Some relatives were visiting today, and the topic of Starbucks came up. I mentioned (in a non-whiny way) that I hadn't had any since I left Toronto in September. (It would be hard to justify since I'm almost broke, but I've really been craving a mocha Frappuccino.) So my cousin Tara pulled a $10 Starbucks gift card out of her purse and gave it to me. That's two very decadent drinks, or more smaller/less froofy ones.
I know there's a lot of debate about gift cards, particularly Starbucks ones, here, but it was the perfect "cheer up the unemployed person with expensive taste" gift. My cousin isn't having the easiest time herself - her youngest son was recently injured in a car accident caused by an alcoholic with no license who was skipping his AA meeting. I'm a very lucky woman.