Tuesday, 30 December 2008

I came, I saw, I purchased online

The day before yesterday I made an online purchase that will change my life for the better. It was a new dishwasher knob. Yep, the old one fell off into several pieces and I have had to use a pair of pliers to turn the controls and wash the dishes. But today, my shiny new dishwasher knob arrived in the post and I'm a happy bunny again. Don't forget, that to a person with few outside interests the new knob is v. important. It also means I don't have to spend £300+ on a new dishwasher. Result!

Yesterday I bought a new pair of boots in the sales. Brown leather ankle boots with a wedge heel. I already have the same style in beige suede and they're so comfortable but smart that I was chuffed to buy the new ones at half price. Result!

Today I made a purchase that - as soon as I bought it - I knew was a waste of the £21.45 it cost. While browsing the net I came across a newspaper horoscope from an astrologer who - when I was younger - always seemed accurate to me. I hadn't heard of him for a while, but for some reason felt compelled to buy his year long forecast for me, a Sagittarian born at a certain time in a certain place, during certain celestial patterns in the sky.

The forecast, called Year Ahead: Your Guide to the Future, arrived within seconds of the payment being validated. My, that astrologer works fast.

Within seconds of it arriving in my inbox I had opened the forecast and scanned through all 73 pages of it. 73 pages! I'm pretty sure that if I were so inclined I could find a horological reason for every decision, event or incident that will happen next year. Every single permutation of how I might feel or what I may choose to do is outlined in those 73 pages. For every day next year I could point to a line in the forecast that accounts for whatever happens, because I could read whatever I want into it. The astrologer himself even admits in the foreword that:

"Never forget that you have a choice about what happens in your world. If you want to be happier, you can be... regardless of what it going on in the sky. Likewise, if you are really determined enough to give yourself a hard time, you can probably manage it no matter how bright the astrological influences are!!!"

Well, thanks for that Mr Astrologer. What he doesn't mention is how foolish I would feel after spending £21.45 on his forecast. What a complete waste of money.

Still, at least I have my new dishwasher knob.



see you there! said...

Since I'm totally about the kitchen, I can appreciate your delight in the knob.

Horoscopes? Don't we all want someone to just give us the answer?


Jane said...

We have just had the en suite toilet fixed after several nights of the cistern constantly refilling. I know what a difference these little domestic fixits make!
Thanks for your support over recent weeks. X

notSupermum said...

Darla, I agree about the horoscopes. I do think there is something in the characteristics of the different signs, and I have good reason to believe that (a whole new post possibly?) but the general horoscopes are just too...general usually.

I can think of times in my past when I used horoscopes and tarot card readings to give me answers, when in fact the answers where in me all along.

Jane, yes those little things can make a big difference. And you're more than welcome, so nice to hear from you again :-)

lunarossa said...

I got two new knobs for my cooker a couple of months ago after my son set fire (accidentally of course!!!) to it and the old ones got melted. it took me ages to find them on the Net but when I got them I felt really satisfied. With regard to your horoscope, I'm sure it would make a good reading so consider it as having bought a book! Wish you all the best for the new year. Ciao. Antonella

Karen said...

Jean, are you back!!!!! Hope all is well. I love the sound of your new wedge boot! Show us girl!

notSupermum said...

Hey Kayleigh, that's a strangely appropriate saying ;-) I love my dishwasher although it's quite old now - about 10 years old - but still working, so I'm happy!

Maybe I should send you a dishwasher knob and you would have to buy the appliance to go with it?!

Happy new year to you Kayleigh, hope it's a good year for you.

La Belette Rouge said...

I only believe my horoscope if they say nice, positive and hopeful things , otherwise I think they are totally garbage.;-) Congrats of your beautiful knobs.:-)