Posting has been a bit slow around here lately. Let’s just say life was happening in the Debt Free JD household, and blogging (among other things) fell by the wayside for a bit. However, I’m back in the saddle.
It is January in New England (home to Household DebtFreeJD). Which means it’s very cold and spring is nowhere near. Around this time of year, I start saying things to Mr. Debt Free JD like “Why haven’t we considered moving to Florida?”*
Obviously, what I’d really like to do is go on a tropical vacation. However, that’s out for a variety of reasons. #1, that’s contrary to loan repayment. #2, there’s no way I could take a week or two off work now to travel to the Bahamas. #3, any vacation without Dog Debt Free JD is subpar. #4, I don’t actually really think I’d enjoy a tropical resort all that much.
In lieu of traveling to palm beaches, while I was living in Boston I starting doing a mini-tropical-vacation-in-my-own-apartment. It’s designed to last about half an hour, and it really does take your mind off winter for a bit. It involves:
- The right food and drink.
That is, in case you are wondering, is sliced kiwi and a mango-coconut milk smoothie.
- The appropriate music. I play what claims to be “traditional Hawaii music” from You Tube.
- A toasty apartment. Our apartment is usually set at an economical — but chilly — 65 degrees. During my “Escape from Winter” break, I turn it up to a decadent 70.
- The humidifier turned on “high.” Or I leave the shower running with the door open for about ten minutes.
And hey, presto, temporary summer. I know it sounds cheezy, but it’s a very cheap way to take a short break from winter.
*His response is “You always claim you couldn’t live without seasons.” Alas, he’s right. But I forget that during January and February.