I Am Financially Responsible & Other Lies I Tell Myself

20 Feb

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.

  1. 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.
  2. My best friend is home from deployment (11 months overseas!).  She wants to see everything while she can, and wants me to come along.
  3. 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?


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