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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

TMI Tuesday Conspicuous Luxury

1. Do you have a set of dishes that are used for special occassions (e.g. china)? Yes or no. If yes, how often do you use the special dishes?
a. any day because every day is special
b. once a week
c. only for holidays and celebration
d. never, it is displayed in a china cabinet or collecting dust in a box in the attic
I have multiple sets of dishes, but none of them are "good" in the sense of being on display or reserved for special occasions. I have them because I like them. I have a love of serveware and cookware, especially antiques. My favorites are green McCoy stoneware bowls and jadeite dishes, both from the 30's and 40's era.

Truthfully, I'd love to start a collection of Fiesta Ware (like that pitcher in the lower photo) but can't choose a color. I want them all and that's not reasonable, so I reel myself in. Also space is at a premium in my cabinets already. I also lust after Depression Glass Ware. Green of course.
2. Do have clothes that you never wear because you are saving them for a special occasion? What is that item of clothing? What would be the appropriate occasion?
If that special occasion is returning to a smaller size, then yes. I have jeans that I'm holding onto for the right time. Good butt jeans are hard to come by. It's like magic, I tell ya. Don't all women do that? *shrugs*

3. If you suddenly became very wealthy, which servants would you employ?
a. cleaning service Oh, my God, YES!!!! I don't mind cleaning - once - and then maintaining. But you see, I live with other people. I call them the 3 little pigs. They do not follow suit. And then there's the animals....
b. housekeeper No, I prefer to run my own affairs. I'm bossy. (you all knew that, right?)
c. cook No, I also prefer to cook. Well, maybe I'd hire one for the mornings. Show up early....have my mocha ready....prepare a nice breakfast buffet with a little bit of everything. Yum. Oh! I would hire a fulltime souschef, though. Because I hate washing dishes. That's what I really need - a kitchen bitch. :)
d. valet/maid/lady-in-waiting No. Too many people in my business makes me uncomfortable. That's too personal and too snooty.
e. chauffeur Maybe part time, or on call? I hate going to an event like a concert, play, football game...and then getting stuck in traffic. With a chauffeur I could spend the time having fun in the back seat, instead!!! But other than that, I prefer to drive myself, go wherever I like at a moment's notice.
f. dog-walker With a big enough yard dogs don't need walked. They can run free. Much better.
g. other A gardener and a masseur. I love planning my flowerbeds and landscaping but I never enjoy the dirty work like weeding and spreading mulch. Mowing the yard isn't much fun either. I would have daily massages and use the hell out of a personal masseur. Note I said masseur. ;) He'd be well paid and earn every cent. Disregard what I said earlier about staff messing around my business. I suppose you can't get more personal than hands and oil and body parts and sighs of pleasure, now can you? :)

4. If you were wealthy, how many homes would you own? Where? (locations–mountains, tropical places for the winter, foreign country/city)
I would have one home and maintain it well. I'm a homebody. I like to be grounded, so the idea of renting homes for a short time while travelling appeals to me more than owning multiple real estates.

5. If you were going to take on a really expensive hobby, which of these would it be?
a. buy an airplane No, no appeal there
b. buy a yacht I have always wanted my own boat. Drifting in the waters with nothing but sun and sea surrounding us. Only things to do would be sunning, swimming and sex. Sounds perfect to me.
c. buy a small winery I love quaint wineries, but they should be run by families. Not to mention that I have no idea how they operate. I could support one though. I'm a fan of wine. ;)
d. raise exotic animals No. I have no desire to be one of those people in the news that gets attacked by their "beloved pet". Because that's what happens when you try to cage an animal that should be free.

6. What kind of car would you buy if you had an unlimited budget?
a. expensive sports car I'd love to have the money to buy my husband a vintage Chevy COPO Camaro. He had one for the longest time, waiting to be restored, but the easy money tempted him and he sold it. And a brand new Camaro for me. I love the newer body. Carcoal grey.
b. luxury car I would need one if I wanted to mess around in the back seat, wouldn't I? 
c. monster truck No, but a sassy SUV would do nicely.
d. expensive hybrid or electric car a couple of these for my kids, sure. Why not?
e. cheap car (I’d be too nervous driving an expensive car). Expensive things don't make me nervous. They're just things.
f. something for the chauffeur to drive me around in See answer b.
Bonus: Currently, what is your favorite luxury item or decadent thing that you do? I have an expensive art hobby. Sure, I make some money at it, but I primarily do it for the love of creating and playing with colors and textures. My hobby saved my sanity during the stressful years of my marriage. I jokingly say it's cheaper than therapy.....but really it's not. Probably more successful, though.
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