for christmas--instead of consumer luxuries, i ask for things like 'a payment of monthly car insurance' or 'the payoff of a recent medical bill'...
i spend my weekends getting my oil changed or carpets shampooed.
i hear myself say "i'm teaching a workshop next tuesday"
instead of attending a concert, it's easier on my body to just buy the CD.
i get excited about furniture shopping, dry cleaning discounts and tax refund checks.
'vacations' are no longer defined by sandy beaches and pina coladas but rather just simply time out of the office.
my morning routine involves caffeine and NPR.
black friday just seems like total hell.