...in which I grieve the loss of a friend whom I should have spent more time with.
Chapter 9 – Come Back Empty-Handed
...in which I blame my Japanese heritage for linking shopping with travel.
Chapter 8 – Ripple Effect
...in which I prove NASA wrong and fit everyone around the table.
Chapter 7 – Thing of Beauty
...in which I ponder what's the greater extravagance: buying a painting or a cup of coffee?
Chapter 6 – Rationalizing Tsundoku
...in which I justify my book hoarding as a business expense.
Chapter 5 – Tore-Churr
...in which I was was actively discouraged from buying a $29 battery (regularly $79) at the Apple Store by an Associate who bent my ear for 30 minutes telling me the story of electricity instead of selling me what I'd come for.
Chapter 4 – Their Other Halves
...in which I have a meltdown on the coldest day of the year because of unmatched plastic.
Chapter 3 – The Rules
...in which I come up with guidelines for this no-shopping experiment only after being forced to stay inside because of a major snow emergency.
Chapter 2 – Scratch and Dent
...in which I buy too much meat and makeup, and obsess about the value of things both pricey and priceless.
Chapter 1 – Guest Soap Voice
...in which I admit I'm a shopaholic and explain why I'm committing to a year of no unnecessary shopping, and all the decluttering, simplifying, and organizing that will result from my abstinence.