Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Things I Collect

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A cardboard box filled with four dairy-free boston creme donuts.


This week’s topic was tricky for me because I’m a minimalist. I don’t own a lot of physical stuff, and almost everything I do own is used regularly and heavily.

When I go on a trip somewhere or want to treat myself, I don’t buy knick-knacks to commemorate it. Instead, I do things like:

  • Take lots of photos.
  • Try new experiences.
  • Order delicious dairy-free meals and snacks that are either unavailable at home or a bit too expensive to indulge in regularly.
  • Create vivid memories by soaking in every moment of the experience.
  • Buy a rare t-shirt, hat, socks, or some other article of clothing I happen to need that will also remind me of the good time I had there since all clothing wears out eventually.

Case in point, a few months ago I splurged on a box of vegan Boston cream donuts.

The bakery that makes them goes out of their way to source ethically produced ingredients and pay their staff fairly (which is wonderful!)

When you add all of those increased costs together, this place has to charge more than a typical bakery in order to make ends meet. So I view getting treats from them as a delightful detour from my typical diet.

The cool thing about that is how much more I appreciate them than I would if ate sugary donuts every single day of the week. And it makes my dentist happy, too.


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38 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Things I Collect

  1. Boston Creme doughnuts are my FAVORITE! Yum. I’m glad you’re able to get vegan ones. Sounds like the bakery you go to goes the extra mile and is a great one to support.

  2. I love those as well… but indulge VERY rarely. I like your way of commemorating trips. Bob and I used to buy matching coffee mugs for each trip…yeah, we were overrun with coffee mugs. We are much more into downsizing these days. My post is you want to stop by.

  3. Lydia, for some reason I can’t figure out how to reply on my own blog (I’m sure there’s some box I need to tick, but I haven’t found it yet). re:tumblers. I actually saw a post on Facebook about them…the one they were advertising just spoke to my quarantined addled heart and mind. So, I bought one. Liked their FB page. Joined their VIP group. Went to Annie’s live one night…. and the rest is history.

    re: kitchen gadget. Bob bought me a sous vide for my birthday last year… I can name make a perfect steak (which I never could before). My favorites are my Instant Pot and my Ninja Air Fryer/Toaster oven… oh, and my Food Saver! If I lost everything else in my kitchen but those four items, I would be okay.

  4. We try to visit somewhere within where we’re travelling to to try something different. Like a new bbq place or a museum. Nice job on the boston cremes. πŸ™‚

  5. I try to buy something on trips, too. When I was younger I’d buy knick-knacky things, but that got to be too much to dust. Now, I stick with a t-shirt or a mug or even a photograph to hang on the wall for memories.

  6. Maybe I should try that? My house would be a lot less cluttered if I shared your habits…

    My list is here.

  7. My girls have gotten into vegan baking and it’s amazing some of the stuff they’ve come up with.

    My post.

  8. When I was a kid I had many collectible phases. I collected patches (which never got sewn on anything) or spoons (which just collected dust) or rocks (which sat in a box but at least I took them out to look at them sometimes). Now? I guess I collect fountain pens and fancy ink, but I actually *USE* them so it doesn’t really feel like a collection to me.

  9. Interesting and yummy post. We too try to patronize businesses that treat their employees fairly with wages and benefits. The cost is higher but feel better. Wish I was a minimalist. Downsizing is a process for me, but I’m working on it. LOL Enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing. Here’s mine.

  10. My blood sugar spiked just looking at those Boston Cremes. Yes, lots of pictures are a must.

  11. Mary Morgan

    Enjoyed your post, Lydia. Supporting small businesses is essential, in my humble opinion. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  12. Ooh this is such a fun one, I want to do this. You and I are complete opposites when it comes to this, I fear I am a bit of a hoarder. I really loved your answer though and I definitely think those things you collect are a lot more valuable and meaningful in the long run!

  13. Sounds like a fantastic bakery! I love being able to find small business that work ethically.

  14. I should try and reduce the amount of junk I have, but I admit I tend to buy knick-knacks whenever I go somewhere new.

  15. I tend towards minimalism myself so I can totally relate to your post. The one thing I do collect on my travels is Christmas ornaments. They do not sit around collecting dust most of the year, but when I pull them out and decorate the tree for Christmas, I do a little reminiscing along the way…

  16. I’m kind of the same way, although I do own quite a bit… but a lot of them are used regularly (or close enough). I love the way that you commemorate on trips! Also Boston Cream donuts is one of my favorites to get when I can; I’m glad there’s a bakery that has vegan ones.

  17. RS

    Many excellent points about splurging on the occasional high-end treat. I am definitely a cheap-dessert-most-days kind of person who could stand a change (which would make my dentist very happy too), so this might be good inspiration.

  18. I also love taking lots of photos. I’ll buy knick knacks for family members.

  19. Snacks are a fabulous idea. Food, especially food local to a region, is an experience. Those donuts look so delectable, by the way. Why do I get the feeling they didn’t last long? πŸ˜‰

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