Since I last posted in this thread, I've moved to a different town in a different state to begin a not-so-different life as a grad student. This necessited getting an apartment, and filling it with things. I'd never have gotten any of it done without my family. Just wanted to say: appreciate those closest to you. Regardless of how simple or complex life may be (and it does vary), family's all you've got in the end. This doesn't always mean blood family; it does mean those you'd give your life for, and who'd do the same in return. Those are special peeps.
Now, in keeping with the theme of the thread, I've got lots of stuff. Lots. As a matter of fact, I just ordered a printer, as well as paper, and a few other accessories. Rather than beat myself up over having these things, I try to reember that the goal isn't necessarily to have as few things as possible, but rather, to have as few things as necessary. And even that might not be the goal. No matter how simply we live, we each afford ourselves and our loved ones various luxuries. Somewhere between excess and want lies balance. The trick, as with most things, is to find that balance.