Sunday, 22 April 2012

Saving Habits

I've heard that I can save $4000 a year if I give up smoking.
If I gave up drinking I'd save twice that again.
It makes me wish I drank and smoked so I could give them up and have an overseas holiday.
Do people with expensive habits know how lucky they are?

It's tempting to go off the deep end and develop a cocaine or heroin dependency so that I could be rich after rehab.
I know - I'm joking about a serious thing and probably shouldn't.
I think the reason I haven't developed a drug habit is because I'm high on Jesus and high on life ha! I've never wanted to be dependent on anything so much that I'd rob my mother to pay for it, which is why I have avoided water skiing - I wouldn't like to develop boat dependency.

I've tried acid, cannabis, hash, wine, spirits, liqueurs and chocolate and can imagine having a habit for each, that's all.


The nuns at my Catholic primary school encouraged the students to give up something once a week for lent. Lent lasts for 46 days, about seven weeks.

Every Monday morning I placed an order for lunch from the school canteen. I always ordered a meat pie and a packet of crisps. Just before the lunch bell (a real bell that someone had to shake up and down in the air, you know, dingalingalingaling) a metal basket would arrive and one of us hungry children would call out the names written on each lunch filled paper bag.

Every Monday for the seven weeks of lent I would put my unopened bag of crisps into the nun's poor box. I didn't care much, in fact it was probably a calculated lental giveaway proposed by my mother.
After four weeks my teacher, Sister Lillian asked me if I'd like to give up something else for lent.
I think she was sick of chips.

 
 
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26 comments:

  1. Hee hee, loved this.
    The first time I gave up smoking, I was amazed at the end of the week, how much money I had left over in my purse.

    The second time, I was so grouchy, angry and weepy, that my mum and Spawn BEGGED me to go back to smoking.

    They're the reason I'm an addict. *coughs*

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  2. Never mind Lilly - maybe you wouldn't get that way if you have a nun's poor box to put your ciggies in.

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  3. Bahahaha! I'm thinking you should have been dropping acid and liquor in the box... (Dropping acid IN THE BOX, not dropping acid. Just to clarify.)

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    1. Hahahaha, yep you're right Stephanie - and glad you clarified that 'cause I wouldn't want to liquor anywhere.

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  4. haha! It's always so disappointing to find out that by doing things right your whole life you're farther behind than an addict. We were bad Catholic kids and gave up things that we didn't favor to highly but maybe ingested once in a while- like those orange circus peanut marshmallowy things. Being raised Catholic- the nuns always had a way of making us feel like no matter what we did- we were headed on the fast track to hell anyway. so, what was one more little Lenten lie?

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    1. That's the saving thing about being raised Catholic, you're a sinner anyway so you might as well sin.

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  5. I've always wanted an addiction so I could go to rehab and get away from the kids. Catholic nuns and law-enforcement father instilled a deep fear of vices. I've never even smoked weed.

    Jesus, I'm a loser.

    I'm turning 40 in about a year. Too late to turn things around?

    P.S. LOVED the pic of the nun. I think she hit me once.

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    1. Hehehehehe - gawd you made me laugh, so much I cried!
      It's never too late. I'm older than you and I still want to wear low cut dresses, smoke cigarettes, dye my hair red, wear loads of makeup and sleep around. One day...

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    2. Jonathon Livingston Undertroll23 April 2012 at 23:21

      oh man I'm just a lurker here Marianne but your comment forced me to make my first comment on Julie's blog.

      I'm male and a bit over 40 and I was also raised with a bad case of viceophobia, or more accurately consequenceofviceophobia. Now not a day goes where I don't regret wasting my youth on sobriety and chastity.

      It seemed like if I indulged my world would cave in and I'd be a wreck for the rest of my life.

      It's too late for me now... I'm married with kids and I'm not about to risk a drug conviction or cheat on my wife but if I had my time again I'd go nuts and make as many mistakes as possible!

      Its not all bad though... in another universe there's another me surfing my way through the endless summer smoking weed by the kilo and never sleeping alone and never in the same bed.

      Love you blog Julie... hope you got my pseudonym. I cant bring myself to use my real name or my world might cave in... Ahh Damn It Nothing's Changed LOL!!

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    3. Oh JLU I like the sound of the other universe and I'm right there with you on regret. Maybe it doesn't matter what you do but the way that you do it (if I had done more risky business with more abandon and less care I might feel more satisfied). Thanks for risking comment, 'just lie back, smell the flowers and check out the view!'

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  6. Every time I look at our household budget, I am dismayed by the lack of fun funds that are eligible to be cut. Why don't we do anything fun and/or habit forming either?!

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    1. Andrea, you have a budget? I'd be too scared to look at one.
      Maybe cheap habits is what we need - dangerous behaviour that doesn't cost much like stealing flowers from peoples gardens (just a couple so we don't upset anyone). The rush of avoiding capture could be exhilarating although I don't know about addictive and you don't save money by giving it up. :(

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  7. I love that chocolate is part of your habit-forming list. But of course, right? But of course. I've had many of the things on your list as well, and find chocolate to be the one that sticks around longest. Heh, pun intended, as well as all sorts of other things too.

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    1. db I reckon anything can be habit-forming. How much depends on how disturbed you are when it's not there.
      Which reminds me - I forgot to put sex on the list.

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  8. Loved this post! I remember giving up candy for lent! I was a candy craving kid! That didn't last long........ yes I snuck candy during lent.

    And like Marianne, I often wish I was addicted to something so that my family will send me away to rehab to Relax.

    I too tried certain recreational fun in my younger years, but acid always scared me. I swore I'd be the one who thinks she can fly and decides to jump off of a building, my friends agreed with me, so I was always the 'babysitter'.
    To be young again.Or......maybe not ;)
    Oh, and Dear God, I am so sorry I could not give up candy all the way. But I was 10 and candy was a bit much. You understand? Right?

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    1. Rehab...ahhh. When my kids were young I would fantasize about hospital.
      I only had a half tab of acid the once - glad I did and that was enough - but I'm not a flyer...
      Oh JR I wish I understood the candy thing. I was more of a stock cube sucker.

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  9. Julie,
    You are funny!
    I love your painting. :)

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    1. Glad you like it Nina, it's digital and only bucket fill because I'm not very digital savvy but it's fun because you can ctrl z if you make a boo boo, unlike water colour.

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  10. The most addicted I've ever been to anything is chocolate. Not the healthy dark stuff, I mean the rich, creamy, silky European milk chocolate. Mmmm!

    Julie I really laughed at your wonderful nun drawing and the hilarious (but probably very true) notion of the nuns scarfing down your crisps. LOL Too funny! :D

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    1. Glad you like it Susan - and the chocolate 'cause it's fun to like something you shouldn't. At the time I probably thought God was going to get the chips and now, well I realize a packet of chips is probably not worth saving for the poor, easier to just eat them. I think Sister Lillian would have preferred I gave up the MONEY they cost...

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  11. This is positively hilarious. Every year around Lent my husband and I discuss giving up things like murder or squid or shaving my legs.

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    1. Tangled - shaving my legs would be my choice of things to give up out of that list.

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  12. I gave up complaining and then complained about it every chance I got.
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  13. For some reason, this only showed up in my feed today! :P Anyway, glad to see you, this was hilarious :) I never had any nuns to make me feel like a guilty sinner, but I've been very good at doing it to myself. :)

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    1. Hi Skwishee. Yeah, but you know it's the guilt that makes us be sinners, because you have to sin to justify the guilt you already feel :)

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