Sacrificing for “the dream”

Today I got an alumni newsletter email from my beloved St. Mike’s (the college, not the hard lemonade) encouraging me to come to the reunion this June (I had already decided not to go).  First of all, let me say, I can’t believe it’s been 5 years!  Second, I must be a glutton for punishment because I pressed on the Reunion link so I could check out who is going and the details for the event. :-(. I want to go!! But I’m not going to.  I tallied up what that little long weekend would cost me (events, airfare, car rental, food) and it would be about $600…if I only drank when there was free alcohol and went on the Taco Bell diet.  While I might actually be ok with eating TB for 3 days straight, there is no way I’d not be drinking.  Ok, I realize that makes me sound like an alcoholic, so let me clarify.  There’s an event at a bar and there is a booze cruise, but there are no included drinks in either of those. So yea, not realistic to think I wouldn’t be buying a couple of drinks. 

To put that $600 in perspective, I of course thought about what I could use it for while I’m traveling.  Nearly a month in Southeast Asia or Central America.  A flight from Raleigh-Durham, NC to London, England and a flight from Malaga, Spain to Casablanca, Morocco. My travel immunizations, a big backpack, a pair of sneakers, and assorted odds and ends I’ll need for traveling.  My passport, Australian Work and Holiday Visa, passport/visa photos and 2 days in Italy with my friend Lindsey. 

Not feeling like I’m missing out anymore. 😀

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