It is day 5 of summer vacation, and since yesterday I have been feeling the ‘Saver’ in me losing power as quickly as a teenager’s iPhone. My daughter and I have really enjoyed the free activities at the library, taking picnic lunches to parks, and swimming at the local pool. In the back of my mind, though, I find myself thinking ‘Hmmm….lunch at the mall sounds good’ or ‘Maybe I should switch my meal plan this week’ or ‘Thai-iced coffee!’ I have yet to do any budget damage.
As I observe myself having these money-spending thoughts, I keep going back to one thing: I am not working this summer. Normally my job in a kitchen is a source of much focus, physical movement and adrenaline. I think that focus and intensity spills over into the rest of my life when I am working and now that is gone. It’s summer-time and the living is too easy!
I don’t plan to work this summer — being home in the summer with my daughter is a great luxury and source of joy. Now I am aware, though, that my desire to add excitement to the day is just my brain noticing the absence of my job. I am also realizing that when retirement comes some day, two people not working could equal two people wanting to go to the mall and get drinks at the coffee shop every day.
And that Thai-iced coffee? I am enjoying a home-made version that vaguely resembles the real deal: leftover coffee, chilled; add sweetener; pinch of cardamom; top off with milk of your choice and ice.
What do you do when you have the desire to spend out of boredom?