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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

People Magazine Wants Me Back

I mentioned in an earlier post that I love the question game so here is the first question. What do you hoard? Webster says the definition of hoard is a supply of something, often hidden. The verb is to keep (as in objects or thoughts) to oneself. We are all hoarders of something...mentally, emotionally or physically. For example, I mentally hoard thoughts of Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch is his real name but the thoughts are mostly of Tim Riggins)or to be more mature, "to do" lists. I emotionally hoard fears of something happening to Leo or my kids and physically, I hoard magazines. It used to be books but when I figured out they were collecting dust since I don't have time to get absorbed in a whole story, I switched to magazines. Normally, I dread the school's fundraisers but when the magazine one came around, I was giddy. It was a win/win situation. I could get a bunch of subscriptions while helping Nico earn money for the school. Leo couldn't really complain since it was for our son's education and who doesn't like a magazine subscription? It's like getting a gift in the mail every month. At one time I had People, Good Housekeeping (which is ironic because there were always articles about how not to hoard), Redbook, All of You (great coupons), Faith and Family (I got this one when I was teaching RE but now that I am not, this will be an easy one to stop), Parenting and Family Fun. Now that I have seen them all in print, I admit...I might have a problem. Actually, I had a feeling I had a problem and saw that we could save money so I let a lot of them run out. Today, in my inbox was a message, "People Magazine Wants You Back!" Like the magazine addict I am, I clicked on it and the window is still open. I want to go back. I am trying to come up with a good reason to go back. It will be cheaper if I go back to being a subscriber than if I buy the magazine and let's face it...I will buy the magazine. I love sitting down for the 15 minutes I get before the next issue I have to deal with comes up and having a bowl of cereal, a plate of nachos or a bowl of strawberries and chocolate while reading a few pages of a magazine. I love the ideas in them that make me feel like I can save money, redecorate my house, be a better mom, travel to fun places with my family or realize that there is more drama in Hollywood than I could ever have here in this house.

The scary thing is I found something more tempting to hoard than all of the magazine subscriptions. I found a website that lists all mail order catalogs and they are all free. You can just click on the ones that interest you and every month another little gift. I can't help myself. Each catalog has things in it that might tame the chaos in my life. I page through Solutions catalog and I just know there are things in there that will help me be more organized. I page through LTD or Lakeside (LOVE these two) and there are so many inexpensive things that I really had no idea I wanted. I thumb through One Step Ahead and circle all the things that will make being a mom to a toddler easier. What I don't understand and really don't enjoy is why I am on Athleta's mailing list. I know I didn't put myself on a mailing list for a catalog that has a young, fit woman dressed in a bikini top and cargo pants on the cover and it makes me feel like a lazy slug when it comes. I do love the clothes in it and the possibility that someday, I'll have enough energy to do the activities that all the women in the catalog look so fashionable doing. Maybe by then, I'll also have the money to afford the insane prices they charge for their clothes. A girl can dream...

So again, I ask...what do you hoard?

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13 Comments:

At March 8, 2011 at 5:33 AM , Blogger QueenValerie said...

I am not for sure if I am subscribed to your blog or not... BUT I hoard formula coupons... BUT all in good faith... If I can't use them in the near future (haven't in the 2 years) I hope to share them with people who need them that I know... or now recently I plan to buy the formula and donate it for those that do need it....right now that is what I can come up with... BUT I know there is more (as I look around at chaos)

 
At March 8, 2011 at 6:55 AM , Blogger Declare Order said...

Mismatched socks. Even have a drawer for them. (It started years ago as a shoebox called, "The Lonely Sock Box.") If a sock floats around for a while without a mate, I drop it in. We dump them out occasionally and the kids help me determine if we can find any matches from the contents. Then back in they go. Only very recently did I throw away lonely socks with "Baby Gap" imprinted on the bottom.

 
At March 8, 2011 at 7:31 AM , Blogger Leslie DuFresne said...

Mmmm...Taylor Kitsch. Nice choice. He's in the movie Wolverine too. :)

 
At March 8, 2011 at 9:10 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Valerie, that is a sweet one to hoard. :)

Leslie of Declare Order, I love it! I have some of those, too. The "Baby Gap" ones made me smile.

Leslie, I know! LOVE Gambit and if they make a Gambit movie, I am SOOO there!

 
At March 9, 2011 at 1:22 PM , Blogger Julie said...

OMG Lonely Box. I have TWO laundry baskets full of lonely sox that actually probably have their mate in there like Nemo swimming upstream trying to find each other. I didn't realize I was hoarding until I read this. I only find it incredibly frustrating because I do a load of laundry a day and can't figure out when all my laundry is clean and put away how I still have this problem!!!

 
At March 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Right there with you!

 
At March 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM , Blogger Caramonster said...

Um, I probably shouldn't ask, Mike will kill me, But, can you pass along the free catalog website? Thanks.

 
At March 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Cara, that is so funny and since we need to stick together it is very easy. www.catalogs.com

 
At March 14, 2011 at 8:28 PM , Blogger lamb said...

here's a weird one but I hoard TV shows. meaning they are on the DVR. episodes and episodes of shows I want to watch, plan to watch, but never ever watch. lol!

 
At March 15, 2011 at 5:23 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

That makes sense to me since I do it too! I have a bunch of exercise shows on mine that I never get to but it makes me feel productive that it is there. I stopped watching Grey's Anatomy a few years ago but yet, I haven't taken it off my DVR. lol

 
At April 25, 2011 at 3:17 PM , Blogger Kendra Mareva said...

Hmm, I'm not much of a hoarder - weird how this subject is popping up all over the place lately. I guess it's pretty much a national epidemic! I blame it on the Discovery Channel!

btw, I thought I'd take this opportunity to say, I had NO IDEA how much you love strawberries and chocolate! Apparently, I have been very much out of the loop. ;)

 
At April 25, 2011 at 4:58 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

It's our free garbage day so I am putting a stop to the hoarding tonight. I think I have a problem with the strawberries and chocolate. I still can't break the habit and now I think I have to admit that is why I am not losing the weight. I mean, why can't I be addicted to exercise or vegetables?

 
At April 25, 2011 at 7:36 PM , Blogger Kendra Mareva said...

ha! That would be too easy! What is it they say about hard work and the things we most want? Eludes me now but you know what I'm talking about. :P

 

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