I am aware that diligent others are busy writing novels this month, or hitting the “publish” buttons on their blogs every day, but here in the BlogLily household, we are doing something different this November.
It all began with the observation that we have too damn much stuff, an observation I make every time I walk through my house. Awash in it as we are, none of us seems to spend much time actually using all that stuff. And when Christmas comes around, there’s a kind of overload that seems to occur about ten minutes into present opening. We used to joke about how Laura and Mary were so thrilled by the orange in the toe of their stockings, and the corn cob doll, and wouldn’t it be nice if we were like that, but the joke began to feel bitter, resentful and a little hopeless — as though we’d never get a grip on the excess around here.
When THAT happens, it’s time to do something, which is how Little House on the Prairie Month emerged. It’s not very complicated really. We’re just not going to buy anything this month except for food. That way, except for crap people give you for free, no new stuff comes into our house.
Here’s my LHPM report for today, November 1, 2007:
Got to work and realized I’d already blown it — told child he could buy a book or go to the library today. Oops. Maybe we should have had some kind of big, big kickoff thing so everyone would be jazzed. Perhaps I should post some rules.
Did not buy latte at latte place. No big deal. There’s coffee at work. Anyway, I don’t even really like coffee that much. I just use buying it as an excuse (I’ll admit it now!) to prolong the amount of time I spend not working. Thought about whether paying for parking is included. And how about the thing I bought on ebay in October, but had to pay for today? What about money that’s just lying around the house? Can we use that? We’re going to need a guy in an eyeshade to help on some of these issues.