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Just for ME

I’m one of those people who tends to go without. Because it’s easier to go without, to not have wants, to not even consider spending money on frivolous things. I’ve always been like this, just ask my mother. I stopped asking for things a long time ago and when someone asks me what I want for a birthday or Christmas, I can honestly reply ‘I don’t know’ because I simply don’t spend much time thinking about it. So the answer is usually ‘book vouchers’ – to which my mother in law usually tells me I’m boring. Ah well, can’t please everyone.

Anyway. I’m getting off track. Recently I sold off some of the books that were sitting around. Old text books, other things I will never read again. I accumulated a little bit of money, which felt good. I told myself I’d save it up in case of emergency. And then I spent some on a rug for the lounge so that we wouldn’t be so cold over winter.

Next I said to myself that I would spend it on maternity bras, or new glasses, those things that I really need. Cause money is always tight, I can help out like this.

Until a small voice popped up and said ‘hey, why not check out how cheap netbooks are on the auction site these days?’.

So I did. And they were cheap. And a burning desire to spend money on something I didn’t need arose. I don’t tend to indulge in these desires. Well, normally I don’t have any money with which to, so it makes the choice easy.

The more I thought about it though, the more I realized that it was about time I spend money on myself, just for the sake of it. Why shouldn’t I have a small netbook? Why, I could write in bed. I could take it with me when we go out. I could read e-books on it. I could sit in the lounge over winter with my husband/the heater and not freeze my ass off in the office all by myself in order to get a little writing done.

Hubby agreed it was a good idea. He fully endorsed me spending my money on something for me. I think that was just as thrilling as making the decision – it’s nice to know he’s on my team. It can be easy to forget that I’ve self imposed this lack of spending, he has never once suggested that I take more than my share, and I’ve often heard him tell his mother that I need to spend more on myself.

So I did. And my netbook arrived today.

Lime green, to match the nappy bag πŸ˜‰ Okay, so it was also the cheapest one I could get… haha the colour doesn’t matter so much to me as the fact it’s MINE and it’s FUN and I don’t have to share it with anyone else.

It’s teeny weeny, and I’ve yet to have much of a play on it (waiting for hubby to sort the wireless out on it later). It’s going to take a little bit of getting used to the small keyboard, but you know what? I’m not worried about that at all.

I’m looking forward to messing around with it, and having greater flexibility. I’m not putting anything on it that will detract from its functions: writing, reading (and a little bit of web browsing).

Look, it’s not even much bigger than the notebook I got for the Creativity Workshop!Β It weighs in at just over half a kilogram and it fits perfectly in one of the nappy bag pockets. Ah yes, I think this is going to be fun. And if it doesn’t work as well as I’d like? Hey I didn’t blow much money on it in the first place! Ivy is already eyeing it up – green is apparently her favourite colour now πŸ˜‰

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18 thoughts on “Just for ME”

  1. Awesome! I love mine – it makes writing so much easier. What type is it? Let me know how it goes – I’m going to have to replace mine later this year, and whilst I think I’ll stick with Asus Eee, I probably should see what else is out there.

    1. this is the super budget kind, it’s an Empress PC, “mini” netbook even – only 7 inches compared to the standard 10inch netbooks. But hey, it’ll do what I need it to and thats the main thing!

      1. Oh wow, those are cheap! And pretty! I went for the bigger screen on mine – horizontal scrolling would drive me absolutely mad – but it’s really good to know that there are still really affordable models out there. My bank account is still suffering from the last few months.

  2. Yeah I can imagine. Buying a house/moving in/setting up does a lot of damage to the bank account!

    I had no idea there were such cheap models around. It will take a little getting used to, but all good. I’ll be interested to see how long it lasts – but by the time it dies, I should have enough saved for something better πŸ™‚

  3. Squee!!! It’s so super cute and I love that it’s bright green! Hurrah for brightly coloured electronics. πŸ™‚ I love my netbook and dread the day when it dies and I will have to find a replacement. Congrats for spending some money on yourself too. You totally deserve it!

    1. thanks Kerryn – your netbook is incredibly pretty! it will be sad when it dies, but you should have lots of life left in it.

  4. Oh good for you!! I’m a similar sort, and when one of those moments hits when you say, “Hey, I’d really like THAT!” it’s time to go for it!!

    Enjoy it and I LOVE the color!!

  5. I’m finally getting around to visiting my fellow workshoppees, good lady, and it looked like I dropped by just in time to congratulate you on your new toy! I confess to being slightly lime green with jealousy… I want one (though perhaps in black or grey–I’m a guy, after all).

    Nice to meet you, and have fun with the new addition to the family. πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Simon, thanks for stopping by my blog! I can understand the guy thing, men seem to like to keep their colours simple πŸ™‚ I have it on good authority that Simon’s are decent blokes (or so my husband has been trying to convince me πŸ˜‰ lol).

    1. Thanks Alisha! I’m not sure whats with the lack of indulgence – maybe our brains click over after we’ve got married/had kids? lol we should definitely fight against it though πŸ˜‰

  6. That’s great! I love my laptop. Love. It. My husband made the grand romantic gesture, drove me to the Apple store (when I thought we were going to sushi), and bought the beauty. I totally understand where you are coming from when you say your husband’s endorsement of the expenditure means so much. It was, without a doubt, the most romantic and affirming thing my husband has ever done for me. It says that he takes me, and my writing, seriously.

    Plus, I get SO much more done now that I have a portable writing device. Lunch break = half an hour eating, half an hour writing.

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