I haven't posted for a while: the less I have to do, the less I post. Sad but true. The first day back seems as though it calls for a momentous post: on goal setting, the state of the economy, something big. But something big promotes writer's block, so I will start with something small: three things I learned on this day, January 1, 2010.
What I learned about shrimp: I went to the store to buy the de rigueur black-eyed peas, which people in the South MUST eat on New Year's Day for good luck. There I saw extra large shrimp for $2.98 a pound. There were some very expert looking shrimp buyers there. They told me to buy CURLED shrimp, not straight shrimp. Curled shrimp are alive when frozen. I was so excited to learn this, but Mr. FS told me "Everyone knows that."
What I learned about interpersonal relationships: Then, natch, I stopped at Goodwill, where one of the managers was shopping on her day off. She showed me the Chanel bag she bought. I said, "Is it fake?" She said, "No." Then she opened it up and proceeded to show me the label that said "Chanel Boutique." Last time I told someone a Chanel bag was fake, she started crying. So I just said "Wow. Great find." The lesson is to let people be happy.
What I learned about finances: I really am trying to clean up my life. However, I have been among the legions who avert their gaze when they receive their statements. I peeked at a statement from one of my mutual funds (a bad one that I should really get rid of) and discovered that they have been assessing a VERY LARGE (I am too embarrassed to say) low balance fee on my account. My account is low balance because--you guessed it--the stock market is still down around 30%. Lesson: pay attention and cash out of that fund! Not very frugal, Frugal Scholar.
Happy New Year to all.