Every day around 1:30pm I walk down the four flights of stairs to my mailbox with as much anticipation as a five year-old on Christmas morning. Will today be the day I get a paycheck in the mail? Nothing about freelancing is predictable—the check could come early, or two weeks late—it comes when it comes and it's usually not at the times I need it most. But yesterday, instead of opening a mailbox full of bills and Crate and Barrel catalogs, I had a mailbox full of bills, Crate and Barrell catalogs AND a paycheck!
Before I even finished opening the envelope, I had already made a mental list of all the things I would now be able to do:
-Buy Luke a birthday present (something in the form of a nice dinner and a gift, instead of an "IOU" booklet that promises back rubs and home cooked meals)
-Get a haircut
-Take my dirty clothes to the laundry (Phew, I'm on my last pair of granny panties!)
-Pick up meds at the pharmacy
-Pay the cable bill
If I have anything left over I might:
-*Gasp* get a mani/pedi
-Go back and buy that $40 American Apparel shirt dress I put back on the rack the other week (or a few new basic tees)
-Buy a straw fedora (I've been wanting one all summer, and I need it for my vacation next week!)
As much as I hate being broke, it's kind of nice that I can appreciate things like groceries and manicures so much more than I used to. I cannot WAIT to hit up the grocery store today! What do you spend your money on when you have a little extra cash?