As it’s the time of year when we can ask for lovely things to turn up under the tree on Christmas Day, I know exactly what I’d like. And you know what? I’ve been such a good girl this year that I thoroughly deserve a bit of a life-change. Oh yes Dear Santa, I’d like nothing more than a lottery bet win to wake up to on December 25th. Could you even imagine how amazing that would be?
Don’t get me wrong, Pete and I do absolutely fine. We both work, we don’t have kids and we’re very lucky to be able to afford lovely holidays, meals out and so on. It still doesn’t stop us from dreaming though and we’ve often stayed up late into the night talking about a fantasy of winning big.
The funny thing is that after all these years, our wish-list hasn’t really changed all that much. And what I’m sure most people would find even more strange is that I’m not even sure we’d move house. We’re so very, very happy here and it has everything we need. We don’t need more space or a bigger garden. Our neighbours are perfect, we’re as close to Central London as we want to be and have so many options for Maddie with a big garden, woods and a park on our doorstep.
So what then? WHAT would we spend that money on and what keeps us awake at night dreaming about it? (After of course we’d helped out friends and family and donated to charity, obvs)
Oh, travel. Yes, I love the house and Boo & Maddie very much. But I’d be travelling ALL THE TIME. And I’d go business class at the very least. People tell me that there isn’t always a massive difference between first and business class (I wouldn’t know because I’ve never flown first class) but there is a MASSIVE difference between economy and business. So immediately, travelling in style would be the one. Probably to the Maldives as a first stop to plan what I’d do with the rest of the winnings.
Having said that we wouldn’t leave the house, of course a piece of Central London prime real estate would be a must. I’m not exactly sure where, probably with a view of the river. Imagine how lovely it would be to fall out of the theatre or dinner and just be able to walk back to a lovely apartment. And then our friends and family could use it too if they ever needed to.
It’s probably going to take us the rest of our lives to finish the house but it would be amazing to win a jackpot and have a team of people to move in, do everything we want to it and get it all done in one go. We could have the back garden landscaped, replace our dilapidated outbuilding at the bottom of the garden with our dream summer house and finally build that ground floor extension we keep talking about. Plus all the other bits and bobs we want to do like turning our en-suite into a wet room. Oh, that would be wonderful.
There are some things I don’t think would change that much. For example, clothes shopping. I can’t see myself swanning down Bond Street shelling out £5,000 for jeans here and there. But experiences, definitely. I’d love to try more restaurants, go to the theatre more often. Perhaps a fancy dinner once a week? Or even just play tourist in London, spend a night at the Shard or the Dorchester. As you can see, I’m a girl with expensive tastes and no budget…
I’d probably also look after me more. A haircut more than once every two years. Spas and massages. My nails done regularly. I think all things considered, I’d quite like the life of a lady wot lunches.
Sigh. Now I’ve spent so long day-dreaming I’ve totally missed Boo coming in with another dead mouse. Back to reality for me. I’d love to hear what you’d spend a big win on, indulge me!
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