In order to help out with this growing need, I have been working over breaks. Previously I worked for La Madeleine, a very Americanized French restaurant. This winter break they didn't have hours for me, so I now work for Barnes and Noble. It's kind of my dream company, really. It's made up of book and music/movie lovers. If you know anything about me, you know I intake about 18 hours a day of music, movies, tv, and news/books. So Barnes and Noble was a good choice, especially since I get some pretty sweet discounts, especially during Employee Appreciation Week, which was this month. Christmas shopping, here I come! I would say what I'm buying and such, but my mom reads these blogs, and one of the things I'm buying is for her.
However, I have picked out a few goodies for myself, which include Bright Eyes' Letting off the Happiness, Siamese Dream by the Smashing Pumpkins, and Silent Alarm by Bloc Party. I've wanted these for a while, so I'm pretty excited to get them for cheap. This, however, will probably be all I get to buy for myself for a while (except that morning 50% off caffeine to keep me functional at work before 11 am).
I mean, retail is not exactly my ultimate goal in life, but I'm happy doing this for now - I get to talk about, find, sell, and recommend music all day. Not bad.
ETA - I ended up also buying Heart and Soul by Joy Division and This Warm December - Jack Johnson's compilation Christmas album with contributions by G. Love, Mason Jennings, and some others.