I didn’t win the lottery, in case you were wondering.

I was not the winner of $500 million this week.  I bet you’re as shocked as I am!  Feel free to send over some sympathy cards with either cash or Pottery Barn gift cards inside.

this was me the night before the lottery.  sigh.

this was me the night before the lottery. sigh.

However, not all was lost in my total failure to win half a billion dollars.  The lottery did prompt the Husband and I to have an important conversation in which I realized how totally boring I am.

Husband asked me what I’d do if I won $500 million dollars…. I looked at him quizzically and replied, ‘nothing!’  He was a bit incredulous and kept asking if I would quit work or travel or what I’d actually do but I really couldn’t come up with a damn thing.   The crazy thing is, I’m not even easily entertained…

Or easy-to-please for that matter.  I don’t consider myself to be a very simple person but I’m definitely fairly frugal so my first instinct when I get money is always to save it.

Yawn. I’m so boring.  I’m not even 30 yet!  So, right after this conversation I started to spend money.  I figure, if I can’t blow money in my mid-20’s when I have a dual-income-and-no children family, when will I be able to blow it?!

I’m sure you’re dying to know: what did I spend this money on….?  Well, I setup a monthly donation to a favorite charity and I upped my Birchbox (I’m obsessed  subscription to a yearly one.  Yep, big time spender – right here.

… that was all a tangent…

Anyway, I started thinking about what I would actually do with $500 million (or even $5 million, I’m not that greedy) and I did come up with a few things:

  • Travel for a year all over the world – originally I told Husband that I wouldn’t quit my job, but I think I would take a year off and travel the world and talk to as many people as possible.
  • Buy a condo in the mountains – a nice winter home… preferably in Aspen.  Although, Aspen is expensive to fly into so visitors might be limited… maybe Steamboat Springs.  I love mountain towns.  And, I’ve never been to Colorado in the summer, so that could be an added bonus.  Sounds like a new bucket list item was just created…
  • Donate a lot of $$ – because, obviously.  This would be focused on charities that empower women, end abuse, end world hunger, and cure cancer.
  • Save, Save, Save – because my (hypothetical) kids probably will want to go to college one day.
  • Completely redo my wardrobe – I would donate every last piece of clothing I currently own and just start over.  This would be the best project in the world.
  • Put my dog in doggy daycare every day instead of just twice a week – because he loves it and I actually do care about the little monster’s happiness (sometimes).
  • Start having babies and hire a full time nanny (preferably from Jamaica, because then she will most likely be laid back and awesome) – articles like this scare the crap out of me.  It turns out babies are super expensive and will be sucking money out of us forever, as soon as he/she begins forming in my womb.  But, we’ll probably still want one or two or three or a herd of these eventually, so it’d help to have some extra dough and be able to hire a nanny so Husband and I can still work if we want to.
  • Go to more sporting events – tickets in Chicago cost hundreds of dollars each for some sports.  This means that Tim and I watch most games on TV; however if I were rich I would most definitely be at the games in person more frequently!
  • Fly first class – this is an extravagant expense which I absolutely refuse to pay for right now, even if it’s just a matter of using frequent flier miles to upgrade seats.   But, if money wasn’t an issue, I think I’d buy the first class tickets and fly that way all of the time… I mean, why not?!

Phew, I’m not (quite) as boring as I thought.

Happy Friday!!!

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