I'm noticing that this is a trend. In setting up the house, I'm finding myself being much more thoughtful. Rather than A) I have this picture so B) this picture should be hung up I'm thinking about style and presentation and "pretty." I bought a vase for no other reason than I liked it's color. I have no intention of ever putting flowers in it. It's sole purpose is to sit and be pretty. I love it. I feel feminine with all these thoughts in my head, as I daydream about finding the perfect piece of art for this one corner, or the perfect shelf to hold the perfect tchotke, which has no purpose but to be pretty. In the past, I think I've equated "pretty" with "irresponsible" and so I've forced myself to choose function over form. Something about this latest move has changed that. I bought red pants because they made me happy. I have style boards bursting on pinterest. And I want an iPhone, despite being able to make-do with something cheaper. (I feel like I need to add the disclaimer that we are still working towards some kind of fiscal responsibility and debt reduction. Noted.) I want pretty. I want what people have. It makes me happy, which I'm finding also reduces The Crazy. See what I did there? Totally justified all my no-justification-neededs.
Its expanded to the kids too. C and I have been avoiding buying Eli a Beyblade for almost a year now. Truth is, I totally don't get it and it seems like the kind of toy that either requires a lot of accessories or gets played with once. We've redirected and overemphasized better, less TV-tie in toys. C even made him homemade Beyblades out of rollerblade wheels. Last week, two separate kids brought Beyblades to school, and wouldn't let Eli play with them. Poor kid. So I came up with token jobs he could do to "earn" the money and the kid is now sleeping with his Beyblade. I think that, even if he only plays with it for a day, it's all good. He got his "pretty," his "because I want it." I think we all need that every once in a while. So what's your "pretty"? What's your thing that's sole purpose is to make you happy?
Also, if you have any opinions on the iPhone, I'd love to hear them. Is it as cool as I think? And do I go with white or black?