Interstellar Adventures

January 19, 2006

Thursday Thirteen, XIV

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 10:53 am
Thirteen Things Interstellar Lass would do if she won the lottery.

1) Pay off all debts. It’s not a lot, but I have a school loan and a couple of credit cards.

2) Put money in college funds for my kids. Texas has a thing called the Texas Tomorrow Fund where you can pre-pay for college at today’s prices.

3) Buy a house. I don’t want a McMansion or anything, but something that’s comfortable. Something with a ‘smoking room’ for Nick. I don’t let him smoke his cigars inside the house. Right now he’s jerry-rigged a mini-TV in the garage, and his extra couch is out there. Poor thing. And something with a Me Room. I’d be the only one allowed in there. I’d read, knit, nap, you know, whatever. And I want a pool. And a nice garden.

4) Buy a house for my mom and my grandparents. I guess that’s two houses really. My mom needs something in a better neighborhood. Ours has gone down since we moved there when I was 6. And my grandparents have a condo. They collect books, so it’s really a condo for their books, and they just squeeze in. Why they need so many books, I don’t know. Why they didn’t collect something smaller, I don’t know either.

5) Send my kids to private school. They go to a good school now. I mean, it’s decent. But the whole “teaching to the test” crap pisses me off. My son blew off a test back in December that was one of those ‘pre-assessment tests’. Despite the fact that his teacher knows him and knows that he’s the smartest kid in her class, he didn’t meet the minimum requirements because he blew off the test. So, he ‘qualifies’ for extra tutoring. I’m making him go just because he blew off the test. But, the teacher didn’t use her brain, and when I suggested that he just didn’t put forth effort, she couldn’t wrap her mind around it. I know he reads all the time, but he also has to understand the concepts. Well duh. He does. I know he does. He just blew off the test. Gah!

6) Go on a vacation. I think maybe four to six weeks traveling Europe and Asia with Nick. I don’t want to go on any guided tours or stick to a time table. Just go somewhere, then decide while we’re there where we want to go next.

7) Invest of course. I mean, I want to be able to go on more vacations whenever I want, right? And pay the taxes on my house and the tuition on my kids’ school.

8) Volunteer. I can’t just sit at home and eat bon-bons all the time. I’d give back of my time. Probably to something like Habitat for Humanity. I like doing work with my hands. Good honest work where you sweat and get dirty and you’ve got something to show for it by the end of the day.

9) Exercise a lot. One of my excuses is that I don’t have enough time to exercise. Hopefully if I win the lottery, I’ll have enough where I don’t have to work at all, or very much.

10) Buy a new car for me and a new truck for Nick. I’d probably do a small SUV or a wagon. I have a Jetta now, and I think the Passat wagon would be really nice. But I need good gas mileage too. And reliability. It needs to fit my ‘play gear’ and my dogs and my kids and me & Nick. Nick just likes having a truck. You know, it’s manly.

11) Go back to school. I’d love to get my Master’s degree, or a couple more Bachelor’s degrees. Perhaps in philosophy, English, and history.

12) Write a book. In my Me Room. Another thing for which there doesn’t seem to be time.

13) Throw a fantastic party for my friends. They would all get a really nice present. But it would be something useful or that they needed. And yes! You’re all invited too!

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  1. Nice! We’ve always said we’d donate half to charity right off the top and then it would be a crapshoot!

    Comment by "D" — January 19, 2006 @ 11:02 am |Reply

  2. You are so giving and responsible! I should be more like that! 😉

    Happy Thursday!
    Mine are up.
    Diary of the Nello

    Comment by Kelly — January 19, 2006 @ 11:23 am |Reply

  3. Great plans there…hope you win! lol
    My 13 are up

    Comment by Courtney — January 19, 2006 @ 11:26 am |Reply

  4. That’s exactly what I would do. To add…my grandma wanted to buy a house and fill it with kids and old people that people have turned their back on…so I want to do that for her!

    They’re up!

    Comment by Kimmy and Jacob — January 19, 2006 @ 11:28 am |Reply

  5. How awesome about the college fund! That is awesome!

    Comment by Paisley — January 19, 2006 @ 11:43 am |Reply

  6. Great list, we would pay off our mortage and then decide what to do from there :0

    My TT list

    Comment by WendyWings — January 19, 2006 @ 11:45 am |Reply

  7. Nice list! If I won I’d pay off my student loans… I’m new to the TT…mine are now up!

    Comment by Petite Mommy — January 19, 2006 @ 12:07 pm |Reply

  8. Great list. Ahhh, yes pay off those debts and go travelling. That’s what I would do too.

    My 13 are up.

    Comment by Chickadee — January 19, 2006 @ 12:08 pm |Reply

  9. What a fun Thursday Thirteen! I like alot of your ideas on what you would do with the money!

    Have a great Thursday!

    Comment by Texas_Ivy10 — January 19, 2006 @ 1:31 pm |Reply

  10. Good luck!

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — January 19, 2006 @ 2:09 pm |Reply

  11. I would go on the Blog Reality Tour, and visit all my linkees 🙂

    Here are my 13.

    Comment by Bone — January 19, 2006 @ 2:23 pm |Reply

  12. i’d pay off my mortgage and buy myself a mini cooper s!!

    Comment by The Toothfairy — January 19, 2006 @ 2:39 pm |Reply

  13. i wish i had the money to send my kids to private school, maybe the grandchildren instead.
    i’m playing this week too.

    Comment by Better Safe Than Sorry — January 19, 2006 @ 2:41 pm |Reply

  14. Great list! I love to day dream about winning the lottery almost as much as I know I would love WINNING it. 🙂

    Comment by Sleeping Mommy — January 19, 2006 @ 2:57 pm |Reply

  15. Yes I can think of several things I’d like to do too!

    Comment by Claire — January 19, 2006 @ 3:12 pm |Reply

  16. Wow, that’s an excellent list! My favorites are #11, #12, but f I have a #13 party, you’ll get an invitation!! My 13 are up!

    Comment by Uisce — January 19, 2006 @ 3:53 pm |Reply

  17. A lot of those things on your list you could do, at least to some degree — especially if you plan ahead. ~ Love, B

    Comment by Brittany — January 19, 2006 @ 4:27 pm |Reply

  18. Party? Did someone say party?

    Comment by FTS — January 19, 2006 @ 5:01 pm |Reply

  19. My list would look similar to that. I would set up a Foundation.

    Comment by Nancy — January 20, 2006 @ 8:06 am |Reply

  20. I’d love to send my kids to private school. I’m really sick of the school my oldest is going to. Winning the lottery would be VERY nice. Great list. :o)

    Comment by Ocean Lady — January 20, 2006 @ 10:27 am |Reply

  21. It’s so nice to dream. I would love to do most of those things.

    Comment by Jolynn — January 20, 2006 @ 11:22 am |Reply

  22. Sounds like a plan! I did my 13 musings too.

    Comment by colleen — January 20, 2006 @ 1:23 pm |Reply

  23. I hope we all win the lottery too! I hope you’ll achieve all these things too. I also want a ME room! 🙂

    Happy weekend 🙂

    Comment by JK :) — January 20, 2006 @ 6:10 pm |Reply

  24. Arghhhhh…. I miss this every week… I always seem to catch up with it days too late… I really need to go sign up for a reminder or something or other….

    Me… the lottery…. you know anyone who buries bodies????

    Comment by The Womanmoose — January 23, 2006 @ 6:19 am |Reply

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