That station is something I would definitely continue doing, and WILL continue doing, after I do win.
I’ve been blogging off and on about living my life as though I’d already won the lottery. And as we plunge into 2013, I’ve thought about some other things I’d do that I could do right now.
One of the first would be to spend more time with my family – both the family that lives with me, or near me, in Sunny San Diego, as well as my parents, my siblings and their attachments (all back East).
The easiest is those who are geographically desirable. Like Lisa, who is about three feet away right now, writing on her computer on the other side of the office we share. I’ve been resistant to the whole eat-better-and-exercise thing, but I’m trying, and this is something we can do together. Misery loves company, right? We’ll head out for our walk together shortly, and I’ll try not to complain too much.
It’s much more difficult to keep connected to those I love on the other side of the country. The Mega Millions would make that a bit easier, of course, as I could fly there or fly them here (or alternate).
My schedule is always a little crazy, and when you add the time difference to that, and it makes phone calls a little tricky. So, I’ve taken to writing them, trying to catch up through email.
I’ve discovered that this is becoming a lost art. Not email, but writing letters (even if the medium used is email). Do you write newsy, here’s-what’s-going-on-with-me emails? I haven’t in a while, and it’s taking a little to get back to it. But the longer we go without seeing each other, the less we really know one another.
So I’m going to email at least one of them every day. I don’t live such a glamorous life that every day is jam-packed with news, but since I don’t see them that often, they really don’t know what a day in my life is like (and I don’t know what their days are really like, either).
Once the lottery winnings come in, and I make it through that first wave of rampant consumerism, this is probably something I’d still want to do. Even though I’d get to see them more often, we’d still be living on opposite coasts, and I hate to miss out on stuff. I already feel like I’ve miss a lot.
As this becomes part of my routine, I’d really like to do the same with some of my friends. Sure, we reconnect occasionally on Facebook, and I see videos they like, who they’re beating at Words With Friends and that sort of thing. But so many of these people were friends I used to see almost every day, and I’d like to get to know them all over again, too.
I don’t really make resolutions, so that isn’t what this is. It’s already halfway through January, anyhow.
But I would like to see 2013 be the Year of Reconnection. And that’s not something I could buy no matter how many lotteries I win!
Thinking about all this has made me a little nostalgic, so here’s what I listened to as I wrote this, shuffling out of my 80’s playlist…
The Cars “You Are The Girl”
The Hooters “Day By Day”
Simple Minds “All The Things She Said She Said’
Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio”
Fairground Attraction “Perfect”
ZZ Top “T.V. Dinners”
Dire Straits “Money For Nothing”
The Alarm “Rain In The Summertime’
Pat Benatar “Fire And Ice’
George Thorogood and the Destroyers “Gear Jammer”
Off to walk now. Hope your 2013 is off to a good start!