Monday, January 28, 2013

Hi, my name is Sara

It's the Re-Introduce yourself blogfest today. 







 I thought this was a brilliant idea.  You know how in school you'd be sitting next to someone in class and over the year you'd start talking and become friends but you never find out their name?  Please tell me I'm not the only one that happened to.  Anyway, I thought this bogfest was a great idea for getting to know more about blogging friends so hopefully, down the road somewhere I don't get embarrassed by not knowing somethign about them that I should.  Like their name. Unfortunately I'm not cool or talented enough to do one of the video introductions (or even think about it) so I'm doing it the old fashioned way.  Here you go.



My name is Sara.  I go by my initials S.P. because if you google Sara Bowers there are waaaaayyyyy to many.  Including but not limited to a playboy bunny, another author, and a character in a series. Googling S.P.Bowers was much nicer so I thought that might make for a better author name.  But, I'll answer to pretty much anything.





You can tell a lot about someone by how they spend their money.  So to introduce myself I’ll be answering this question.   If you sold your current novel for rock star money, how would you spend it?

On a new dishwasher!  Seriously.  And yes, I do have a pile of dirty dishes larger than both my kids, why do you ask? 

I’d buy a lot of books. Take The Engineer out to a very nice dinner where he can eat all the seafood and sushi and icky things he wants.  Then I’d pay off the mortgage and finish the basement. 

Yea, as you can tell I’m a pretty boring person. 

And there you have it. 

What would you buy?

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  1. Vacations for the fam. And lots of them. Cruises too as we a re cruise junkies.

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  2. Oh my gosh. I've been guilty of that on multiple occasions - realize I've been friendly with someone so long I'm embarrassed to ask their name. *blush* I'm a visually-oriented person and I'll remember your face 'til the day I die, but dang if I can remember names!

    I guess I'm a boring person, too. I'd pay off bills, fix stuff, and live a little just like you. ;)

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    1. Sounds good to me!

      I'm not good with names either.

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  3. So that's what the S stands for. :D

    Nothing would change for us, except we would get a new stove. But we have to get that anyway. We just have to get around to buying it. A rock star book deal wouldn't rush that. If anything, it would slow it down more because of impending deadlines. :P

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    1. I thought some people might not know. :)

      Very true about the deadlines. I have to admit I wouldn't last too long without a stove but hubby and I do the same thing. If we need something like that we take it slow, research brands and performances and make sure we're getting what we want.

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  4. I think I'd want to travel more. And yes, it's happened to me as well. I've become acquainted with some really nice people through my running club, but I'm embarrassed to say I still don't know their names and we see each other at least 2x a week! I'm so bad with names. I can't even remember Mark K..p.mans or something's name, (; I'm sure it took me forever to realize your name was Sara. Nice to re-meet you. (:

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    1. You should ask, they probably don't know your name either. :)

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  5. Hi Sara, nice to meet you (again). ;) We think alike. Paying off the mortgage would be top of my list as well. And yikes! I can't imagine life without my dishwasher.

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  6. Good to know a bit more about you. I'd definitely buy a dishwasher. I still remember when I first got one in an apartment I rented. I couldn't live without it afterwards.

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    1. Once you have one there's no going back. Unless it breaks and there aren't funds....

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  7. Sara - It's always nice to learn more about a blogging buddy. ^_^ I'd spiff up my basement (studio) too!

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  8. I've had to remember too many names in my time as a high school teacher and now I'm coated with Teflon. They seem to slide off unless I know the person for a long time. I _knew_ it was Sara. ; )

    Most people remember _my_ name! And usually they ask how I got it and that's a funny story, but I won't repeat it here.

    If I sold a book, I'd hire 24-hour help to care for my MIL and my hubby and I would go on a looooong delayed vacation. And some nice clothes would be nice.

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    1. You and hubby deserve that vacation. Here's hoping you can get that help.

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  9. Your rock-star advance plans sound similar to mine, S.P. I'd redo the landscaping around our little house. It's overdo for some more-than-surface upkeep. We *really* need to restucco the adobe exterior.

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    1. Oh, yea, yard is a whole other story.

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  10. NOT at ALL, Sara,

    You are refreshingly real.... Sorry about all those dishes. TIme to introduce the kids to the sink and dishwashing soap .... LOL.... that is if they are old enough.

