Firstly, I love the title of this post. It is like a cheesy novel title or something. Ha! Okay, I’m easily amused.
For anyone here that might be squeamish, skip this paragraph for I am truly drinking pickle juice right now, as I type. It would probably be good cut with a shot of vodka but, sadly, I’m just drinking it straight right now. Tasty, tasty. (Note: As far as I know, this isn’t necessarily a Southern thing, it is just a KB thing.)
Now for the $30 mil part. No, no, no… I didn’t win a lottery although that would be very nice right now as I’m poor. The $30 mil comes in regarding a discussion I had today. I was asked what I would do with the money if I were to win $30 million dollars.
This question didn’t take me long at all to answer. First of all, I’d set up a college fund for my nephew. Secondly, I would re-decorate my Mother’s house in ANY way she wanted it done. I’d knock out walls if she wanted it, re-paint and re-roof the WHOLE thing, put hardwood flooring in throughout the house, put up crown molding and get new furniture, appliances, etc. I’d give this beautiful house the WORKS, whatever she wanted. Then I would take our whole family to Hawaii as my Mother has always dreamed of us all going there together.
After doing whatever for my Mother that she wanted, I would buy myself a little house and a nice hybrid SUV. I’d go on a lovely trip for at least three months to the South of France to visit the lavender fields (my dream trip). Perhaps… just maybe… I’d buy a little cottage there so that I could go back often, whenever I wanted. I’d set aside enough travel money so that I could go other places over the years – Greece, India, New Zealand, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, etc.
When I was talking about it earlier, I stopped here. I said that I would split the rest for my family and put the rest of my portion into investments and save it. However, upon thinking about it further for a little while, I know of one other thing I’d really like to do if I had that much money.
I’d like to live in New York City for just a little while, maybe a year. It has always been a dream of mine to live in NYC and, the past couple of years, I have put that dream aside. It isn’t that I don’t want to do that anymore but I don’t see it as a long-term thing for me. I’m Southern, after all, and really like being in wide open spaces – grass fields, ponds, a “mountain” and a creek all within walking distance. But, for a year or so, I’d really like to have an H&M, Steve & Barry’s, Broadway and Guggenheim within walking distance. I know several New Yorkers and, from their accounts of life there and from what I’ve witnessed for myself, it would be a cool transplantion for a bit. I love the idea of everything being nestled there so close together, every several blocks or so being a city within itself. And NYC truly has everything in the way of stores, attractions, events, things-to-do. Nowhere on Earth can you find a better smorgasbord of ways to spend your time.
So, yes, that would also be one of my to-dos if I were to win that much money. Of course, I’d want to live in NYC style, with a nice apartment on 5th Avenue overlooking Central Park. That would be mah-velous!
Perhaps I will someday be able to decorate my Mother’s house, travel to France and live in NYC but hopefully I won’t have to count on a $30 mil lotto to do it. I better get to saving!
Before I forget… I am looking for some good, tried-and-true casserole recipes. If you have one (or several), please send them my way! Thanks!