Last week I wrote about how volunteering turned out to be a much more valuable use of my time than I had previously thought. A lot of you seemed to agree, and I had my largest number of hits that day. So, thank you all for that.
This week, I’m dealing with temptation. Allow me to use a popular internet meme to clarify.
This is my brain right now:
This is how my brain should be right now:
Everyone on the same page now? Excellent. Let’s continue.
Here’s where that temptation is coming from.
- My free-spirited budgets-are-for-nerds/ it’s-only-fifteen-dollars-plus-tax/ please-please-please psyche has been living on a strict budget for four months. It recruited my heart to its way of thinking. They joined forces to conquer my brain. All three are now demanding a break from pinching pennies.
- My best friend is home from deployment (11 months overseas!). She wants to see everything while she can, and wants me to come along.
- Anachrocon is this coming weekend. For those who didn’t just moan in sympathetic understanding, cons (short for conventions, a gathering of nerds/ geeks/ similar thinkers) are expensive. Food, hotel rooms, costumes, and spending money. Mostly that last one. Anachron is a smaller con, but that doesn’t make the vendor rooms any less cool.
Basically, I’ve got a friend that I haven’t seen in a year (because she’s been at WAR for us), a brain and heart desperate for a vacation, and a Con, all at the same time. My sensible financial side is vastly outclassed here.
Here’s the plan. I already spent my entertainment money this month on my membership to the Con. So, I’m robbing my vacation fund. After all, I am getting in a car, driving down the interstate, and checking into a hotel. Seems like a vacation to me.
$180 to cover an Atlanta hotel and food for two days, and whatever awesome anachronistic things I can find in the vendor’s room. Sounds like a challenge to me. Especially since I usually spend around $400 at Dragon*Con every September, and that’s four days.
Someone remind me to freeze my credit and debit cards in a block of ice between now and Friday, ok?