    My mom was a working mother, so we kids did it all from an early age. I am thankful for that.

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    1. At 2 and 3 years they're still a little short for the sink. However, they do wash windows, sweep, vacuum and clean cabinet doors. Their favorite thing however is to get a shovel and dig. I'm a huge fan of teaching them to work from an early age.

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  11. Hmmm, if it were reeeeeeally a lot of money, I'd pay off our kids' mortgages. And then set up college accounts for all of the grandchildren.

    Very cool that you're a ham. Did you attend any local club meetings or hamfests? If so, we may have met. I was the GA section manager for the ARRL for almost a decade, and visited LOTS of clubs, and gave LOTS of talks, etc. It'd really be cool if we already met...

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    1. We haven't, sorry. I really haven't done anything with it since we moved to GA seven years ago. I did join some clubs and groups before that though. When I joined the club at my university they were astounded. I don't think they'd ever had a girl join before.

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  12. I would totally buy a new dishwasher! Actually, if truth be told, I would buy a refrigerator that MAKES ICE because I think that is the ultimate in appliance porn.
    OK, so maybe I'd get an inground swimming pool, too. And a new front door. And a new kitchen. And maybe a motorcycle. And.... is there still money for this? It would have to be a really, really good book...

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    1. Lol, appliance porn! I want one of those fridges with the freezer on the bottom. And a pool does sound nice...

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  13. Hi S.P., nice to re-meet you. I think I'd use my initials too. I wouldn't want anyone confusing me with a playboy bunny. Yes, this is a fun blog hop. What would I do with a rock star money from my book??? Easy, take the whole family on the longest cruise I could find. We all love being on the ocean. Great post!

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    1. No that they would confuse us if they ever saw my picture.....

      A cruise would be fun. And I love that your plans include your whole family!

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  14. Hi, Sara! Nice to meet you! I guess I'm boring too, cause I'd pay off my mortgage, cars, and turn my attic into an extra bedroom. And you're not alone, you just gave me a flashback of high school. There were so many people I talked to, but can't remember their names. Oh well, I'll remember yours. :)

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  15. Hey Sara, very nice to meet you. You don't sound boring at all...there's -nothing- boring in being practical :)

    If I sold my book and got rock star money, I'd buy some land and put a little log cabin on it. I'd have a garden and a few animals and live off the land...oh and I'd make sure I had internet access :)

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    1. That sounds like a lovely dream. You'd invite us all for writing retreats, right??? But you would definitely need internet.

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  16. Trips, Trips, Trips! And an apartment in Italy for my mom. She's always wanted one. How fun to introduce ourselves to someone new! Check us out at http://citymusecountrymuse2012.blogspot.com/

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    1. Trips and a place to visit in Italy between them. Sounds fabulous.

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  17. Hi Sara. Nice to meet you. I would pay off my parents mortgage, buy myself, my parents and my brothers a new car. And, I would spend the rest of my days traveling the world and writing.

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    1. I love how generous people are and that their first instinct is to buy things for their families.

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  18. Hi, S.P.,
    I'd probably spend most of the money on electronic gadgets and books...and some bills, of course. Nice to 'meet' you.

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  19. LOL, not boring just normal. I need a new dishwasher too and the basement could use some work.

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    1. Exactly! It would make the day to day life so much easier.

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  20. I'd buy a ticket for a 3-month pleasure cruise around the world...
    I'd also buy tons of books... of course!
    I can read them aboard the luxury liner... when we're on the high seas and I have nothing to do...
    Nice to re-meet you Sara!

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    1. Books and a world cruise. I don't think it could get better.

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  21. Nothing wrong with practical, especially a dishwasher. It gives you all the more time to write. :-) But this comes from a person who spent her Christmas money on a new sauce pan. I have a pretty expensive set of pots and pans but can't spend just 'regular' money on them. So my gift money it was.

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    1. This is funny because hubby and I were discussing buying new pots for our 15th anniversary this spring. A special occasion deserves a special present.

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  22. Our dishwasher has been wonky lately, so yes to a new dishwasher! :D

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  23. Lol! Your money wishes aren't that much different than mine. And I don't think about dish mountains - it'd just get depressing. Nice to meet you!

