1. If you could invent an easy fix (just one) for anything in your life, what would it be and how would it change things?
I would invent a money tree. It would be the same species of tree that I have in my front yard, because it's HUGE, but it would also grow money. I'd put it in my back yard behind the play area to provide much needed shade in the summer (this is where the HUGE part comes in). It would drop all its leaves in the fall so my husband could take the winter off and we could travel. We'd also be able to afford to take a teacher with us (my sister, maybe?) to continue to educate the kids and every couple of weeks we'd fly their dad to wherever we are and fly Tav's kids to us. Once. I'm kidding!!! Twice.
I know that money certainly doesn't buy happiness. But having it sure does make your life easier!
2. You have been given a large sum of money, $500,000.00. Here's the catch: you can't keep it and you can't donate it. You must buy something with it, but for someone else in your family. Who would you buy for and what would you buy?
This is a no-brainer. (Of course I don't need to keep the money for myself because I have a money tree!) I'd pay off my mom and dad's house and all their debt. If there was anything left I'd get my mom a Jaguar and my dad the Ford truck of his choice. Then they could enjoy retirement (my mom could retire) and travel with us in the winter. Maybe they don't have that much debt (I'm guessing $250,000) so then I'd give each of my siblings $40,000 that they HAVE to put toward their mortgages. That eats up another $200,000. With the last $50,000 I'd take my whole family...siblings, nieces, nephews, parents, my kids, Romeo and me on a cruise. We'd go to Greece (because I'm paying for it and I get to choose, that's why). Wait. That's a lot of people. Maybe better just give $30,000 for their mortgage because a family cruise is more important than getting ahead in life.
Either that, or give the rest to my parents so they'd have enough for the rest of their lives which I'm hoping is a long time (but if it ends up being too long I'd be able to put them in a REALLY NICE rest home).
3. You have the opportunity to erase one embarrassing moment from your memory. What would you erase? (Why is optional.)
Wow. OK, I'm really lame at this question. I'm not sure which is more accurate about me but I either have too much pride or none at all because I really don't remember getting embarrassed. I guess if anything "embarrassing" has ever happened to me (like the time I was seven months pregnant with my first child and I got REALLY consti...plugged up and I came out the bathroom at my sister's house and told my mom we needed to go to the hospital because "it won't come out" and then my two brothers-in-law had to go get me and enema and suppositories because my husband at the time wasn't there) I just laughed it off or found a way to make everyone else laugh about it.
4. Imagine that you had your dream job. What are you doing? What hours are you working? How much do you think your salary SHOULD be?
I do have my dream job. I stay home. (That's what I'm supposed to say, right?) I really want to be a school teacher. Very unglamorous, I know. I just think it's a really good job for moms to have. Have the same hours and days off as your kids. Plus, you get to listen to the hilarious things kids say. I'd want to teach kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade. After that, they stop being as cute (I can say that because I have a 4th grader). My hours would be the typical school day hours and nothing more. (My sister works a lot at home. I don't want to do that.) My salary would be all the hugs and success of the little ones. BAAAAA!!! Oh, that was good. It would be $1,000,000 a year. What? It says what my salary should be? Oh. Um. Probably $60,000/year.
5. What is the one luxury you can absolutely not live without and why not?
I was going to say toilet paper. But I think that's more of a necessity than a luxury. So I'm going with my hugging pillow. Wait. That's a necessity, too. Um...my DVR. Definitely my DVR. How else would I be able to record and watch every single "King of Queens" rerun? Or be able to put my kids to bed at 8:30 without missing a second of "Desperate Housewives"? Yes, for sure my DVR. Oh crap. I just thought of unlimited texting on my cell phone plan. But no...that's another necessity.
Thanks, Jen! This was fun! If anyone wants to do this too, please do! And let me know in the comments that you've done it so I can read yours!