Have you ever taken your own dexterity for granted? Are you often thankful that you can use a screwdriver, or write using a pencil, or cut your food without cutting yourself (I'll give myself a passing grade on this, but only due to ongoing mandolin issues).
This weekend my husband spent nearly 15 minutes trying to teach a 3 year old girl how to repair a doll house, which she conceptually grasped, but couldn't execute despite her best efforts. Later he asked me the dexterity question, and now I'm asking you.
Before I can start this post, I have a confession to make. I get most of my news from Twitter.
I know, I'm a horrible person, blah, blah, blah. Don't care. I make a point to follow socially conscious people so that I can learn about the big problems in the world. Otherwise, I ignore the politics and human interest stories that dominate the news.
So of course, since I'm getting my news from Twitter, I actually overindex on Buzzfeed articles and crap that's trending including the article where a Texas Man says he cannot afford his stay at home wife because she generates $73,690 in value, and since I'm a spaz it pissed me off.
I must say, it pissed me off for four reasons:
1. The mathematical calculation is incomplete.
2. The method is dumb because the only thing worth considering is opportunity cost.
3. Stupid economic evaluations undermine functional relationships.
4. Attempting to define extra market economic contributions belittles human dignity (ie he forgot sex and the fact that women always do more).
A few days ago, I read about Gwenyth Paltrow's $29 SNAP grocery haul on Budget and The Beach, and I was surprised to find how emotionally I reacted to the article. I think the reason for my reaction is that I have no patience for "raising awareness", and I think a "victim mentality" is one of the worst mental states for a person to deal with, but I'm also keenly aware that my personal privilege should serve to make the world better for other people, not just me. So the problem is that I'm Gwenyth Paltrow.
As a result of this realization, I decided to create a new kind of challenge that I call the 99 Problems Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to help me to become a more generous spirited person (in the midst of my own mess) by identifying another person's need in the context of a relationship, and to try to address the need rather than sweeping it under the table.
Most likely addressing the need will cost a small amount of money and a small to medium amount of time. The only rules of the challenge are that the relationship comes first (ie I won't do something challenge related if it means sacrificing the quality of the relationship), and I have to identify the need outside of my immediate family. And the rules can change because this is my blog, and I only have 3-4 readers.
1. I spend too much on disinfectant spray
My son is at the age where he sucks on toys (and everything else). I thought this was a teething thing, but its not. I teach Sunday School for 3-5 year old kids and they put everything in their mouth too. This appears to be a weird and lasting phase. As a result, I have to spray down all of his toys and other non-toy objects that he puts into his mouth with Lysol. Ergo, I spend too much money on Lysol to possibly buy him new toys.
2. Finders Keepers
I'm a wife, a mom, an employee, and a personal finance nerd who is devoted to spreadsheeting my way through life.