Thursday, April 13, 2006

I won! I won!

Our family keeps a gallon-sized glass jar in the closet to collect change. It takes about 3 years to fill it and so far we've filled it twice. Husband recently had the brilliant idea that we'd start having a family contest. Whoever could guess the amount closest to what was actually in the jar when we took it to the change-counting machine at our local credit union would win all the money and get to do with it what he/she wanted. If Sister won, she would be allowed to spend 10% of it on what she wanted and would have to put the rest of it into her savings account. (This rule avoids her buying any of those ridiculously huge, ridiculously overpriced stuffed animals at our local toy store. $100 a pop for those damn things, and she obsesses about them everytime we walk in.)

Yesterday, Sister and Bean and I went to the credit union to dump the change into the machine. I got Husband on my cell phone while we girls watched the tally rise on the computer screen. Adding...adding...adding...it passed $300, then...passed Husband's guess of $350,....then stopped at...$372.48. Woo-hoo! Only $4.48 over my guess of $368! I won! Though--oops!--I tried not to be too ebullient since Sister was standing there all disappointed and we WERE in a bank with complete strangers all staring at me wondering why I was all gleeful and why my baby was heading out the front door and no one was stopping her.

I'm so excited! What should I spend it on? More day spa treatments? A shopping spree at Ann Taylor Loft? Buttloads of fancy perennials for my backyard? Local artwork? A load of rocks to line my front flower bed? What would YOU spend it on?

10 comments:

Mama D said...

I am so unfun. I really want a new back door. Ours is so drafty.

Nikkie said...

Its a tough call. New perennials will come back for a while, but a day at the spa is so relaxing! I'm sure that does not help at all!

theyellowwallpaper said...

Rock on! Knowing me, I'd probably spend it on shoes or clothes. But, I'm willing to bet a perennial would outlast even the trendiest sandles or skirt.

Mommygoth said...

A facial for sure, and then plants!

Dawn said...

Yeah, I go for the facial first too. New Season needs fresh skin.

Then books.

Belle said...

I think you know I'd spend it on skates, cute socks and tights, and an awesome cowboy hat.

Out of your choices, I'd get the fancy perennials....they'll make more!

cubmommy said...

I would do the spa. I have never had a spa experience.

Bobita said...

Congratulations!

If I had won that kind of loot...I might have to spend it on a "Mommy's Day Off" trip out of town to visit my girlfriend. Such a trip might include margaritas or cosmopolitans and LOTS of time at the Mega Huge Bookstore.

As I think about it...I might have to start playing the Lottery!
:)

Bobita said...

BTW: Tag! You're IT!

Carly said...

get a toy. I just got one of those heavy duty kitchenaid mixers because I won some money in a raffle. Most of it went to bills but I'd always wanted one of those mixers (I got purple)

what's your pleasure? sport, hobby, music... spa?