We sat down this morning to look at the cost of the various events, vacations and trips we have discussed going to/on this summer. We knew we could not do all of them. What startled us was discovering that we really can’t do any of them, not without taxing us so much financially that we will have to accept being broke both before and after. We were reminded, once again, that we just aren’t where we need to be financially to take the trips we want to, to do the things we want to do and to see the people we want to see. It is very sad and disappointing to work hard all year only to discover you can’t take any of the vacations you feel you’ve earned. Sigh.
So I guess 2011 will once again be a summer stay-cation at Chez Breen, spending our summer having cocktails by the pool with friends and grilling burgers and dogs and dreaming about the day we can also travel to see the friends and places and go to the events we want to.
I know I should be grateful for the life we can lead at home (I am, I really am), even without the trips, and shouldn’t greedily want for more, but I can’t help feeling disappointed that all the things we want to do are still so far out of our grasp.