If you don't know or recognize the name of this post, it's a song by The Barenaked Ladies and the blasted thing has been stuck in my head all this afternoon. So, rather than fight it and try to purge the song from my brain, I'm going to go with it and think of what I would do I had $1,000,000.00.
Simple. I would pay off my house. I really don't think I would buy or build a new one. I'm happy here and I don't see any reason to change because I firmly believe that a neighborhood can be anything you're willing to make it. (My husband has a differing opinion on this. Not the neighborhood being what you make of it part. The wanting a new home part. He dreams of new construction simply to have a basement with 9 foot ceilings.). I would stay right where I am, pay it off and then make all the improvements to it I dream about. They would be: ripping out the wall between my kitchen and dining room and creating an enormous kitchen and dining area. I could care less about a formal dining room. A family style, eat-in kitchen is just the thing for me. A place where anyone and everyone feels welcome and comfortable. I would go state of the art on everything and make it a total gourmet kitchen, too. I would outfit it with all the appliances and gadgets I've ever wanted. A cook's dream come true. Ripping out the wall would mean that all the flooring on the entire main floor would have to be replaced. No problem. In fact, I would replace the flooring throughout the entire house. Next would be the master bedroom and bathroom. I would change the entire configuration to give us a bigger bathroom, create a dressing area/closet, etc. I would change the exterior of the house. I'm not exactly sure what I would do, but if I had a $1,000,000.00, my options wouldn't be limited. I would finish the last dang strip of our driveway. I would dig up all of the "grass", have a sprinkling system installed and start over with a professionally landscaped yard.
Next, I would buy a brand new car, of course. Who wouldn't? :) This is what I would buy.
I would pay off any and all debt we may have.
Finally, I would take my family on a couple of big trips and then save the rest for a rainy day. That's really it. Well, I may buy new wardrobes for my family, too. Simply because it's fun to shop for clothes, but beyond that, that's all I can think of. I have simple tastes and don't need a lot to be happy. But an ultral fancy pants kitchen would be lots of fun and not make me unhappy.
Now, song, you are free to leave my head.