I already don't "work." But there's lots of other stuff I'd do if I won the lottery . . .
- Pay off everything. Loans, house, that pesky credit card, everything.
- Go see our finance guy and set up everything we need to set up (including revised budgets).
- Church (organ fund, mission fund, new parking lot, etc.).
- Donations to our college, NPR, PBS, and local places we love like The Magic House, St. Louis Science Center, etc.
Here's where the list really gets fun. This is where I usually start fantasizing:
- Pay off this sibling's outstanding debts.
- Pay off this other sibling's mortgages/student loans
- Buy a new house for yet another sibling.
- Buy my mother-in-law a red Mustang convertible.
- Remodel my parents' house.
- Encourage Paul to go back to school.
- When the kids are all in school all day, go back to school, myself.
And then there's the stuff for us that's fun to imagine:
- Remodel this house.
- Buy or build our dream house in our dream neighborhood (only about 3 miles from here).
- Dress my children in the sorts of clothing I imagined they'd wear, before I had children and experienced the allure of inexpensive sweat-shop produced cheap clothes. And additional pairs of good shoes.
- When I'm feeling decadent, I imagine all sorts of things for myself, too. A personal trainer. Babysitter. Hair cuts. Pedicures. Nice clothes. (I am very cheap when it comes to spending money on myself for anything other than food.)
- Thinking of food - a personal chef to make nutritious, delicious meals a few nights a week would be awesome! Or even just someone to do the grocery shopping from time to time. But all this other stuff is second tier. At this point, I usually reload the fantasy and start again with imagining making my siblings' lives easier or just saying "yes" the next time a worthy cause calls to ask for money.
This pastime is one of my guilty pleasures. I don't find the game particularly constructive. It's fun. It helps me identify my priorities. But eventually I just end up wanting. And I'm not sure that's such a good thing.