I honestly don’t have any — I grew up listening to rhymes and folktales that my parents told us (they read Little Golden Books to us, but compared to the stories they told, these weren’t very memorable). In searching for nursery rhyme translations (found!), I stumbled across Alma Flor Ada’s Tales Our Abuelitas Told. I bought a copy for my kid. Why not? (I want to buy everything by Alma Flor Ada now.)
Wearing this Ann Taylor sweater: I saw this sweater in an Ann Taylor shop window and promptly purchased it. “I must have it,” I said to my husband, who squinted at the window, shrugged, then never thought about it again. I was, alas, convinced that it didn’t look so hot on me. But whenever I wear it, I get compliments like whoa, so I’m going to guess it looks nice and looks nice on me. Also, it’s just really pretty. I’m into polka dots all of a sudden and am now searching for a polka dot iPhone case. My polka dots dress from Soma? So very cute and comfortable. (If you’re ever looking for breathable, comfortable, stylist dresses, Soma is your place. You’ll feel like you’re in your pajamas all day. Wait. How did this paragraph turn into a paragraph about Soma?)
Using GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD™ CLEARING TREATMENT: I’m not a beauty-products maven by any stretch of the imagination (I don’t use makeup). But this stuff is awesome. Not only does the green goo drying on my face freak out my husband (heh), but my skin is incredibly soft and glowing after using it. Combined with a new face moisturizer (Korres, recommended by a friend), my skin has been quite content lately. (Not that it usually isn’t, but my Aveeno Positively Ageless was just not cutting it anymore [to my great sadness].)
Uinta HooDoo Kölsch Style Ale: Um, where has this beer been all of my life? My husband and I pay probably too much for it, but it’s so worth it. Very refreshing … and you’ve got to love a beer named “hoodoo.”
Thus concludes things and stuff!