I was talking with one of my customers this week about the things we will splurge on and the things we wont.
She was asking me about my hairdresser. The hairdresser that I went to 6 months ago and got my hair cut for the first time in 5 years. It was a wonderful experience, he is the perfect mix of personable and professional and gave me exactly what I asked for. He used about 4 different pair of scissors to cut my hair and he styled it perfectly. Then took the time to show me alternative ways to wear it. It was everything I had hoped for. Honestly after he was done I felt like I needed a cigarette.
The crazy thing is that, while I loved that experience, I just find myself being too… oh let’s call it frugal (instead of cheap) to splurge on routine cuts and colors. Or for that matter manicures or pedicures. I’ll admit that there is a part of me (being a woman and all) that feels guilty about not doing these things for myself, and I’m sure if I did do them some of those hard mirror days might not be so hard.
(Sidebar here… I do realize that a cut and color is not going to take the place of or cover up the lack of exercise and healthy living. Those two things are still a struggle for me to get enough of what I should…. I’m going to go make a green smoothie right after this post!!!)
Now, I don’t want you to get the impression that I walk around looking like a hairy gorilla with dirty nails and toes. That’s not the case at all. I mean I do shave my legs, and I paint my toe nails, and I color my own hair (sometimes successfully). I just find these things to be “doable” for me. Does it look as good? That would be a big fat NO. But, I look ok. The ZMan thinks I’m beautiful (he says so anyway, and it’s not just when he is wanting something) so I believe him, and that’s what matters to me the most.
However, having stood on this soap box for the last 5 minutes claiming to be this frugal smugal woman of sensibility…. Did I tell you that I now have about $326.52 worth of olive oil and aged balsamic vinegars in my pantry. No, it’s not huge vats of olive oil and vinegar, the volume is much less. It’s approximately 10 bottles the size of a regular wine bottle. (which used to be 750 ml I’m not sure anymore because I’ve graduated to the large bottles and the boxes) 😉
Anyway, I digress, but isn’t that the point of a blog? HA!
It got me thinking about the things we’ll splurge on and the things we wont. Now, I’m certainly not passing judgement on anyone who goes for weekly pedicures, I just happen to be the type of girl who gets one once a year.
It’s just that I can not press my own olives into a beautiful oil, or age my own vinegars into a thick, rich, sweet balsamic vinegar.
I suppose the point of my post might be that I certainly would if I could. But the chances of the ZMan and I owning a vineyard in Napa valley growing our own grapes and olives is very slim. Oh, how I would love that! But it’s still unlikely. So, I’ll keep buying my good olive oils and vinegars and be happy that I can.
And tomorrow I’ll be going by Sally’s Beauty Supply to pick up hair color to color my hair this weekend, because I have a very special wedding to attend next weekend, and the roots are a little too prominent right now.
What do you splurge on? I’d love to know.
Tonight is pizza and beer night for me and the ZMan. I think it’ll be a ham and pineapple pizza tonight. YUM!
I hope you have a fun Friday and lovely weekend.
Y’all Take Care!