Thanks, Rusty, for switching blogs with me today. It's like that whole switching bodies thing. Like that Freaky Friday or Big movie. Actually, no. It's nothing like that. This will be a lot more fun than switching bodies. Speaking of fun...
Segue to 5 Tips About Fun since Rusty and I are the experts. (Stop laughing, Rusty.) I get the ho-hums in January and look for things that can boost my spirits. I really hate winter. I'm going to focus on the financial investment of having fun.
1. Let's begin with a way to have fun for ZERO dollars. I need to employ this one a little more myself. I've recently maxed out my book budget. That one-click Amazon button and I are very friendly. I imagine you are a reader (or why are you visiting this blog if you're not?!), so get a library card. I use my card to check out audiobooks from the downloadable library. The very cool thing is that I listen to the ones I enjoy. If it's a bad book, I quit listening without any guilt about wasting money. I can listen to borrowed audiobooks while I drive, exercise, clean, or any number of mundane activities.
2. Now we'll move up to CHEAP fun. Invite friends over and ask everyone to bring a finger food. My husband and I are planning a Superbowl party next weekend. The hubs is making hot wings (cheap but hearty typical gameday food) and I'll make something. Food, drink, friends...what could be more fun than that?
3. I thought about putting movie theater trips into the MODERATE category but no. Movie tickets and snacks cost more than a DisneyWorld ticket these days. Instead, how about going for movie downloads or HBO? We actually subscribe to NetFlix now, but getting a season pass of your favorite show is affordable as well. I've purchased season passes on Amazon Instant Video. You can buy a season ofGame of Thrones for under $30.
4. SLIGHTLY MORE expensive but healthier is the day trip to a state park. I live in Arkansas, so we have plenty of those. These types of activities are only more expensive because fuel isn't cheap. So, look around for attractions within a 100-mile radius. There was a castle under construction that I wanted to visit for a second time, and I looked it up online. The Ozark Medieval Fortress closed in 2012. I'm so disappointed. Times have been tough for everyone and tourist attractions have taken a hit as well. Support your locals.
5. What's EXPENSIVE? Everything else. I love to travel. There are several places on my dream list: Scotland, Italy, France, Hawaii, and Australia. I need to start planning and saving now if I'm ever going to make it to one of these places. My tip for doing something expensive like this is to plan ahead and watch for bargains. I'm taking a weekend trip to Nashville, TN in March and booked a hotel room through Groupon. It's going to cost half of the normal rate with an added $30 restaurant voucher for each day.
Thanks for listening as I plan my strategy for making it to summer. Any advice for me on this topic? Ready for winter to end? Having a Superbowl party? Have you seen this crazy, fun video for MORE NFL? http://youtu.be/rRqKYXcL-2U
Senior year should bring fun, friends and happiness. Not portals, treachery, and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Mia Taylor, gatekeeper to an interdimensional portal, wants nothing more than to heal from her romance gone wrong. Illegally falling for her co-worker Regulus had been a huge mistake. But when Regulus goes rogue to hunt down a murderer, Mia must forget her broken heart and use her unique abilities to save him. Traveling across dimensions, she enters a strange and hostile world where a rebel faction holds the key to their escape. Her gift of synesthesia is in high demand, and a secret organization of the otherworldly kind has her in their sights. But sabotage and murder may be the least of her worries. Her ex-boyfriend wants a relationship. Her dad wants her to act normal. Her friends want her to stop moping. Who knew faking happy would be the easiest part of senior year?
Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. She doesn’t mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she’s not working the day job or writing a novel, she’s guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.