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OK, so hardly anything on my bucket list can be done on a small budget, but I’ve been invited to enter a competition run by moneysupermarket to write about something on my bucket list that wouldn’t cost the Earth but would give me lifelong memories. I thought it seemed like a good excuse to write a post so here goes..
Budget Item: Learn Japanese
I was going to go with ‘have a baby’ for this as technically that costs nothing, but I guess it gets expensive after you’ve had a the baby so I don’t think it counts. Every since I first played Pokemon on my Gameboy years and years ago, I’ve loved Japanese pop culture. I started reading manga, watching anime and listening to Japanese music. All of which is fine, but it’d be a lot better if I knew Japanese. I’d love to be able to watch anime before it’s been translated, or be able to sing along better to Gackt. This is my budget item because while I’d probably learn better if I had a teacher or went on a course, there’s plenty of free, teach-yourself resources on the Internet and there’s even free apps that I’ve used in the past to try and get started. The only thing stopping me is having the time to do it.
Not-so Budget Item: Visiting all 50 US states
I love the US and try to visit as much as I can (and I feel very lucky to have been able to go so mnay times), but it’s going to take a lot of summer holidays to tick off every state. I’ve already been to a few of the harder to reach states (Hawaii & Alaska) so I’m hoping that gives me a greater chance of actually doing this, but it’s definitely not going to be cheap. Even so, I do think something like this can be done on a budget, and whilst it might not be the smallest of budgets I think it’s easy to control your spendings when it comes to holidays. Just things like buying your plane tickets when they’re more likely to be cheaper, staying at budget hotels, visiting the local tourist information office on your first day to grab their offers/vouchers for accommodation and food, it all helps.
Welcome back McFly! <3
Just got to persuade Vince that this should be our first dance song now…
I really need to update here more often, because when massive things happen in my life I really have no good excuse for not updating!
On February 5th, Vince and I got engaged! February 5th was our 7th anniversary so we went up to the Lakes for the weekend. We got there late afternoon and it had been snowing quite heavily, so we decided to turn back around and go home instead of potentially getting snowed in! So to make up for it, Vince took us to the Formby pine woods, which is where he popped the question…
So now we have the huge, intimidating task of planning our wedding. We’re hoping to get married next year, assuming we have the money. It’s so exciting (and stressful)!
Also, and completely unrelated, this blog has a new sidebar that I’ve been practicing my jQuery skills on. I’m also thinking of changing the background to a slideshow, or at least changing the image regularly.
We went to Cheshire Oaks to do some Christmas shopping this afternoon and they have their tree up already~
I’ve made a new layout for my blog! It uses a full width background image (that should resize no matter what resolution you’re using) of Badlands National Park in South Dakota, which is a photo I took on our holiday last year.
I wanted to get the US National Park sign in somewhere but wherever I put it, it looked out of place. I might add it in somewhere else.
Hopefully having a new layout will motivate me to blog a little more! (I think I say this every time I change it..)