Monday, October 23, 2006

Upcoming expenses I would rather not incur..

It has come to my attention that my lovely swooshy pants are a) a little too thin to be worn during winter, since I walk to and from work, and b) a little too short, such that they look funny when I wear shoes with socks. Now, not being a particularly fashion-conscious gal, the first distresses me more than the second. I'm still contemplating new pants though. I have decided to pay no more than $100 and see how far I can get on that - I think I can get four pairs with some creative uses of coupon codes.

Next is the expense for pet supplies. I regularly buy my guinea pigs' cage litter in giant orders from PETCO so as to save on shipping, but I am going to have to buy some supplies for another little critter.. my coworker's leopard gecko. This was her son's pet which was forced outside due to the addition of a dog to the household, and since it is now very cold out, she has brought it into the office. This poor little guy is in very sorry shape though, and his cage setup is really not conducive to health - lined with bark (which is poky and he can eat it - stick with paper towels people!), his hidey hole is a rock (COLD!), and he has no heat source, which if you know about reptiles is a Very Bad Thing (general ill health). He also really needs some mealworms to fatten him up but Coworker refuses to buy them since she is afraid of them. Really I just want to take this animal away from her if she refuses to care for it (she has admitted to leaving it without food for weeks at a time, and it is VERY undersized for its age) but I will have to settle for buying it some new cage accessories to keep it healthy (and keeping the mealworms in my office for snacks.) This will probably run me about $30, in addition to the $50 or so I usually spend on guinea pig litter.

New shoes - OK, this is an expense I do want to incur, but I won't (at least not for a while.) Check out these babies - Dansko's are very comfortable, but also very expensive, and I already have a pair bought on deep discount (even if these are way cuter.)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is really great of you to take care of your co-worker's pet. What a shame that she has neglected it so far. That gecko is lucky to have you!

Anonymous said...

Could you wear longjohns under your thin pants? They make very thin/silky/warm longjohns these days. I wear them every day from October through March. I can still wear some of my fancier pants that have thin material just like the problem you are having.

Single Ma said...

*smh* Ms Kira, Ms Kira...

A lady must have more variety in her wardrobe. :-)

Anonymous said...

It's totally unacceptable to neglect an animal like that!!! She wouldn't do that to her kid would she? Leaving the gecko without food for weeks at the time! I'll call the ASPCA on her if I were you!

HC said...

I just don't understand people who get pets and then DON'T care for them. I'm glad the gecko has you.

ricemutt said...

Hey Kira,

That's terrible about the gecko and hc's right, he (or she?)'s lucky to have you around.

You sound like a trustworthy and caring person, so if you have a paypal account, let me know the email address associated with it and I'll be happy to donate the $30 for your gecko cause :) I know it won't make up for the lack of a 0.3% pay raise, but hopefully it'll help you feel a bit better!

Take care, and I'll await your email (my email address is on my about section on my blog).