I know the difference between needs and wants. And I know "thou shall not covet" but even with that knowledge despite my bank account not growing at all, the list of things I "need" seems to be doing so at a rapid pace. And the fact that my car needs new brakes before any of these can become a reality makes them seem so very far away from me.
I am hoping that by documenting all those "needs" might help me decide to skip the Starbucks in the morning or make a few more meals at home in hopes of having some funds to turn these "needs" into "haves".
So without further ado (fully aware most of you don't care about my whining list of things I want) here's my recent list.
Oh, new Garmin Forerunner 10. Sometimes when I'm sporting the big watch/small computer that is the old Forerunner 305 I think about how sleek you'd look on my wrist. One (well, me being the "one") could argue that this one actually is a need. I've been using my coach's old model (that's actually his wife's) for this round of training and I have to give it back to him eventually (eventually being relatively soon). It's big and clunky but that thing has been a little miracle training buddy for me and I love him. Soon I hope to get one of my very own but in a smaller more upgraded fashion. The only problem? Which color to choose!
I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned it on here before, but if you've ever been around when I'm straightening my naturally curly and extremely thick hair, you've likely heard me sing the praises of the Chi straightening iron. I love this thing. It does magical things to my hair and makes it seem like it just naturally happened (the 20 minutes I spend doing my hair will tell you otherwise). Unfortunately, (knock on wood) I think it might be on it's last leg. It just doesn't seem to be doing as nice of a job as it used to and for a while I thought maybe it was just the excessive heat and humidity but the cooler temps have arrived and it's just not like it used to be. They're expensive but I've had this one for years and didn't expect it to live forever. Hoping she'll make it til Christmas or birthday season and Santa could help out with that one.
I still have a hundred or so miles left on the ol' running shoes, but much like my brakes needing to be replaced things will start to squeal and scream if I wait too long past that mileage before replacing. It's a ways out but knowing the price tag of a quality pair of running shoes, it'll be a purchase I need to plan for and stash away a little extra cash for. One could also argue these are more need than want if I plan to continue running - but we'll leave it on the need list for now. I don't know that it'll be this exact pair. I plan on having a gait analysis before purchasing the next set but I love my Saucony's I have now and these are a pretty pair (which I know is no how to choose shoes but for these purposes it is.)
So, while it's a little early for Christmas lists (that depends on who you ask, I'll be compiling mine soon), at at least $100 a pop for each of these items (some more), it's likely there will still be a few of these items hanging around for that time of year. Until then I'll be stocking away change and extra cash like it's my job in hopes of narrowing down these wonderful wonderful items and making some purchases of my own.
In the mean time, I will be over here celebrating my most recent addition to the household. I have been wanting a Dyson vacuum for years. The only way most of my friend's who own one acquired it was as a wedding gift. I had started to think I had to wait until I got married to get one of my very own. Until my extremely talented-at-bidding mother stepped in, worked her eBay magic and helped make my long standing dream a reality. I came home on Tuesday to find my new love waiting for me and with the easiest assembly in the world I was vacuuming all over the house in no time. I love it every bit as much as I thought I would and my carpets will be so clean you can eat off them with the frequency in which I've been using it.