Weekly Woot & Grumble: Mom’s On Email and My Hands Are Dry
I invited ya’ll to sign up for our Frugalwoods email system on Wednesday in the first installment of our Frugal Homestead Series, and lo and behold, it worked! My mom has successfully signed up to receive our emails. This is a huge step coming from a woman who once accidentally bought something on Ebay (sorry mom, it’s true). My mother-in-law signed up awhile back, so we’re feeling pretty good about our metrics over here.
Mr. Frugalwoods and I are really thankful that our families are so supportive of not just Frugalwoods, but our entire non-traditional life plan. While I’m pretty sure they think we’re a little nuts, they’re loving, understanding, and genuinely interested in what we care so passionately about. I know that not everyone enjoys this type of openness with their families, especially around financial topics, and so I’m humbled and grateful.
Speaking of family, I want to update you and let you know that Frugal Hound is doing very well with her now two-week-old food pacer ball. I’m pleased to report that she is eating much more slowly, she’s no longer afraid of the ball, and she’s only barfed food up once since we got it. You’re welcome for that last detail.
Beyond our families, I’m also deeply grateful for the incredible online community we’ve met through Frugalwoods and our involvement in the online personal finance space. The power of the internet to connect us with each other is, in a word, awesome.
Frugality is not exactly a club you can join or a bar you can go to or a sport you can participate in. Living below your means is not a hot office conversation topic and it’s just plain awkward to discuss early retirement with most people in the world. So, the fact that we’re able to meet other like-minded folks through this medium is such a rewarding experience. I’ve gotten to know some of you frugal individuals in real life here in Cambridge and over email, which is a true testament to the power of the digital to translate to the analog. Woot!
Since you’ve read this far I’ll assume you’re at least mildly interested in me (or your screen is frozen and so you had to keep reading), so perhaps you’d like to follow me on Twitter: @FrugalWoods. Occasionally I tweet out requests for advice on the proper use of margarine vs. butter. Frugal Hound photos also make an appearance. I just want you to be prepared.
Thank you for reading Frugalwoods and for being my frugal friend!*
*Mr. FW said that sounded kinda overly mushy, but I’m totally OK with that.
This is a grumble of a personal nature: I’ve got dry skin issues on my hands like whoa. My hands are so dry right now, they’re cracked with an occasional trickle of blood. Apologies for the bodily fluid mention, I just want to make sure we all understand what we’re dealing with here. Winter always yields dry paws for me, but this year is the worst it’s ever been–get this, my PALMS are cracking. Not cool palms, not cool.
Here’s my current hand dryness-mitigation regime: apply unscented aloe lotion all day long (especially accidentally right before I want to eat so then I’m trying to wipe the lotion off my fingertips in order to not ingest large quantities of it), and use a generic version of Aquaphor Advanced Healing Ointment (pictured at right) at night and wear cloth gloves. Result? They’re still cracked and dry. My right pinkie is particularly suffering, in case you were wondering.
So I ask you, dear frugal reader friends, what should I do for my humble hands?
(I’m willing to spend money–but not too much money–on a new remedy because this is getting ridiculous).
If you’d rather not talk about dry skin, how do you/don’t you connect with your family about matters of personal finance?
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