February 22, 2016

Mindi was able to get me a copy of this beauty:

David Graeber is an anthropologist, so he looks at the history of debt in relationship with social institutions such as “barter, marriage, friendship, slavery, law, religion, war and government.”

I haven’t even gotten through the second page, but this passage already blew my sheltered little mind:

I launched into historical background, explaining how, during the ’70s oil crisis, OPEC countries ended up pouring so much of their newfound riches into Western banks that the banks couldn’t figure out where to invest the money; how Citibank and Chase therefore began sending agents around the world trying to convince Third World dictators and politicians to take out loans (at the time, this was called “go-go banking”); how they started out at extremely low rates of interest that almost immediately skyrocketed to 20 percent or so due to tight U.S. money policies in the early ’80s; how, during the ’80s and ’90s, this led to the Third World debt crisis; how the IMF then stepped in to insist that, in order to obtain refinancing, poor countries would be obliged to abandon price supports on basic foodstuffs, or even policies of keeping strategic food reserves, and abandon free health care and free education; how all of this had led to the collapse of all the most basic supports for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on earth. I spoke of poverty, of the looting of public resources, the collapse of societies, endemic violence, malnutrition, hopelessness, and broken lives.

Wait, seriously? I’ll let you guys know more as a I continue to read through this.


I finally managed to browse through the Anthropologie home catalog, which is obviously incredibly expensive home decor porn. Look at this:

Shag Puff Chair — $898, Lacquered Regency Desk — $1,998, Gleaming Primrose Mirror — $1,048

This is so romantic I want to smash my face into a wall. The mirror is so, so beautiful I want to cry. I actually would love to put a mirror like this on my mantelpiece.

Conservatory Jewelry Keeper Tray— $34

Oh look, something I can actually afford! Is this kind of like Costco, where they put super expensive TVs, sound systems, computers and jewelry at the front of the store so you’re primed to buy and then you see batteries for $15 and since you can afford these batteries — you buy six packs of batteries? Because I’m primed to buy this beautiful tray to put my nonexistent make up in on top of my nonexistent vanity.

Aprile Duvet — $198 for a Queen

This duvet is absolutely darling. I want to go into the store and touch it and make sure it feels nice. I love succulents, even though they die under my care. I’m like a green succulent widow.

As March approaches, it will be time to start visiting some of the stores I’ve been avoiding while attempting to “no- and low-spend.” Urbana, Sweet Salvage, The Shops on Camelback, West Elm, and Z Gallerie. I need to find more prints to add to my collection that I can then frame and just throw up on the empty walls. NO MORE EMPTY WALLS!

But before we get into la-la land, here are the things around the house I actually have to get done before we go about decorating:

Outlet — $12.71

I should probably get on my outlet replacing project. All the ones in my kitchen are this color except for the three panel near the sink, so I should buy this and just get it done. I also need some oversized ones for my bathroom because I can kind of see the edges of the hole right now, which isn’t great.

Picture of my living room from the previous owner

My house has vaulted ceilings and a giant uncovered window on the south-facing wall. Ideally I need a ceiling fan in this room and some kind of window covering (either shutters or a sunshade of some sort). I asked a handyman once how much he’d charge to install the ceiling fan and he said $200 plus the cost of the ceiling fan, so I went ahead and scrapped that idea, haha. But I think with three people living here now, we need a way to keep the house cooler without turning the A/C down for such a large part of the day.

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