Things I've Given Up During Unemployment


Yesterday was the first time I’ve been to the dry cleaners since October. I was a very frequent visitor to the cleaners during my working years because I was both lazy and busy. In retrospect, I might have single-handedly sent the owner’s kids to college. I was a pleasant customer, too. I brought their dog, Sammy, treats. That’s how I roll.

So flash forward to January 2008. I have a basket of dry cleaning that includes one dress (that I wore in November), three shirts, and a sweater. When I stepped through the door of the cleaners, yesterday, the owner was so happy to see me that she gave me a hug. She told me I looked pretty. The dog (who only speaks Korean and doesn’t like people very much) came out to greet me and let me pet him. It was all love & joy.

This is the Midwest, but that’s a little weird — even for me.

I started thinking about things I’ve given up during unemployment. Life is so different when no one cares about your appearance and ‘don’t forget to pay the cable bill‘ is the biggest goal you set for yourself.

This is a list of things I haven’t spent money on since August.

  1. Massages
  2. Facials
  3. Manicures
  4. Pedicures
  5. Business-appropriate clothing
  6. Shoes with an elevated heel
  7. Shoe repair (from breaking my shoes on subway grates in NYC)
  8. Airfare
  9. Luggage repair
  10. Spanx
  11. Magazine subscriptions to business journals
  12. Business books
  13. Excedrin Migraine
  14. Donuts

I’m sure there are more things to add to the list, but I’m wanted at Starbucks for my mid-day coffee run.

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