5 Words

Quilly has given me 5 words and she wants me to share my thoughts on them.  After you’ve read my meme, if you feel inclined to play along, say so in the comments and I will send you five words of my choosing.

1. Trinket

When I read the word trinket, I initially thought of the following adjectives: cheap, flimsy, disposable, expensive… and already I have run into a cliche’, with thoughts of cheaply made [in China, do doubt], overpriced doodads created for the tourist trade.  And yet, there are trinkets of value — be that monetary or sentimental.  A rich person might consider a pair of diamond earrings to be a trinket.  This week, I received a package in the mail bearing a key-chain with my nickname on it, which makes me smile (and think of Guinness).   <– That’s a shout-out to you, KCINNOTX 😉  I think that ultimately, a trinket given to someone is a little gift that says, I was thinking about you today.  I know it’s not your birthday, but I want you to have this gift as a token of our relationship.

2. Sandwich

I made 4 peanut butter & jelly sandwiches this morning and packed them into 4 separate lunch boxes (except we don’t really use lunch boxes anymore — they are padded totes of various sizes and shapes).  When it comes time for my own lunch, I won’t be eating a sandwich.  I’ve got my eye on a frozen package of shrimp won ton soup.

3. Hair

There are days when I question myself — why don’t I care more about my hair? I have been rather spoiled, as it is naturally curly (no, I do not voice the character on Peanuts! 😛 ) and I don’t have to do anything special to it. I’m a wash, brush, and leave-it-be kind of gal.  I’ve been cutting it myself for the past 2 years.  But I’m aging and there is now gray mixing in with the multi-toned brown, with the gray showing especially well around my face.  It is past time to make an appointment with a person who can give me a professional cut and style, and perhaps even a bit of color.

4. Purse

Along with my lackadaisical approach to my own hair, I am not fancy when it comes to my purse. For many years, I have carried a medium-brown purse and been perfectly satisfied. This past Spring, I stepped out of my comfort zone just a little bit and bought this:

purseIt’s not fancy, but it threw some color into my life (although it is still a plain brown on the opposite side — I’m not that much of a risk-taker, LOL).  The good news is, I can shove a lot of great stuff in there!  I’ve been known to add a water bottle, a book, the GPS, travel brochures and still be able to zip my purse closed.  However, for everyday use, it is too big and I lose things in it.  Can’t find my keys? Better feel around a little more… they might be under the camera!

5. Splurge

I was raised in a home where we didn’t have much in the way of “disposable income” so I’m pretty frugal most of the time. I married someone of like mind, and our poor children truly believe that money does not grow on trees. My husband likes to tell me that we are “broke.”  He apparently thinks this will keep me from buying things we don’t need, but I’m really pretty good at considering needs vs. wants. However, there are times when I do splurge on expenditures: a pampering pedicure, my annual Girl’s Weekend, or scented candles (I went more than a little overboard purchasing PartyLite items when SuperDad was deployed).  Dining out is definitely a splurge.  It can be difficult for a frugal-minded person to spend money, especially on big purchases.  For example, in a few years, we will need to purchase a new clothes washer & dryer, and I plan to splurge and buy matching side-load models.  Do I NEED a side-load washing machine? No, I only need a washing machine, plain and simple.  I desire a nice side-loading machine –they save water and are gentler on clothing– but I don’t need one.  If my husband does not encourage me to go ahead and splurge on the nicer model, I am likely to re-think my plan… after all, we’ll have 2 kids in college and a third kid thinking about college applications by that point in time.  Some people see stars when they are bump their heads, but when reality bops me a good one, I see dollar signs and my desire to remain debt-free jolts into high gear.

17 responses to “5 Words

  1. My husband sooooooooo wishes he was married to YOU! We have found our BIG difference, my friend! I am not frugal. I spent sO many years where I HAD to BE frugal… that now I have gone waaay overboard the OTHER way! I need to rein myself back in a little!

    I never thought of “trinket” as having value OR lack of value. I DO think of trinket as being something small, and well loved – but of not GREAT importance. Now you have me wondering… I’m going to have to go google the actual definition of “trinket”.

    • I suspect your husband doesn’t actually wish that, LOL 😛
      I didn’t look up the definition of trinket… I just started rambling away on the subject. I do think that trinkets are supposed to be well-loved.

  2. Maybe your outlook on your hair and your purse are a result of your place in life right now. In the corporate world and the dating world, we are judged on our appearance constantly. If you don’t have right look or the right accessory, there might be something wrong with you. I don’t think that happens so much when you are in the happily married world. 🙂

    Send me 5 words. I will do this!

    • Karen, I am sure that I am judged on my appearance and I do not doubt that I fail to measure up to the standards of many people. It’s likely I am a teensy bit apathetic.

      I’ll be sending your words ASAP! Thanks for playing. 😀

  3. I love wash & wear hair…which is why it is so hard to find a good stylist 😦
    I like your idea of trinkets and my purse, well, it fits in my pocket, I carry a big bag if I need to go anywhere that keeps water and a book and bags for groceries and my camera.

  4. Since I trust you implicitly, I’m in.

  5. You had me at peanut butter and jelly.

    And front-loading washer/dryer.



  6. My hair is wash and wear. I wish for a bit of curl, but have none. AND, I color it myself. It is really quite easy, plus its a fraction of the cost of paying someone to do it for me.

    Tell hubby the front load washer/dryer will save money in the long run on water bills, soap (uses less) and clothing. It is also more environmentally responsible.

  7. Oh! Thanks for playing! You did great.

  8. wait, KC, what did Superdad have for lunch, if not PB?????????????

  9. I love anything patchwork.

    For many years I kept hoping my washer/dryer would go out and I could spring for the Duet. Now I wonder if I’ll even need it when the time comes.

  10. Interesting responses to those five words. I have naturally curly hair which drives my wife and sister who don’t up the wall.
    I am also frugal.

  11. I love these little tidbits you share. Super cute and fun!

    The purse, is adorable!

    The hair, get it done. We think we are doing so well for ourselves until we give in and splurge; as we walk out we reminds ourselves to ask forgiveness from those who tolerated our “look” for so long! LOL! (OK< maybe that was just me).

    Mayo? On PB&J? Surely, you jest….if not, don't tell…cuz, I think I'll hurl and I already had my allotment of that for the next year.

    Trinket — That is so sweet and so cute, except I'm jealous. I was always thinkin' I was your only Texas pal. But, I can still be your only SOUTH Texas pal, right?

    KCNOTX is up more North?

    Happy Sunday, oh wait, it just became Monday…[WHAT am I doing UP]

  12. Well, everyone else is playing so I guess I’ll play too! [But, I get to pick the words, right?] LOL! Anal, control freak I am!

    Shoot me some purdy words, purdy Lady!

  13. I like what you had to say about splurging! Needs vs wants has always been hard for me!

    I’ll take 5 words!