A question from choire:

I've been thinking about your project for days now, and about "experiences" versus "consumables," which is an interesting distinction, and also about self-care. Because I'm a privileged person, I buy decent food, when and where I want, and, similarly, I pay for experiences and self-care sometimes. (Massage, for instance, when I throw out my back.) And somewhere in the middle: MANI-PEDI. The thing is: yeah, I can cut my own nails, sure. But I can't do what they do. What's your verdict?

Hmmm…this is interesting because “consumables” sits between “experiences” and “material stuff” in my mind. Or does it? Maybe there is no distinction. A mani-pedi is a consumable, but it’s also an experience. Going out to dinner is a consumable, but also an experience. Now you’ve confused me, Choire!

Let’s make it clear: weekly indulgent grooming behaviors are definitely not permitted. (That’s easy for me to say because I don’t ever do that kind of thing.) My gut says once in a while, a mani-pedi is acceptable. And bimonthly waxing is absolutely OK. This is not the year of turning into a hairy cavewoman. Thanks for asking.


In 2012, I'm not going to buy anything except what I've used up or worn out. For all else, I'll make do with what I already own or I'll do without. I've come up with some guidelines. Update: for 2013 I'm going to continue along, but not as strictly.


I'm Meg Hourihan. I live in New York City but was raised in Massachusetts. I blame my Yankee-ness for this crazy idea. Read more about me and this project.


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