I haven't traveled for work in a good long time. But I did this past weekend, and quickly remembered that when I'm squirreled away in a hotel room by myself at night my TV watching taste becomes even more questionable than usual (this coming from someone who inexplicably found herself watching Rock of Love at home. More than once.).
So this past weekend it was kind of no surprise to me that I spent a Saturday evening watching a Suze Orman lecture on public television. And boy do her followers hang on her every word. Start to finish. Through tears they asked questions about fixing their situations, like the woman younger than I who had $8,000 in credit card bills, $60,000 in student loans (she decided to recently go to grad school) and a mortgage that she was defaulting on. Now I'm no financial expert, but when Suze said something to the effect of, "Um, I think buying a condo wasn't your best idea," I kind of agreed.
Suze's whole shtick is, "People first, then money, then things." Which, in general, I agree with. But I think she'd spontaneously combust if she saw this "thing" I bought last week:
I just couldn't leave this "thing" in the cute vintage store in Asbury Park. Flying Saucers is a great little hidden gem (downstairs in the Shoppes at the Arcade, so you can't see them from the street) with oodles of fun mostly kitchen stuff, old and new (but the new stuff looks old, and is fabulous). They had a smorgasbord of vintage juice jars like the one I recently bought, and I have a feeling a collection of these "things" could be in my kitchen's future. My friend bought herself a fantastic cobalt blue Fiestaware salt and pepper shaker set (new) on sale for $10, and I just saw them for a lot more online.
The sign appears to maybe be a salesman's sample, possibly? From the 1950s? The small label on the front reads, "Gunn Outdoor Advertising, Co." and I can't seem to find anything online about them. I love it in all of its chippy splendor and have never seen anything like it.
So in getting back to Suze, I guess my mantra would be, "People first, then money - and don't forget to save some of that because too many people spend more than they have, then things - but buy the things you want within your means. Because sometimes things, especially simple silly things like a miniature vintage billboard, can make you really quite happy."
But I guess my mantra doesn't roll off the tongue as easily as Suze's.