Necessaries

by Marinka on October 10, 2012

Look, I’m on a budget, ok?

And the budget includes only essential items except for those rare times that I  have to go out to have caviar pizza with Kelcey, Karen and Stacy. Oh, I haven’t told you about that yet?

It’s sort of a long story about how one day I bought a Groupon-type deal for dinner at Pravda, Russian bar-restaurant downtown that I thought closed in the 1990s, and then became a maniac because I was worried that the Groupon-thing would expire and I’d be stuck with a piece of paper that was worthless, no offense to the tree that gave it life.  So we finally went to the dinner and Kelcey and I had pizza with salmon and caviar which was delicious.  And super authentic, because when I was growing up behind the Iron Curtain, everyone ate like that.  But we washed it down with prosecco and I had a Lenintini so I’m not going to complain.

But this post isn’t about that.

This post is about how I’ve been on a budget and how whenever the kids ask me for something, like breakfast, for example, I remind them, “we’re on a budget!”

And then they pout or something, but who cares, because problem solved! We’re on a budget is the answer!

But the other day, I was looking on Etsy, that site where people who are crafty get to show off, and I came upon this:

 

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As normal people, we’re thinking the same thing, right? MUST. HAVE.

And of course as soon as I saw it, I wanted it. Because what kind of animal (cats excluded) doesn’t want something like this with gourd season upon us?!

I reviewed our budget and unfortunately didn’t see an item for decorative cat hats. But I reasoned that with the cold weather coming, Nicki was going to need a hat, right?

So I got it.

And when my daughter saw it, she said “I thought we were on a budget” in a way that made it clear that she saw my purchase as a waste of money.

I tried to explain the concept of Must Haves but Young Ladrinka piped in with a “that’s a total waste of money” which made me feel like he thought that my purchase was a waste of money. Although it’s possible that I’m reading too much into it. I probably am.

I mean, how could someone look at something like this and not think that the hat is a wonderful investment?

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hokgardner
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October 10, 2012 at 8:16 am

I still think she’s plotting to kill you in your sleep.

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Marinka October 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

sleep?! I’m never going to sleep again.

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Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes October 10, 2012 at 9:51 am

Do they come in pink? Orange is not really my cat’s color…

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Marinka October 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

They don’t come in pink since pumpkins don’t come in pink.

::glare::

You could maybe get a “strawberry” hat in pink. But overall, I think it makes a lot more sense to just get your cat dyed. A lot more sense.

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Joycelyn October 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

Clearly a must have! Just because I wouldn’t sleep with the cat in your Ron for awhile doesn’t make it a bad budget sped intrude. She (the cat) does look like she is plotting your demise.

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Marinka October 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

To be fair, she often looks like she’s plotting my demise. It must be a very intricate plot at this point.

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Mexmom October 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

That hat was obviously needed by Nikki

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Marinka October 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

With winter around the corner, I agree!

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deb October 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I wonder if Nicki knew, when your daughter opted out as blog fodder, what that would mean for her. Did she see the pumpkin hat coming down the pike? I certainly didn’t!

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Marinka October 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I think my daughter is going to be sorry when she realizes that she could have had that hat. If only she’d remained blog fodder!

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Peajaye
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October 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

It’s only a waste of money if you didn’t buy a matching one for yourself.

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Marinka October 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Obviously Nicki is the canary of the family. We will all sport these hats before too long.

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magpie October 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

If I show this post to my child, she will demand a hat like that because the Etsy model cat looks EXACTLY like our cats.

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Marinka October 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I don’t mean to be racist, but don’t all black and white cats look exactly like that?!

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joeinvegas October 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

It is very clear that Nicki does not view it as a good investment. I think it’s cute.

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Marinka October 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

To be fair, how often do we seek investment advice from our cats? (Don’t tell her I said that)

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Phoenix Rising
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October 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm

We have one of those fake plastic geese, well goose because there’s only one – at least I think it’s a goose; maybe it’s a duck – anyway, the fake animal thing is in our office because some lonely mostly senile elderly woman gave it to us. And it came with clothes for each season so I feel obligated to change its outfits from time to time. My point is, our plastic goose clearly does not appreciate and enjoy the costumery nearly as much as Nicki, so OBVIOUSLY I have included “live office cat, litter box, food, supplies and seasonal wear” to the budget.

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Marinka October 11, 2012 at 7:19 am

There are some added expenses to consider– like therapy for live cat. And possibly everyone else.

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anna see October 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm

i guess you know where i stand on this considering my dog has a yankees uniform and a pumpkin costume. and, no, she’s not a poodle. she’s a lab.

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Marinka October 11, 2012 at 7:19 am

she’s getting kicked out of the lab club, I just know it.

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Deborah J October 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

That is a lovely outfit to wait for the Great Pumpkin in.
…or you could train her to trick or treat. Awesome candy haul!

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Marinka October 11, 2012 at 7:20 am

training commences immediately. The Olympics will have nothing on us.

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the mama bird diaries
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October 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I love it! Today my daughter Dylan told her sister that we didn’t get balloons on her birthday because they are too expensive and we’re on a budget. But a cat hat. That is clearly an investment piece.

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Marinka October 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

Yeah, balloons and all that birthday “happiness” are clearly a waste of money. I’m glad that you can appreciate cat hat value.

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Kati October 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

LOLOLOL, that is PRICELESS!! You’re right, that fit into “essentials”.

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tracy@sellabitmum
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October 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

Dying. He loves it! Now he NEEDS the matching sweater..screw that budget!

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tracy@sellabitmum
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October 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Shit, she’s a she not a he. Okay – she needs a dress not a sweater. ..also, don’t unfriend me. :)

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Ann
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October 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

NikkiBooBoo here we come.

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dusty earth mother October 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

A very nice hat, but have I shown you my pugs in their wigs? So fetching. And so replaced our dinner budget for a week. And so worth it.

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