I do try to keep track, though I have to have it on a list, or I'll go way overboard.
Even when I had trouble meeting my rent, I always managed to get some aside for a new book once every month or so. I don't know if that counts, however, as books could hardly be called "non-essential" in my opinion. However, I also tried to go out to eat somewhere semi-nice every once in awhile, which, since it was generally just me, and I'd catch the lunch menu, wasn't too straining to the dollars.
Well, to this day, my weakness is still books. To be precise, I've gotten hooked on the Doctor Who books, which, since they're a: imports and b: only in hardback, they set me back $12 apiece. So, unless I'm spending reward money or it's a buy-one-get-one deal, I have to limit myself to one per trip, generally less than once a month. Money isn't as tight as it was, but after 20+ years of practice, I know better than to allow myself free reign (time or money) at a bookstore! :D
Well, as anyone who knows me knows, I both love and hate The Lord of the Rings. I'm allowed to watch The Two Towers on two conditions:
1- It has to be the extended edition, because they put some of the important stuff they took out to show more Liv Tyler back in.
2- The person/people I'm watching with must tell me that they won't mind my muttering. Because I mutter. A LOT. When it first came out, I had to use extreme self-restraint to not WHARRRGARBLE! at the screen. Come to think of it, I did during one part, and a similar part in The Return of the King. But we don't want to get me started on that.
And, DUH, the book is better. It has some of the best prose I've ever read to this day. Hard to live up to that, but I do give Peter Jackson mad props for making the effort and bringing Tolkien to a new generation.
I loved Coraline, both the book and the movie. I love Neil Gaiman's work, so going to see it with Holly was awesome, especially in 3-D. Both are quite visual, as the book I have has Dave McKean's illustrations as well. This subject reminds me that I still need to see Stardust, speaking of Neil Gaiman. :P
Ohhh, there are more, but I'm not remembering any of them right now. Possibly starting with LotR was a bad idea. If Tolkien fan not on my flist wanders this way and wants to know what makes me literally shout at the movie screen, I can explain it without going off again, if you don't mind ramble. xD
Seriously. Corned beef, sauerkraut, horseradish, on rye. It is the only thing I will eat swiss cheese with, because nothing else tastes right. Best ever was at the Gray Goose in Portland, OR. I had mine, half of my mother's, and I would have had more, but my sister knows me too well and threatened to fork me.
I'm not going to say that this is the nerdiest nerd post ever posted, because I'm pretty damn sure even I can top it. It's pretty nerdy, all the same. If you are not interested in video games (and related stuff), stop reading now, because that's what this entire post is about.
Nerd event #1: I walked down to our mailbox, clad in my warm and stylish Master Shield hoodie, and, lo and behold, my package from Amazon had arrived: Three soundtracks: Ocarina of Time, Ocarina: Symphony, and Majora's Mask. I squeed. My dog gave me a confused look, but she was happy just to be out on a WALK. I also bought a couple of cool remixes from the iTunes last week (watch, now that I actually own it, iTunes will release Ocarina for like ten bucks). I don't have a tattoo of the Triforce (yet), though I do think my brother's is friggin awesome, but I am amassing quite a collection of stuff. My excuse is that it's good music, and I likes it, so there. Anyway, I'm noticing AS I TYPE THIS that some of the English names on the Majora ST are wrong, so I may have to find someone who can read Japanese and ask them to help me. Also, I was about to comment that I don't have the collectible statues, but the Fierce Deity statue of Link is pretty badass. xD
Nerd event #2 (more of a rant, really): The expansion for Dragon Age: Origins is coming out the week after Final Fantasy XIII. I made rude noises at EA (who just announced this today), and, the more I think about it, the sillier this sounds. I mean, yeah, it's an expansion pack, and I don't think XIII is going to get on the PC anytime soon, which is where DA is thriving, but REALLY? Releasing any kind of RPG near the juggernaut that is Final Fantasy seems a bit arrogant, to say the least. It's like EA is expecting it to get steamrolled and wants a good excuse. I've got the expansions to Baldur's Gate 2 and Neverwinter Nights, and they're not so crappy that they couldn't hold their own against new releases, so clearly BioWare knows what the hell they're doing (never doubted THAT), but Final Fantasy is in a league of its own when it comes to sales. It's Square-Enix's money machine for a reason: It consistently sells. It's like putting a quirky new shooter up against Halo or Gears of War: it's just not good business sense. It's the same target audience.
Anyway, on a positive note, Awakening (the Dragon Age expansion) looks AMAZING, and we get to see more of our favorite characters, which would be full of win anyway (okay I'll admit it: I <3 Alistair), but it also throws a twist into the standard "Defeat all these bad monstery things and save the country" plot from the last one. So, looking forward to it, and probably going to get it, since silly marketing is no reason to not get a good game. If you have one of the systems it's on and you haven't played Dragon Age: Origins yet, by the way, GO GET IT. I'd recommend it on PC first, but any Dragon Age is better than none. :)