Those are words that my parents often spoke and words I still speak. Everyone talks of new cars, a big house, trips around the world, diamonds and other BIG THINGS. But, so far I have only thought of two things I want for sure when I win the lottery.
1. I will eat all my food of brightly colored party plates from the party store. I will use fun patterned two ply dinner napkins and dine with colored plastic forks that match. Everything just seems more special on a party plate!
2. I will have a glass door freezer installed in my house like the ones at the supermarket and my house will be on the Blue Bell Ice Cream route. The guy in the white suit will come and stock my freezer with all the different varieties of Blue Bell ice cream. No more deciding which flavor to buy.
Oh, don't you worry - I will most likely also buy THE BIGGEST HOUSE EVER and a cute vintage camper and a 1960's aqua pick up truck to pull it and I will pay someone to clean my house and do my laundry and I will hire a chef and a driver to take me to yard sales ('cause, HELLO, I'm never NOT going to go to yard sales) and I will have 60" plasma big screens in every room and I will pay Justin Timberlake to come perform at my house JUST FOR ME.
What would you do if you won the Lottery? Something silly or something grandiose?
What is a monkeybox? When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.
*Those are my Great Grandparents up there. My Great Grandma was the original Martha Stewart. She threw a great party and decorated for every holiday. I want to be her when I grow up. Oh wait! I am!