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.