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4 things I bought with my birthday money

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I guess I’m on a “4 things” kick lately. I think this is the third post in a week’s time that listed 4 things.(Although to make it consistent, I should probably do four “4 things” posts! Ha.)

My birthday was in April, I know…but I’m a little slow to spend money.

birthday candles

(the whole frugal thing and all!)

Even when it’s my birthday, I do think kind of carefully about what I buy, just because I like to spend money on things that feel worthwhile to me.

So, here’s how I spent my birthday dollars:


I bought the summer American Giant hoodie.

I love my heavyweight hoodie for cold weather, but sometimes you want something a little less bulky and warm.   I used to have one from Eddie Bauer, but somehow, I lost it.

How do you lose a hoodie?   Man, I dunno.   But I did it!


I love this jacket.   It’s perfect for spring, fall, and overly air-conditioned buildings in the summer. 😉

(American Giant doesn’t currently have this jacket in stock, since it’s the end of summer. Their Essential Full Zip (not an affiliate link) is probably similar, but it is more expensive. I’ll let you know if I see the summer one pop up again.)


I also ordered a book about the enneagram, which is a personality typing system. It’s along the lines of the Myers-Briggs, but not quite as cheerful.

Basically, it shows you a little more of the negative parts of your personality, which, while not as fun, is a necessary part of learning and growing.

I still can’t quite figure out if I’m a 2 or a 9, but hopefully that’ll become clear as I keep reading.

(It’s a little unusual for me to buy a book, as I usually get books from the library. This one’s not available there, so I bought it!


I also got a little piercing.


I’m not allowed to pierce my nose again (not until November, a year post-surgery) and I haven’t decided for sure if I want to.

So, I decided to do a small ear piercing for now.


Lastly, I bought a Danish dough whisk.

I heard about these from my instagram friend Kate, of Venison for Dinner.   And then I also saw them recommended by ATK.

Between those two things, I was intrigued.

I ordered this one for $10 and I think it’s great! I’m so surprised at how well it works for things like pancake batter, where a traditional whisk just gets all gummed up.

I give this a big thumbs up, and if you’re a baker, I think you’d love having one in your kitchen.


So. There’s where my birthday money went this year. I’m loving everything I bought, and things like the dough whisk and the hoodie will keep on making me happy for quite a while in the future. Love that!

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Sunday 14th of January 2018

So a year post surgery, are you going to get your nose pierced again?


Sunday 14th of January 2018

Nope, I've decided against it. My surgeon has, more than once, seen a piercing post-surgery weaken the grafted cartilage, and I don't want to risk that.


Sunday 27th of August 2017

I really like your new ear piercing! I'm a man, and would like to get the same one too (just the cartilage, not the lobes) but no one in our area has it, so not doing it for now. I also really liked your nose stud (and hoop), and think you should go for it in November, at least for the cute stud.


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

It's three years later, but I did it! Got it pierced half a year ago.


Thursday 24th of August 2017

I love learning about the MBTI types. I will have to check that book out. I am an INFJ and I've found learning about it helpful


Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

I own such a whisk! I love my Danish Whisk/Whip.


Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

I lost my winter jacket. It was a gray, wool pea coat that I got at the Goodwill Outlet, and somehow I lost it. I'm stubbornly refusing to purchase a new one, because I'll never find that good of a deal anywhere else. So, I feel ya on #1.

Happy belated Birthday!


Thursday 24th of August 2017

Funnily enough, I walked back to the reception desk outside our church nursery last night during service, and my jacket was laying across the counter! It'd been in the back storage room of the nursery. I most-likely took it off and put it back there when volunteering and then forgot about it!

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