It was really hard to talk Papi off the ceiling once he got up there.
We decided we weren't going to go away until the time came to look for property in the Dominican Republic.
Then it came; The invitation to one of my best friends' wedding in Mexico.
Well, of course we had to go. He was my best man at my wedding and I love the bride-to-be to pieces. She is one of the strongest people I have ever encountered in my life.
Then of course, there's my Godson; The Turkey, The Porkchop and the rest of the clan in that positive happy home.
Hell yes! We're going.
However, this sparked my love to think of more opportunities for us to get a break from G'ma and the Dungeon Syndrome.
My love's aunt and uncle are coming to stay in May, and knowing that we could get out of this place and have a break from the G'ma really sounded like a good idea.
Until this. "Well, if we're going to that wedding then we can go to the wedding for my half sister!"
We really can't afford this one though. It's in the Mayan Riviera. That would cost way too much, but at first, my love announced, "We're going to both!" then skipped up and down the hall.
I'm not exaggerating.
"This is my happy dance!!" he crooned as he side step skipped up and down our tiny corridor.
The animals didn't quite know what to make of it.
Hell! I didn't know what to make of it.
All I saw was our pending debt flashing before my eyes. It a good cardio workout for my love, who has been stagnant since his hysterectomy 5 months ago.
It was so hard to convince my love that we have time to save for the one in October, but we can't possibly do that for the one in May.
His skipping stopped, and he looked like I'd just stolen his ice-cream cone.
"Honey, I've been through bankruptcy once, and I don't want to do it again," I pleaded.
I got myself out of that hole and learned about 'want' vs. 'need' and learned that cash for everything is the only way to stay out of debt. If you can't afford to pay for it without credit, then you simply can't afford it.
However, I got sucked into a lot of retail therapy over the past few years. You would too after all the hell we've been through since the accident in 2008, not to mention the hell I've been through personally since 2007.
We got sucked into, "We could die tomorrow!" thinking that allowed us to go into debt to get to our places of warmth every year.
But things are different now. We have a plan to spend every day in paradise. We don't need to bring along a looming debt to hinder our dream.
So, I did it.
I convinced my love that only one wedding will suffice. The one we can afford to save and pay cash for.
But I must admit, knowing that there will be someone here to watch the G'ma in May does make me want to get the hell outta Dodge.
Maybe we can enjoy a Stay-cation perhaps? It will give us time to get things ready for our massive Garage Sale Gala!
Get rid of crap we can't sell, and get a few bucks for the rest.
Anyway, I managed to keep us out of a further debt and I'm shocked I could do it.
Somehow, I edged one finger at a time out of the Gyprock above me. His fingers were pretty much holding on for dear life.
I talked him down, but it wasn't without a lot of work.
Phew. That was too close.
i am deserving of all the good things in my life