This next month has been dedicated to determining where exactly all of my money is going. So I'm going to use some combination of notes on my phone and Excel spreadsheet at home to capture and analyze such spending. I suppose I could just look at my bank and credit card bills from last month, but that won't capture all of the spending that happens with money I withdraw from the ATM, and plus, I just like having something to do. Hopefully this process will help me reduce spending just a bit, because I've been going a little overboard lately.
Lately I've enjoyed buying things, especially things that I don't think I really want, or which I wonder what people who want them are like. I've never purchased a magazine for "Men" before. Until today, when I bought two: Esquire (UK), and Men's Health. Why those two? Not sure... well, actually, I do: Esquire had a "Voted Men's Magazine Of The Year" headline along the top of it, and Men's Health had a headline that said, "Tons of Useful Stuff." I figure I need a bit of a refresher on what exactly it means to be a man according to the advertisers and the editors.
A few things I've learned so far:
* I should wear suits more often than I do (which is never)
* Whistling is OK while at the urinal but not while in a stall
* On the other hand, weeping is okay in the stall, but not at the urinal
* I should wipe my hand before shaking, but not shake with two hands
* The elevator is the most flirtatious place in the office, and I should master 5-second quips (usually at the expense of the person who just stepped off the elevator)
* The out-of-the-office reply isn't necessary for lunch break
* At the clubs, funny dancing isn't funny
* Neither is air guitar
And that's only from the first magazine. I haven't looked in the other one yet but suspect it to be as (if not more) interesting than the first. I don't want to make fun of the magazines too much by saying how superficial and stereotypical their advice is, but nor do I want to credit them for at least being a bit entertaining. I think they successfully walk the fine line between the two, at least from my first impression.
Camping was fun. Rode some horses on the beach. Ate some smores. I enjoyed the company of new people. Came back exhausted with no excuse. Took a nap today. Tried to go to yoga but the classes were canceled. Went to the gym instead. Tried to be productive on personal projects but decided to read instead and begin work again in earnest tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow, when I also have to try to acquire a new copy of that business license I accidentally threw away when moving in order to dispute my $2,000 tax bill due to confusion about the difference between me and my sole-proprietorship. I'd like to get new pants too.