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.
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.