That Sunday morning regularly brings trend piece-induced nausea is more a sign that I need to expand my sources.
Because the new season of Girls premieres tonight, a reference has been woven
into every article possible (I'm not actually going to search, but I'm certain
it's more than the two that just caught my eye).
The latest in hand-wringing for young people is that
millennials no longer date and it's horrible. Um, minus the text messaging, this
isn't new. And I wouldn't doubt that it was going on a generation previous. I'm
pretty certain that single friends my age, which is most of them, don't get taken out to dinner or movies or go on
walks in the park or are given bouquets of roses. I'm not saying I approve of
this and how I'm supposed to meet and interact with men as a middle-ager who's
out of stalking practice has been on my mind, for sure. Sleeping with strangers
and near-strangers or just hanging out and drinking was pretty much my full 20s
repertoire. No harm, no foul. I had never been a real date until I met the person I dated for 13
Oh, and young people are also spending more than
half of their incomes on bad NYC restaurants.
I'm on the verge of spending nearly half of my
income on rent, though to be fair I've socked away a decent savings banking
(well, I thought I did until the aforementioned article introduced the
possibility of 20somethings amassing six figures for down payments on starter
apartments) on this exact scenario occurring one day because I've never quite
paid half of my shared rent (though close). I'm going to get all Billfold on
you because I'm big on financial transparency; nobody wins when salaries and
expenses are kept so hush hush. Using standard NYC guidelines of needing to
earn 40x monthly rent to qualify for an apartment, I should be able to afford
$2,125. Ouch. I'm currently paying $1,600.
Then again, I'm a Rip Van Winkle.
Rents have doubled since I last lived alone in 2004. My $750 basement apartment
would easily be $1,400 now. And yes, my salary has increased 200% during that
time frame (and not to jinx, but I'm kind of hoping for/semi-expecting
a bump up, tiny or not, in the next month, so there's that to hold onto). I don't need to indulge my hovel fantasies. My first
inclination is to find a cheap dump in a marginal neighborhood, but the adult
part of me refuses to live anywhere with a standard issue Magic Chef stove and
those hideous dressing room bathroom
lightbulbs and particle board cabinets. I've decided that I won't live anywhere
without an in-unit washer and dryer and a modern kitchen that must have an
island (it's shocking how many expensive new buildings just have a row of
appliances shoved against the wall or wedged n a corner, assuming no one actually cooks).
of that there probably won't be any vacations or fancy dinners or new clothes
in 2013 (melodrama won't be tamped down, however) which is ok because I've been on a frivolous rampage (though
apparently Americans buy 68 pieces of clothing a year,
which is WHAT?!). In the past month, Dec. 13-Jan. 13 I've bought the
following things online.
(I know because I save all the we've shipped emails in a folder). Who
what I've purchased in person (not much really because I'm a shut-in). A
lot of stuff, yet only three items of clothing (for myself). I'd better
step it up.
Frames by Mail: custom
frame for this Loch Ness monster print that I purchased in August and
can't find anywhere, just the empty mailing tube, which makes me wonder if it
shipped empty or if I'm just losing my mind.
Overstock.com: cheap synthetic duvet insert for my
bedroom/guestroom. I'd had foresight I would've bought a higher quality one.
eBay: Diane von
Furstenburg zig zag duvet cover in green, Goldwell
Colorance Acid Color Semi-Permanent Coloration Hair Color 2.1oz VV Mix Violet, Goldwell
Colorance Acid Color Semi-Permanent Coloration Hair Color 2.1oz Blueberry.
Fab.com: S'well 9 oz. pink bpa-free water bottle, cats in clothes print because cats in clothes are awesome,
Cole Haan: Alicia oxfords in silver cloud/ultraviolet.
Amazon: Drops of God, Volume '01: Les Gouttes de
Dieu because maybe Japanese manga about French wine will teach me something,
Tweezerman Stainless 2000 5½ Shears because I've been using dull kitchen scissors to trim my bangs, The Junket, Kindle Single, Daddy's, Kindle edition,
Wine Library: Pehu Simonet
Brut real champagne, small producer for
NYE, La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial, Galevan Chateauneuf Du Pape.
Creative Nonfiction: online classes, which I've had to postpone until March.
Fresh Direct: grocery delivery Dec. 23.
See's: 1lb variety chocolates (gift for grandma)
Sleekhair.com: Goldwell Colorance Demi Color Acid Semi-Permanent Hair Color Coloration (2.1 oz. tube) – 5VA Violet Ash.
French American Wallpaper: $4 for a wallpaper sample that I never received and don't need now anyway, but still, shitty business.
the UK company I ordered kitchen wallpaper from, on the other hand, was
amazing. Samples and paper arrived two days after ordering (!) and the
samples came during Hurricane Sandy when other mail wasn't even showing
Camper: Sinuosa low-heel pumps that I've never worn out of the house yet.
J. Crew: Lambswool diamond sweater, wool cafe capris in Dublin green
against my better judgment because I don't wear pants, cropped pants
aren't generally flattering and J. Crew always runs small, and yes, they
were snug and I've not worn them.
Nespresso: 100 Fortissio Lungo pods, 100 Vivalto Lungo pods.
Let's see if I can get Jan. 13-Feb. 13 whittled down to nearly nothing.