Big Winnings (blog challenge day 14)

…and once again I find myself scheduling something in advance and thinking how weird it would be if I died and ended up posting from beyond the grave.


blog challenge

“If you won the lottery”

How many times have I thought about this? Not so much anymore, though it would be nice, but there was a time when we literally had no extra money. We had a kid, 1.5 jobs between us (because retail doesn’t pay enough to cover daycare), a cramped basement apartment, and a car that broke down a lot. We also had payments on said car, student loan payments, credit card payments… you get the idea.

So yeah, I thought about winning the lottery a lot, though I didn’t buy tickets, because I knew the math didn’t work out.

What would I do now if I won the lottery? Depends on how much I won.

  • pay off those student loans (yep, still paying them)
  • pay the bills (which we are, thankfully, keeping up on now that my husband has a better job)
  • save money to buy a house when we move somewhere we want to settle for a while
  • help out with our parents’ mortgages (well, my parents are in an apartment right now… so pay off their summer trailer)
  • put money away for the kids to go to school
  • send ME back to school to finish my degree (oh, what a dream!)
  • laser eye surgery for me (and let’s get crazy, just a touch of plastic surgery on my stomach, just to restore factory settings)
  • new wardrobes for me and AJ (oh, the sexy bitches we would be)
  • buy a coop and finally get some chickens

There are other things I’d do if I had the money. Visit my family a lot more often, for one, because they’re amazing, and living almost half a country away SUCKS with a capital suck. I’d like a gym membership… when we live somewhere that has a gym. And riding lessons, I’ve wanted those since I was old enough to point at a horse and ask, “Whazzat?”

There would be more books in the house, more crafts to do with the boys, more treehouses in the yard and more whale-watching voyages in the summer. There would be savings in the bank and trips to places we’ve never been before.

OK, so maybe I still think about it occasionally. πŸ˜‰


About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with five cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. View all posts by Kate Sparkes

6 responses to “Big Winnings (blog challenge day 14)

  • Gloria Weber

    I want chickens too! Stupid city limits. 😦

    (That and a giant Flemish hair named Barbecue.)

  • wendy lowden

    Hey my Kate: Thank you for paying off the summer abode for us! πŸ™‚ Since I don’t know if we will ever buy again, as we are enjoying NOT being home owners right now, if we won, we would be able to pay the rent for a year in advance. I have always had paying off the student loans you are still paying for #1 on our list…ask anyone! πŸ™‚ Mostly, I would enjoy and appreciate the gift of just not worrying about money anymore….what a winning that would be for most of us!!! We would make our kids debt free and travel travel travel, pay for our grandchildren’s education, send our daughter and son back to finish degrees and make life easier for as many as possible.

  • Elaine Jeremiah

    Winning the lottery – now that would be nice! I can think of a fair few things I’d like to do if I won. πŸ™‚ But seeing as I don’t even play it, that isn’t likely to happen any time soon!

  • L. Marie

    Ah! Great list. Would you also travel? Or would having chickens tie you down?

  • Cate Russell-Cole

    I post three months ahead (as my blog is part of my work) and in the midst of the worst migraines, I have the same thought: if I die, my blog and social networks will keep ticking over. Will that freak people out? Will people just wonder if I am not talking to them anymore, but I am still there? Hmmm…

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