Now. I haven't bought a photo album in many many years, and all of my journaling is online. Then I started a blog. Of course I did. Instagram and Facebook serve as date stamped time capsules, of all the fun things I've done and the special people I did them with. Who woulda thought that shopping on Amazon could do the same thing?
I went through my past orders looking for a product I want to order again, and the first thing I noticed is how my Amazon obsession really exploded over the last three years. This is a tally of my Amazon order history since 2003. I'm already at 5 orders for 2017. It's only February.
The second thing I noticed is that browsing through my order history was like catching a glimpse of my past life via the things I ordered on Amazon. It's all there, neatly organized by year, and in their own way they tell a story. A story of me.
It started out innocently enough with using Amazon as easy order and ship for gifts, things I was having a hard time tracking down or things I couldn't find at a decent price like an inexpensive duvet cover, or a space heater during the summer.
Then it turned into all the things. Hair accessories, shampoo, cell phone chargers, goggles, protein powder, ice packs, toilet paper holder. No item is too insignificant for me to order from Amazon, but I do try to keep a cart going until I have a few items so I can do a group order. It is a heck of a lot easier than running out to the store, searching for the item, then possibly going to yet another store if they didn't have it. Like those awesome storage cubes I got a few weeks ago to deal with all my stuff. I could have gotten lucky and found the right ones on my first trip to Target or Bed Bath & Beyond, or not, but with Amazon I can do the run around online. And if they don't work, I just print out a shipping label and drop it off at the Postal Annex down the street to send it back. I used to add to my list of things to buy, never get around to it, and then give in and order it on Amazon. Now, I don't even fight it. I go straight to Amazon, because chances are I'll have it a lot quicker than the time it would take for me to go get it.
Amazon is easy and efficient; exactly how I want my life to be. It feeds my obsession to document all the things, and makes a pretty nice time capsule of the past. So there's that, as if I needed any other reasons to use it.