Well, maybe replace 'cautious' with 'clueless'. I did figure last night that the shower curtain was a waste if money when all you needed was the liner (plus more light gets through with just the liner).
My journey took me to the frozen foods section, where I thought I might be able to get something to cook in the toaster oven or oven. There I saw it: California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizza. I grabbed it, and thought to myself, "Do I really need it?"
No. Something grander.
Pictured here is the first food I cooked at my new apartment: a homemade pizza, with a little bit of sweetened iced tea for the yeast to feed on, pre-shredded cheese, pre-cooked chicken breast deli strips, a fresh bell pepper, and some mushroom tomato sauce. I don't have a can opener, so I couldn't use the tomato chunks in a can. I could have let the pizza cook a little longer, but it was still pretty darn good.
And, after looking at hundreds of other items in the store, I settled on a new pizza pan. The 14" wok will have to wait for another inspirational day. And, my roommate's parents told me how to twist and unlock those cheap and tricky hand soap dispensers.