JB HiFi were having a 20% off all CDs and DVDs. A bunch of things I've had my eye on for a while were marked down and then had 20% off. So really, rather than impulse buying, I prefer to look at this as careful year long shopping and finally getting things at an affordable price. And really, when you get one whole TV series for less than the price of a movie ticket ... it's a good deal. I have a bunch of stuff now to watch - I was working my way through Gilmore Girls again last week, all that my brain was up for. I also grabbed a Vampire Weekend CD (Thanks to flinthart's Older Son and his subliminal programming) and Sarah Blasko.
maelkann went home to sleep, having come to hang with me straight off the plane, and I might have done some Amazon surfing. cassiphone are reading Joanna Russ and I figured we might want to do this together rather than me waiting to borrow her copies and because some of these are core texts that I should own. I bought On Joanna Russ, How to Suppress Women's Writing and The Female Man. I then started The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals because I need to start actually working my way through my books pile - book buying is easier to justify if it is actually increasing your knowledge base :) I also watched The Proposal and worked on the hexagon quilt - I'll try and post a pic tonight, it's grown. The movie was silly and thus perfect for my attention span.
I'm pleased with how the cooking efforts are going. I haven't yet pulled out my blender nor embarked on any cocktail making. I'm also slightly worried that these two resolution goals might involve a bit of an increase in my housekeeping costs. (Why isn't "do your budget, damnit" on my to do list?) I think part of making healthier cooking more enjoyable is the freshness and high quality of the ingredients. But on the other hand, I am a very bad housekeeper - I shop often, buy a lot of prepackaged foods (can be expensive) and am not good with using things up before they go off. Part of that is OCD related and has become a habit. I didn't shop as much last week, notably. But I have instituted a couple of rules to go along with the cooking exploration this year - leftovers must be consumed before more food is prepared, no meals in high rotation, buy good ingredients and enjoy the meal (reduce snacking after meals), don't throw out as much perishable ingredients - use up fruit and veggies in subsequent meals and look for recipes to incorporate more of the ingredients that I already have in the house (this one means it's ok for now to stock up on all sorts of base ingredients - flours, spices etc). See, if I had done my budget and spending records, I could adequately check whether this year is more or less cost effective.