I'm not sure if people here feel as if they are more like their mothers or more different. My mother is addicted to shopping, and has closets stuffed full of clothes and intended gifts and even multiple copies of things she uses so seldom, that she can't find them when she needs them - so she just goes out and buys a new one! I helped her move last summer and had two moving sales for her. I sold four brand-new slow cookers. And my mother doesn't even cook! She thinks she should though, and ends up buying equipment like crazy. As for me, I'm a bit of a minimalist. I like great stuff in excellent condition, but am rather spare in the design of my living space and closets. Kind of like an Armani store, I guess. But I cook like crazy, although I don't use much fancy equipment other than high end knives, a mandoline and occasionally the food processor. So how are you different than your mom?