10 Day Challenge: Seven Wants

The 10 day challenge continues with me having to list 7 of my wants. In order to read my previous posts as part of this challenge, check out Ten secrets, Nine loves and Eight fears. So anyway, moving on to my seven wants. Ahh…what do I want? So many things…
1. A pet: Yes, I really, really, really want a pet. I’m a dog-person but over the last few years, haven’t minded cats too much either. Living in a unit makes my chances of having a pet quite slim…especially if it’s a dog. But I really think the time has come for me to have a pet. Whether it’s a dog or a cat. And no, fish don’t count.
2. Books: Well, to be honest, I’d like to have more money for books. I honestly wish I could win the lottery just to be able to buy as many books as I want without having to think about the money (or lack of it). That would be a dream…
3. Summer: I want summer now! Even though it’s about 5 months away. I’m so sick of freezing cold winter…and it’s only going to get colder. I don’t like how it gets dark by 5 p.m. and it’s about 4 degrees when I wake up in the morning. Oh summer…I long for the sunshine, the warmth, the beach…all of what summer has to offer.
4. To live without the flatmate: Don’t get me wrong…she’s not bad. In fact, she’s quiet (except when practising her opera singing), spends time in the lounge room together, goes out a bit, pays rent on time and doesn’t have people over like the previous one did! The only down side is she’s not clean enough though when she does clean the house, she does a great job. But my reason for not wanting a flatmate is to want to live by myself. Nothing to do with her cleanliness at this stage. I just enjoy not having to share. I guess I should probably say that I want to be able to afford to live without the flatmate.
5. To lose weight more quickly: Why is it that it’s so hard to lose weight but so easy to put it on? Honestly, it takes two month to lose the amount of weight you can put on in a week. It’s not fair. I feel like I’ve been working out for a while now and hardly have anything to show. Just a loss of two kilos. And muscles on my arms building. But that’s it. All that pain and sweat and barely anything to show for it…
6. To study again: I’ve been thinking of doing another degree. In Clinical Psychology. Only problem is there is just one university here that offers a distance education program in the course. And I don’t want to and can’t afford to leave work and become a student so I need to do it via distance ed. I would also like to study a non-psychology related course. Like in Creative Writing or something.
7. The grandmother to leave my parents: I’ve been wanting this for about 13 years now. Although for 7 of those, it was wanting her to leave ‘us’. Then I ended up leaving and she continues to drain the life out of my parents. Unfortunately, she is a narcissist and has always only thought about herself with no regard to others and continues to refuse to leave and live with her other son but will continue to praise the other son while driving my parents mad. I’ll stop now before I write a whole post on this point alone. But it’s something I really want…I want my parents to have some peace of mind! And that can only be achieved if she leaves.
The challenge will continue in the days to come…
Until next time,

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  • Priyanka Victor
    8 July 2011 at 3:56 am

    Ooooh, the grandmother. Why does there always have to be one, dammit.

  • Psych Babbler
    8 July 2011 at 4:15 am

    Ah you can relate too Priyanka! There always is one, isn’t there? And more
    often than not, they tend to be on the paternal side. Go figure. I know most
    of my friends back in India and here have had similar problems…

  • Jake
    8 July 2011 at 8:26 am

    Ok so its a friday morning and i just want the day to get over, when I started reading this one I had a bland expression on my face. I got to 7 and burst out laughing ..

    And hey you should try getting a lab, they are easy to train and the most cuddly things in the world 

  • Psych Babbler
    8 July 2011 at 9:48 am

    Glad I was able to make you laugh Jake! And it’s especially important on a Friday because of the so close, yet so far feeling….

    As for getting a lab…totally out of question…living in a 2 bedroom apartment would be cruel to the dog…they need big backyards. With dogs, I was thinking I’d go Jack Russell or Mini foxie or better yet, a cross but just got told by the strata manager that dogs have rarely been approved. So I might have to settle for a cat….

  • Kalpana Misra
    8 July 2011 at 11:13 am

    Like your list of wants. Hey I hope you achieve them.
    I empathise with losing weight. And I admire how honest you’ve been…grandmother, flatmate… 

  • Jake
    8 July 2011 at 11:23 am

    A cat !! .. I’m guessing you are really patient and forgiving .. I could never tolerate one , they are the least bit loyal and constantly seek attention.  Sort of like a four legged version of Paris hilton …

  • Priyanka Victor
    8 July 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I can, and some. The pattern, like you said, is for them to be on the paternal side. But mine is on the maternal and has, till now, been the cause of 98% of Mum’s troubles, big AND small. And the worst part? Wishing her away makes me guilty as hell, her being my grandmama and all that 😐 Talk about Devil and the deep sea..

  • NS
    8 July 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Love your blog. Can relate to a lot of it. Kudos to you for your creation!

  • Titaxy
    8 July 2011 at 3:07 pm

    if I win a lottery, we both will share the money and get all the books in the world, ok? 😀

  • Psych Babbler
    8 July 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Welcome here Kalpana! So you too have experienced the whole losing weight saga and how hard it is, I assume.: And re honesty about grandmother…I’ve been honest about it for a while now. And yes, I do wish I could live by myself again…it’s a whole different feeling. You can have the best flatmate in the world (and the current one is really not that bad compared to my previous flatmate) but there is something special about living alone if you are like me…

  • Psych Babbler
    8 July 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Yeah I am patient and forgiving. But I don’t think that has to do with getting a cat. It’s more so that the odds are against getting a dog. If I lived in a house, there would be no second thoughts — dog it would have been. But in terms of seeking attention — I thought it was the opposite. Cats prefer being independent and doing stuff by themselves…so I was hoping to get a cat with an identity problem — one that thinks it’s a dog! 😀 I do like the idea that they don’t need to be walked and can use a litter box….

  • Psych Babbler
    8 July 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Ah…the maternal side. Yes, I have one friend for whom that was a problem. You know what though Priyanka, there is no longer any guilt in wishing mine away. I think because the hatred towards each other is mutual so I’m totally guilt-free when it comes to that. However, I do feel guilty that I escaped and the rest of my family is still stuck with her.

  • Psych Babbler
    8 July 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Welcome here NS! Thanks for the lovely comment about the blog…do keep visiting!

  • Psych Babbler
    8 July 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Sounds good T! And vice versa… 😀