Generally, I am not a materialistic person.
Yes, we've discussed before how I drink Starbucks coffee. And yes, okay, I am currently wearing a t-shirt from Abercrombie. But Starbucks is convenient and this shirt is really old. Really, its hard to tell if I am above materialism or just cheap. In the end, its probably a combination of the two.
Anyway, I am generally not excited about possessions. This week, however, has been an exception.
1) If you have seen or talked to me at all in the last four days, then this will come as no surprise to you: I got a new computer. I am excited. It has been years (okay, one year) since I've had this feeling of freedom...the liberty of listening to my music, the ability to refrain from losing IM conversations in the middle of a crucial conversation, and a new lease on life, free of the fear of uncontrollable, unpredictable black screens and computer death. I can't remember the last inanimate object that brought this much joy into my life.
2) My goal in life, at least through the next year, is to purchase and own a couch with arms. I have mapped out a strategic plan in order to achieve this goal. Vocational discernment be damned, I just want a comfortable couch arm to rest my head upon when I'm watching the West Wing.
3) Living arrangements. I am perfectly aware of my capability to live in cramped and less than ideal living situations. I lived in a 6-woman apartment last year with only one bathroom. I am hard, jaded, tough when it comes to living places. In our extended search for housing for next year, however, Beth, John and I have encountered several nicer places. The allure of hardwood flooring, entrance fountains and a full sized stove is playing with my head.
I think the best thing to do, in order to avoid this possession kick, the best way to side-step the guilt and avoid encountering the issue, is to become a farmer. Or, maybe, a traveling fisherperson.