BTT ~ Grab Me a Bit of the Lone Star


Yesterday, April 15th, was Tax Day here in the U.S., which means lots of lucky people will get refunds of over-paid taxes.

Whether you’re one of them or not, what would you spend an unexpected windfall on? Say … $50? How about $500?

(And, this is a reading meme, so by rights the answer should be book-related, but hey, feel free to go wild and splurge on anything you like.)

Let’s see… what would I do with an unexpected $50? Erm, that’s not a lot of money, so I’d probably take the kids out for a nice family dinner somewhere.

Now, if I had more money…. like $500, then I’d start thinking about maybe getting a TV and DVD player for each of the girls’ rooms. I am sick to DEATH of all the bickering over the television. The oldest constantly hogs it, and if she’s asked to allow someone else a turn, she huffs and sighs and very nearly creates a micro-hurricane inside the house.

Two TV’s (one in the living room, one in mybedroom), one computer, FOUR people…. Do the math.

Now, if I had a really big windfall, like one with all the EICs and mortgage credits and all that goody-good stuff… I would:

Buy the four of us Amtrak tickets and run away to Texas for a vacation with my mom. I’d take three or four books with me, ones I’d be sure my mom would enjoy, too. Buy new books about local information and history while there, then read them as we travelled back north.

I love Texas sunshine!

What would you do with some mad money?  Click Booking Through Thursday if you’d like to play along.


25 Responses

  1. Oh man. I can only imagine about the televisions. When I was growing up, Dad had the remote, and we weren’t allowed to touch it on pain of Dad’s wrath. Which is probably why I grew up into one of those weird people who rarely watches TV.

    I love your major windfall idea. I’ve always loved Amtrak, and the reading about local destinations sounds like a great way to enhance a vacation!

  2. My mom never allowed us our own TV when we were young. And at night my dad always had control. I guess they didn’t mind the fighting. I would have just loved my own TV! I wonder if, like Shannon, that’s why I turned into a person who rarely watches TV (and usually the shows on DVD when I do want to see something).

  3. TV arguing would drive me crazy. Fortunately, it’s only me and my husband and we watch the same things, for the most part 🙂

  4. Books books and books!! I can collect a lot of book with $500.

    if I really get major windfall…I would love to continue my education up to Phd

    I love this week’s BTT 🙂

  5. I wish for the biggest TV. But I seldom watch it!


    let the windfall fall on my head

  6. I remember the days when my boys were little and all of the bickering over the TV. I can understand why you would want another one LOL

  7. yeah… I think I should have mentioned that the older two are 16 and 14, and Mags is 10. I’ve resisted the idea, even downright refused not to long ago, but they are older now, and should be able to conduct themselves. If there’s any late night TV, the cables rigging them up would get confiscated for a while. I worry most with my oldest, as she likes to have the music on all night now, and would prob sub the tv for the MP3 player.

  8. I love the Mad Money clip — perfect for today’s Booking Through Thursday.

  9. I totally forgot it was tax day and went to the Post Office yesterday. Talk about a madhouse.

    • OMG… I bet! I thought of that yesterday when I accepted a couple mooches. I figured I could wait a couple days, let it all settle down, before sending them. 🙂

  10. You should take away the all t.vs and computers and barricade them in their own rooms with a mountain of books. 😉

    • Hmm… interesting idea 😀 I’ll have to pass that one along when they start fighting later 😉

  11. TV’s sound like they would be a good idea for you…I can just picture the micro-hurricane!

    • I used to have a couple of her outbursts on video, but they’ve long since been taped over. Once of these days… maybe with my windfall, I’ll get a digicam and then the world can share the storm that is Sammi. ;- )

  12. Hi koolaid! I also didn’t opt to get any books. I too have a lot of other things that I kind of need that would make my life easier. Books will come later, and there’s a massive free supply of them right at my local library!

  13. Thanks for stopping by. I like your response.


  14. More TVs for a big family is a great idea! 🙂

  15. Great ways to spend a windfall!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  16. Hmm! He or she who bickers in our house gets their tv privileges taken away. The play nice or not at all theory. Works well. We would opt for another computer, but the vacation in texas sounds wonderful.

    • Yes, I do use the “play nice or not at all” option for both TV and computer, and I would never get them ones for their room just to appease them. But, I’m also considering that the older two are 14 and 16, and it’s not entirely evil to allow mostly-responsible girls who make good grades to have TVs in their rooms… though, I still suspect the 10 year old will be the most responsible. If they don’t abide by the rules, I’ll confiscate the cables that hook them up 😉

  17. Can you stop by here when you’re in TX? Would love to “share” that money with you! 🙂 LOL

    Great answer. And, yes, the TX sunshine is great. In fact I enjoyed some of it today.

    Thanks for stopping by mine today and leaving such a wonderful comment.

  18. Imagine the reading you could get done with everyone else watching television!

  19. Tv and DVDs are a good choice 😀
    Bickering over the remote is oh so tiresome

  20. I understand about the TV thing.. we got one TV and 4 kids.. 🙂

  21. I could easily envision the micro-hurricane! Perfect description of a dramatic teenage girl. Good luck with the tv’s and the train trip.

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