I’m not sure why buying things cheers me up. I already have more crap than anybody else on the planet–the joke here is, “Don’t ask Aunt Jenny if she has something, ask her where it is”–plus I’m broke. But this week I found cheap stuff (rule: must be under ten bucks) that made me smile. And here’s the thing: according to several different places on the net, smiling relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, makes you more attractive to others, boosts your immune system, and is a natural painkiller. So as long as the stuff that makes me smile is under ten, I figure I’m getting a deal. Do you know what therapy costs?
I found a one-hour hourglass timer at T.J.Maxx for $9.99. I’m using it to kick start the writing every day. “You just have to write until all the sand is in the bottom.”
Beats any digital timer and makes me happy at the same time. There’s something so soothing about all that sand slowly falling . . .
iTunes has forty Drifters songs for $9.99. It’s the All Time Greatest Hits and More (1959 to 1965) by The Drifters.
The Drifters may be my favorite group of all time–they’re always in the top five–because their music makes me insanely happy (“. . . something happens to me that’s some kind of wonderful . . .”) and I can get their songs for a quarter each. Whoa, Nellie, I’m there.
I was searching for pins on eBay (don’t ask, it’s for a project) and I found this one:
Gertrude looks like she doesn’t take any crap from anybody, kind of a German Mona.
She only set me back $9.49 including shipping, fifty cents under my limit. I figure she’ll make me happy every time I look at her. Even if that’s only ten times, that’s less than a buck a smile. DEAL.
And then there’s Standoff, one of my all time favorite TV series which unfortunately only lasted eighteen episodes (morons cancelled it) but all eighteen are available on Hulu Plus along with a ton of other stuff for $7.99 a month.
It’s Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt (fun fact: they met on the series and got married three years later) as hostage negotiators who are also lovers. One of the smartest things the series did was begin after they’d slept together, three months after, as Matt announces to the world in the first episode (which was dumb and out of character but I went with it anyway). I love the way they layer the relationship with the hostage negotiations–as Emily says, “At the heart of every crisis is a broken relationship”–and I love the smart ass humor and great chemistry. (One of my fave moments is when Emily is trying to explain how things have changed to Matt, and tells him it’s like crossing the border between Portugal and France, everything’s different. Matt says, “You know Portugal and France don’t share a border, right?” And she says, “I know, but what do you think? What are you thinking right now?” And he says, “I’m wondering if I’m going to get into Portugal tonight.”)
Eighteen great episodes, Ron Livingston and something to smile about in every one. Bonus: Hulu Plus means not bringing more actual stuff into this house.
Speaking of having too much stuff, I mentioned to Light that my drawing paper was in the studio. She said, “There’s a studio?” I said, “You know, that big room off the office. The one with the pool table.” She said, “We have a pool table?” Sometimes you don’t have to buy stuff, you just have to dig it out.
Oh, and I also bought a house in New Jersey. It has no poles but it’s also derelict with a mold problem. Or as Gaffney said, “How much did they pay you to take it?” If nothing goes wrong, we close in September and I’m the owner of a lot of mold with attitude. It was more than $9.99, but as I said, no poles.
It may be awhile until I’m back here again, but I am doing better, and I’ll go back through all the comments next week when I’m on the road and we’ll revisit coping strategies. One key thing: I’ve figured out what was wrong with my book–very excited about it, as a matter of fact–so I’m going to go turn over my hourglass and put The Drifters on and maybe get a picture of Ron Livingston for my computer, and then finish a book. Nothing but good times ahead.