Splurges… Friday Fun…

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.


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4 thoughts on “Splurges… Friday Fun…

  1. Totally agree 100%. I’d rather forego beauty stuff (shudder) and new stuff for the ability to fly back home 2 or 3 x a year. I’m happy with thrift store store finds, library books and Mcdonalds as a date night so that we can have current electronics instead of Windows XP. I like our simple life with our high tech gadgets.

  2. I colured my hair when i was doing re-enactment stuff and had to pass for a youth. I started going grey early (age 14) and dyed my hair with henna in my 30’s. Right before i got the job i have now, i used henna as i always had, and the hair on the crown of my head turned a dark green. It was around St Patrick’s Day, so people thought i was just celebrating. It faded after a couple of weeks, and when it went green a second time about a year later, i stopped using henna.

    A couple years later, my company got bought out and we were fearful of layoffs. A colleague told me of a box product she used to dye her hair, and it looked great. I used that for a while and stopped after about 2 years when i saw a picture of myself that a friend had taken with an excellent digital camera. My hair looked as if i’d plunged it in raspberry juice. Not the look i was going for.

    Then i moved and my hair went from grey to white except in the front. Think Jay Leno with that stubborn dark swirl. I’d found a wonderful hairdresser who knows how to cut my hair, so it looks great with about 30 seconds a day from me. I happened to look at the back of my head just before a haircut appointment and saw that the white had turned to a queer yellow, like old nicotine stain. Yuck. So i told Val, “Either we need to shave it all off, or i need to stick my head in a vat of dye.” She said we’d cancel my haircut appointment and make one for a week later where she’d color my hair. I decided on a dark red, having had lots of red highlights in my hair before and thinking my natural brunette color might be too dark. The red looked great, got brassy that summer because i was out in the sun, and it was Val who suggested that we go more to the dark brown side. My hair color is now the same as it was before i greyed, and i love it. I’m shocked at how much i love it and willingly budget for it.

    The only time i paid someone to put polish on my nails was 15 years ago or so. I was at a fife and drum event as a spectator rather than a performer, and a little girl stopped me as i made my way towards the bleachers and asked me if i’d allow her to polish my toenails for a dollar. She was about six. I said of course, and she did a great job. She used glittery purple polish, undoubtedly from her mother’s stash, and that was the first time i ever say glittery nail polish.

    My latest splurge has been to buy some flowers when i go grocery shopping. I started it one dismal late winter’s day, and i found some beautiful roses for $3.99. They made me happy, lasted nearly two weeks, and every two weeks or so since then, i’ve bought a bouquet of flowers. Usually the marked down ones.

  3. For us it’s a breakaway night in a nice hotel. Our lives are so full and sometimes dh can tell I’m getting to the end of my tether so he says, “We’re scheduled to go to X______so we’ll leave the afternoon before and stop somewhere for the night. Comfort Inn is usually our choice, has a free hot breakfast, and we joined their privileges something or other, so every now and then, we get a free night.

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