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    1. Depressing.... Yet at some point I have to face them or the kids and cats will get crushed.

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  24. Hahaha! I actually ripped my dishwasher out and tossed it out the door about ten years ago. Now where the hole for it was, I placed a recycling bin. hee hee. Stupid thing was making me way more work!

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    1. A recycling bin would be nice, but with my amount of dishes I want a functioning dishwasher more.

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  25. Nice, what a great way to introduce yourself. I have no idea what I would spend the money on other than to finance life so I can quit my 9-5er and spend all of my time writing, traveling, and writing about traveling. :-)

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    1. Being a stay at home author and writing all day without interruptions? Sounds too good to be true.

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  26. These sound like excellent purchases to me. If we didn't already have a dishwasher, I'd be saving up for one right now.

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    1. I've found the quality of everyday life is more important than a week or two of fun.

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  27. Haha! I could use a dishwasher, too, but if I make rock star money with my novel, I'm hitting the airport and heading off on a round-the-world trip.

    Great intro/re-intro! Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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    1. There is a lot of the world I'd love to see, and I wouldn't have to do dishes while traveling.....

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  28. It's nice to meet you Sara! Vacations are a must! To the beach for sure!!

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    1. A weekend at the beach does sound nice.

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  29. A flat in London.

    And funnily enough, I use my maiden name to write because Amanda Pepper is a character in a series of mystery novels, so Googling me under that name would be impossible!

    ~M Pepper Langlinais
    http://pepperwords.com

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  30. S.P. Bowers sounds authorly to me. I like it.

    And thinking practical isn't boring! You've got your head screwed on right. A new tumbledryer would be high on our list because ours breaks down all the time. And four kids plus the Scottish weather means it gets used on an almost constant basis.

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    1. Dryers are a must! We use ours a lot too. Potty training really takes a toll on the pants.

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  31. Very nice to meet you. What would I buy? Hmmmm.....A big old house with wood panelling, a fireplace, tall baseboards, a spooky attic and a full library room. Thanks for dropping in on thefeatherednest.

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  32. Great to meet you again, SP. I'm pretty sure I've seen you around. :)

    I don't think a new dishwasher is at all boring. I'd get a cleaning service.

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    1. You know, a cleaning service is one of the things I've often dreamed of having.

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  33. Hey Sara! I know what you mean about people's names... some of my best friends, like wotserface and thingummy... I'm way too embarrassed to ask after ten years.
    Anyway, I'd buy cookies... and champagne... and maybe a yacht or a skateboard. :-)

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    1. You know, yacht, skateboard, whichever.

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  34. Yeah, a new dishwasher would be nice...one with cute buns. Oops did I type that out loud? Chocolate, lots and lots of chocolates.

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    1. Well, I already have some cute buns to look at. He's just not home enough to do dishes.

      Chocolate is always good.

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  35. You're not boring. I'd do the same thing. I really miss having a dishwasher. I'd travel a lot and invest wisely so my husband wouldn't have to work. He could take care of our son while I spent the time writing! :)

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    1. I would invest too. I like the idea of hubby not having to work.

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  36. You're not boring at all! I think the stuff you said you'd buy with your rock-star money reflects that you are thoughtful and practical.

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  37. I don't think that's boring. If I sold a book for rock star money I'd be buying a house ;)

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  38. I think that was a good way to narrow the search for your name.

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    1. Now I just need an agent and a publishing deal.

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  39. Oh, a dishwasher would be nice. If for no other reason than my own mountain of dishes out of sight. It's great meeting you :)

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    1. Apparently a dishwasher is a common desire.

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  40. Good thing you did the Google search before you put too much work into branding yourself. Smart thinking. And I do hope you get a dishwasher soon, or someone to wash your dishes for you.

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    1. I tried to think ahead. We'll see if an agent or publisher likes it though.

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  41. I'd use the money from my sold novel to put in a Hot Tub!! All of my best book idea's come while I'm sitting in the one at the health club. :)

    It was great to re-meet you again!

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    1. Sounds like the perfect thing for you then. Good soaking and good thinking!

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  42. I would buy tons of books, too! I have too many on my TBR list, so sometime in my lifetime, I must manage to read like half of them. And I would pay off the mortgage, too. It would be money well spent.

