You know I recently read about (in 2 separate articles) a project that National Geographic is conducting. The project is called â€œFootsteps of my Ancestors.â€ The premise of the research study is to trace DNA to specific regional areas to help determine who your original ancestors were. Having a varied and mixed background this sounded so neat to me. I had visions of seeing my ancestors mapped out on the globe. Proudly looking on as I traced the generations before. My aspirations were dashed when I checked the price! $100! Come on, give a working girl a break, my purse only holds coins.
I am a frugal spender. Donâ€™t get me wrong I enjoy buying stuff just like the next person. BUT I am an Actively Neurotic Analytical Lunatic. This means I like being in control of just about everything. I am a total planner. Spontaneity is not a part of my vocabulary. I will scour the net for the best deal, which includes me searching on 50+ websites searching for the best (insert any consumer product here) deal. I will even create spreadsheets to document where I found the deals (I know what you are thinking, just remember at least I know Iâ€™m Crazy).
Anyway, I donâ€™t think of myself as cheap but I do take every purchase seriously. Spending $100 to participate in this test just seems excessive (picture whining and long face). I would love to find out how my genes ended up here but that goes on the â€œwhen we win the lottoâ€ list.
I donâ€™t know why this is annoying me. I suppose I just saw another home kit that allows you to have your mercury levels tested. That was only $25, thatâ€™s 1 dinner out, for 2! I bet your wondering though why this even caught my eye? Well I have been a vegetarian for about 15 years and about 5 years ago my doctor suggested I start eating fish againâ€¦so now I eat A LOT of fish. I spend a lot of effort trying to take care of myselfâ€¦and as I move towards thoughts about having starting a family, I have been thinking more about the levels of mercury that could be swirling around in my blood.
So after pondering this for a bit, I think the best I can do for now is to send off for the mercury test. Who knows maybe I will decide that satisfaction of knowing more about my ancestors and how they have shaped who I am in even the smallest subtleties will mean more then the money I pay. I mean come on who am I kidding I can easily spend $100 in Whole Foods on tomatoes and nuts.