I love memes. Love. And here’s what I’d do if I ever won a big lottery:
What kind of car would you buy?
Probably a Volvo cross over. Not sure why except that I drove a friend’s Volvo a couple of times and was very impressed with how it felt. But who knows? I’m not a huge car nut. I just want one that’s reasonably comfortable and starts every time. Wait – I want an electric car.
Where would you move to?
I don’t think I would move move. I would, however, own homes around the country in particularly fabulous spots. I want a home in San Francisco and one north of the bay on the ocean, say around Bodega, Charleston captured my heart over vacation last spring, so maybe one on the beach there, too. I can’t forget NYC and Chicago, too. Oh, and while we’re at it, a mountain lodge in Colorado. And lucky you, if you’re a friend of mine, I’d let you use them for vacations, too! For free!
What kind of house would you buy?
I’d want a painted lady row house in SF, one of those fabulous weathered, modern design cedar homes in Bodega, enormous beachfront house in Charleston with huge porches on both levels and those cool shutter things, a fabulous loft in NYC and an executive sort of condo in a high rise in Chicago. And of course a log house lodge in Colorado.
Would you give your family any money?
Yes, for sure. But I would be all kinds of controlling about it. I would pay off bills for nieces and buy a farm for each of the boys for investment and ongoing income.
What charity would you donate to?
Believe it or not, I’ve thought about this quite a bit: I’d set up a foundation to identify specific local charities to donate to each year – grass roots type things, like our local food bank. I’d upgrade the facilities at our county fairgrounds. I’d set up a trust for our local celebration commission so they didn’t have to beg for donations every year. And anonymous donations to people in need. That would be so cool. I do that on a small scale now and get so much personal fulfillment from it. How awesome would it be to send a family $5000 instead of $100???
Would you give your friends any money?
I don’t know about hard $$. Where would you start/stop? It would be WAY fun, though, to quietly and without fanfare, pay off their mortgages or have a new car delivered to them. And I’d throw amazing vacation get away parties, charter a jet and take them with me to surprise locations. Oh how much fun that would be!
Where would you go on vacation?
Australia, Japan, France, Holland, Costa Rica, Brazil, New Zealand, Tahiti. I’m going to see some of these places before I die whether I win the lottery or not.
What luxury item would you buy first?
It’s not really a purchase, per se, but I’d have a housekeeper that came every day and handled all the (EFFING) laundry and cleaning. And cook when I didn’t feel like it. Oh, and a 2 carat emerald shaped diamond solitaire.
Would it change your life?
Of course it would. How could it not? The question should be would it change ME? Probably. I’m shallow like that. I’d get a mani/pedi every week. Maybe a massage 3x a week. Maybe a LIVE IN masseuse. Named Rolf.
Would you save any of it?
Yes, absolutely. Probably 25% or more. All the stuff I want to do would happen over a period of time, not all at once.
Would it change your current relationship?
I want to say no but the reality is that yes, of course it would. But for the better or the worse? Who knows?
Would you quit your job?
Absolutely. Immediately. Maybe hire a skywriter to give my resignation.
Would you ever work again?
Oh yes. At something. Maybe as a volunteer? Or start a party planning business.
What one task would you never do again?
Deep cleaning. I suck at it and hate it, therefore put it off longer than is healthy.
What dream of yours would you be able to do?
Travel at will, shop without looking at price tags, buy everything I put in my cart at TJ M@xx without having to backtrack all over the store and put ¾ of it back.
Would you change the way you dress?
Yes, after I got skinny. I’d figure out how to buy skinny and buy staying skinny.
Would you change anything about your body?
See above reference to buying the skinny. There’s a surgery for that.
Would you miss anything about not being rich?
Probably knowing that people don’t just like me for what I could do for them. Wait – I feel that way about some people now.
Who would be the first person you tell?
The husband, of course. Then the kids. Then I’d find the best tax attorney in the country and figure out how to give away as much of it as I could to save on taxes.
Would it bring you happiness?
Yeah, sort of – a form of happiness that comes from having no stress about finances. I’m pretty happy to begin with so I wouldn’t be chasing a nirvana state.