Give me an inch and I start to rely on it. Also, I am easily distracted to formulate grand plans that only have a very remote chance of coming true.
Take our conversation over afternoon tea today, for example.
Biggie: I really really want to go to (expensive private school).
Me: Well, darling, we haven’t made a decision yet. You see, that would cost nearly $20,000 a year, and there might be ways our family could use that money better. For example, if we could save $20,000 a year, we could go overseas on holiday every 2 years.
Me: Precisely. And I still haven’t given up hope of an extended stay in Germany at some time.
Fraser: Well, if you do that, you’d be doing it with just you and the girls. I’d just come over at the end for the travel.
Me and Biggie: Done.
Fraser now maintains that there was a “you have to save up the money before you go” clause. Which is reasonable.
I would so totally do that, in a flash. Of course it would be better for us all to go, but if that’s not an option I will take what I can get. The issue would be that I wouldn’t really be able to work if I had both the kids (unless I could get them into OMG SCHOOL!), unless I had some work-at-home projects coming over from here – so I’d need to save something to cover loss of earnings, as well.
Melissa’s new savings target: $20,000 by February. Then, we’d go in April/May. Airfares are already budgeted under ‘holiday’ for later in the year, food costs are already budgeted under ‘living costs’. Additional costs would be accommodation and side trips. Also loss of earnings – but we’d already planned for my earnings to take a dip over the next couple of years, so that may not be such a drama.
Odds of it happening: Low, especially given trip to Essen (Otherwise known as OMGESSEN!) this year.
But I’ve been thinking about it all night 🙂 Short attention spans are The Best.