I don’t ordinarily indulge in applying such a common word to describe myself, but in our home, it is a term of endearment. Jay frequently remarks that I’m a “cheap date.”
Often he asks if I’d like to go out to dinner, and I’ll respond that I’m fine with eating in. I like to cook. We go to the movies on bargain night, or much more often, enjoy staying in. Streaming a movie is fine with me. I enjoy using the library and can spend hours just pouring through the stacks.
And very often I’ll plan a time for us to be outdoors, which to me, can be the equivalent to a vacation without a price tag.
Simple pleasures help me breathe lighter.
Perhaps that is why, in part, I cringed just a bit after reading some of the comments associated with my last post written about Saturday’s outdoor hockey game at Dodger Stadium. Almost immediately it became obvious that I’d given the impression that I was watching the game from the stadium.
I was actually watching at home, blogging with laptop in tow. When the misinterpretation of events became clear to me I was quite uncomfortable. Then I had to think about it for awhile. Why did it bother me? Yes, many people responded that the event itself was “ridiculous” and made it clear they didn’t see much value in the transformation of ball park to ice hockey rink.
But why was it important to me that no one think I had actually spent a good “hunk of change” on the event?
I have been sitting with the question for a couple of days and I think I have the answer. It’s because spending that amount of money on something that I had clearly stated I didn’t even enjoy isn’t congruent with who I am.
The activities that make me happiest generally do not cost a thing!
I am a little all over the place in what I choose to post about, but I think in the next few weeks I’m going to concentrate on posts that emphasize how many things there are to do and enjoy that require little more than time and enthusiasm.
Take a look at just a few of the places and creatures that I find delightful and satisfying. These are Southern California winter scenes, but there is natural beauty everywhere–even in snow and ice. And what joy–admission is free!
Where do you like to go when you need to let some air out of your tires? Are you also a cheap date?
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau