I have this “Registry Essentials” checklist from Real Simple magazine. It’s a long list. Some big things (knife sets, bed sets, cookware), some small (salt and pepper shaker, soap dish), some questionable (ice cream maker, umbrella stand, suitcases, 2-4 decorative bowls).
At first I very cautiously started selecting items, going line by line off the checklist. Then I became merely conservative, imagining the typical household items. And then, 2 hours of Internet surfing later, the heat started getting to me. 8-12 place settings? Sure! 1 serving spoon, 1 serving fork, 1 pie server? Okay! 1 set of serving utensils, 1 set of serving dishes, 1 set of covered serving dishes? Why not! The madness set in.
Online shopping is like a disease. I started to stray from the list and added whatever I wanted. Eyes bloodshot from looking at the screen too long, hair pulled up in a crazy bun, cheeks pink, butt numb. If it wasn’t for my leg falling asleep, I wouldn’t have made it out of my registry shopper’s trance to finally breathe.
No, no, no…this can’t do. I looked at my never-ending list and died a little inside. So then I started to delete items.
I’ll only need 1 complete cookware set.
Am I really going to bake that much? Nah.
Will I have guests over a lot? I can always get that later.
I’ll take off the 3 other bed sets. I have some at home.
And then things got crazy again.
An ice cream scooper? I’ll just use my bear hands. (You read that right. If I’m desperate enough to use my hands as ice cream scoopers, I suppose I’ll be fat. And then I’ll have bear hands.)
A winter blanket? Body heat. *wiggling eyebrows*
Vacuum? I’ll have plenty of packaging tape from the move.
Can opener? I’ll use my teeth.
Decoration? I’ll use my broken shards of teeth to make a mosaic.
Wanting is a never-ending thing! I suppose it’s just what is at the end of your want that makes the difference.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.”
Have a good day!