Really though, it’s not just me. Neither Michael or I like the feeling of being weighed down by lots of possessions. So I frequently go through old clothes, books, cds, dvds, decorations, etc. and make donation boxes. It seems like I’m always making little mental notes of what’s in our container/closet inventory to see what can stay and what can go. I imagine the way most women feel when they shop is the way I feel when I rid out. It’s like some kind of therapy or something.
But that all gets overridden he moment I enter a hotel room.
Suddenly my mind enters what I like to call “Complimentary Strategic Accumulation”. It’s like I turn part gerbil and start stuffing my cheek pockets with every little free shampoo, pen and sugar packet I can get my hands on. And in an extended-stay hotel, the selection of free stuff is even more generous than usual.
So far these are the complimentary items we’ve been “hoarding” since we’ve been here:
- Bananas and other fruit (for our smoothies)
- Oatmeal (breakfast)
- Honeynut Cheerios (snacks for Michael at work)
- Sugar packets (for coffee)
- Milk (for cereal and Michael’s good old chocolate milk)
- Shampoo/Conditioner, toiletries, etc (for Veronica’s Voice)
- Pens and notepads (Hello? To-Do List Queen!)
I’ll admit my excuses for hoarding everything else may still make me tacky — but my excuse for reserving the travel-size toiletries has a noble cause… On Friday and Saturday nights, volunteers from Veronica’s Voice hand out “care kits” with sandwiches and sanitary provisions to sex workers in Kansas City.