    It's nice to re-meet you again, Sara! And I can't keep up with names either - there's so many of us writers in the writing community that I forget half of them until I look at their blog and remember them.

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    1. I do remember people better by seeing their blog too. :)

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  43. Sounds like you're practical and practical only sounds boring. :) I too tend to handle the necessities first.

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  44. Hi S.P., thought I'd stop by and borrow a cup of sugar.
    Always nice to meet new folks and you are welcome anytime to pop 'round the nut-tree and see what's shakin'.
    ~Just Jill

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  45. Wow, good question. I'd pay off student loans, purchase some new software and upgrades for my ancient laptop, buy tons of books (at least every book of all the author friends I've made along my writing journey...) Move to my own island but made sure to have internet! ;) Very nice to meet you.

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    1. a new computer/upgrades sounds great. Maybe this thing wouldn't be so slow.

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  46. if you don't want to do sushi with him....i'll help out and take your place. i LOVE sushi!!! ok, so i'll spend my money on that!

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  47. You are the second site wanting a dishwasher - what is this obsession? I still wash up by hand.

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    1. Since I bake most everything from scratch I end up with a lot of dishes.

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  48. I completely hear you about the dishwasher! It took me years and year to finally get one and it was worth every friggin penny! :) But if I had a ton of money, I'd travel. So long Montana, and hello someplace beautiful with a beach!

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    1. Trevel seems to be a common theme. I think as writers we long to explore the world and people so we can add to our stories. The ones we write and the ones we live.

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  49. Well the sales of my last book went to pay for some art for my next 3 or 4. Not the best way to do things I am sure, but I can't complain.

    Great to "meet" you again.

    Tim Brannan, The Other Side.
    http://timbrannan.blogspot.com/

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    1. You're investing in your future. I think that's the best investment ever.

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  50. You are a practical person! Me? I'd travel around the world. Not so practical. LOL!

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    1. Maybe not but it would be so much fun.

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  51. A new dishwasher sounds like an admirable purchase to me!

    Funny about your Google search. :)

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  52. Umn, first of all...how did you get 99 comments on this post!?!?! Holy comments! You totally rock! And I love how you answered the spending of money thing. So cool. I have to think about how I would answer that. Wait, I already know. Beach house!

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    1. Well, it is a blogfest. Plus I'm responding to comments so that doubles everything. Can I come visit you at your beach house?

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  53. It's funny you should say dishwasher. Mine just started acting sickly. The top spray wand won't turn. I had to add extra hot water yesterday. Here's hoping that worked. Doing dishes by hand? Do people still do that!

    Happy to meet you again, Sara.

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    1. Sorry about the dishwasher. I hope it's a temporary thing. It only has to work long enough to sell the house, right?

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  54. I would pay off my student loans and then probably put the rest into a savings account until I figure out where I'm going with my life :P

    Funny, googling Samantha May brought up playboy bunnies too. *sigh*

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  55. I would buy that condo in Anchorage, Alaska!

    Goggle my name and a singer and writer and you name it come up, although it's the obits that really bother me! I should have used initials too! Sigh...

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  56. I like your $ ideas! I'd pay off the mortgage too :-)

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  57. Dishwasher! Oh, that would be a fantasy come true for me. I've been without for over 8 years, and I'm sick of the sacrifice.

    You're not the play boy bunny? Well, I'm sure you're hubby has his own fantasies :)

    ......dhole

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  58. I think I would sell our house and get rid of most of our stuff and travel.

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  59. If I sold my book and got rockstar money, I'd pay off my car (I only have 9 months left on it, but why not), pay off my student loans, buy some clothing, take a wicked nice trip, take my parents on a way nice trip, buy the 'rents all new windows in their home, buy a house and a dog, and then save the rest.

    And that's that. Sigh!

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  60. Hrm...what would I buy? I'd pack up the fam and go visit a friend in Melbourne, for one. I'd buy my hubby a 4-door Jeep Wrangler (because he wants one soooooooo bad). And I'd buy property.

    Realistically, I'd probably do none of the above, and would put it in some manner of interest gaining account, because I'm that boring. Sigh.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  61. LOL! Not boring at all. I love it. And very cool to hear about your initials VS your full name.

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  62. Dishwasher-- I totally get that! Loved this. I'd buy a bunch of books and a little writing house by the beach. :)

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