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Making Up For My Procrastination

Exercise #158 : Top 10 Gift List
If you won the lottery---say, the $40 million lottery--- who and what would you give money to? List your top 10. Then, if you have time, do the list for a fictional character.

1,2,3, GO!

Oh, to be rich... If only, if only, if only...

But anyways... on with the exercise...
  1. I'd give a bunch to my parents. Lord knows I've sucked them dry of all of their money and owe them more money than I will ever make in my lifetime.
  2. A good bit would go to my sister just because she is my Sissybug, and I love her.
  3. I'd give to a charity that dealt with the taking care of animals and providing free spaying and neutering for as many pets as possible. This, of course, would have to be an institution completely removed from PETA, because those people are crazy.
  4. A great deal would go to the Nashville public school system, specifically to the arts. Music is incredibly important for our kids, people!
  5. I would give a lot to breast cancer research. I've known too many people touched by this disease.
  6. On a similar note, I'd give to diabetes research. It's an awful disease, and they're getting so close to fixing it!
  7. I'd spend a little on myself, buying a really solid wardrobe and marketing myself for opera, writing, etc. I'd also probably get a personal trainer to make myself all svelte and crap. Maybe I'd buy myself a nice tv.
  8. I'd also give to Nashville's homeless centers for obvious reasons.
  9. I have no idea how I'd spend any more.
  10. Probably something global like....... oh, I don't know... World peace. hah
So I kind of copped out of the last 2, but thinking of spending $40,000,000 is absolutely exhausting! And of course this exercise would show up on my list right as I'm having money issues which just makes me more stressed out.

But don't worry, folks. Things should be better once this month is over. Not having a job these past few months has really taken a toll on my bank account, but I am now gainfully employed - thank God - and life is looking up. I just have to watch my spending until I get that steady paycheck.

What charities and people would you give your fortune to?

In other news, I don't know if you noticed or not, but this blog looks quite a bit different. I changed the layout and such just to make things easier and more readable. I might still change the background image to fit more with the blog, but we'll see. What do you think? Do you like the look and feel? I'm pretty happy with it. The only thing that I don't really like is the fact that the background image is one of their default images. I'm sure there's another blog out there somewhere right now that's utilizing this very same background. Yuck. That being said, that might change in the weeks to come, but this is how the layout is going to work from here on out unless you guys hate it. haha

Peace.
Stef.

P.S. HAPPY JULY 4TH!!!! I'm totally going to watch this movie at some point today.


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Comments

Diandra said…
Geez, the thought of that much money scares me!
Stef Howerton said…
I know, right??? I can't even fathom $1,000 much less $40 million!!!
Corianda said…
Hi Stef, I gave this exercise to my year 9s and I was blown away by how "generous", they were. Not one of them complained about not being able to buy anything for themselves! Love your writing ideas and love that you call your sister Sissybug as I call mine sissypoo!

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