Today my bank account is about to grow in a big way – I am getting the money from selling my car! My lovely dad (who paid for 90% of the car in the first place when I was in high school) is buying my car back from me to give to my little brother. Everybody wins, except my dad who has now paid twice for this car, but he has a secret soft spot for El Diablo (yes, she has a name) and I know he’s glad that it’s staying “in the family” so I don’t feel too bad about it. Plus, he knows the money is going to a good cause. This $4000 is exactly the amount I need for my diving instructor courses in Roatan so I know I at least have that, now I just need the rest! As of this Thursday I’ll have $1500 in my Roatan savings account now, and with the money from the car I’ll have $5500. I will feel a lot better when I see those numbers in there. I knew the whole time the money was coming, but it’s different when you check your bank balance and it’s actually in there! I have it in a high-interest savings account too so hopefully I can make a few dollars off it before I leave.
In other news, I leave for my quick Roatan trip in 12 days, not that I’m counting or anything. I have a friend who found a $571 return ticket so she is going to come with me. At first I was jealous of her getting a ticket almost $200 cheaper than me, but her flights go Vancouver > Toronto > Houston > Roatan and then on the way home Roatan > Houston > New Jersey (WTF!) > Vancouver. That is insane – west coast to east coast, back to the middle and down…crazy. Her travel times are 10-15 hours longer than mine. I feel like for a trip that’s only a week, I’m okay with spending a little more for better travel times and stopovers. I am going Vancouver > San Francisco > Houston > Roatan and then Roatan > Houston > Vancouver (that one will be so easy!). We at least will be flying together from Houston into Roatan on the way in, so that’s good…I was worried about trying to find her and meeting up and the asshole taxi drivers at the airport bothering her. She flies home a day earlier than me so I will still have one day/night on my island solo. I can’t wait!! The trip might cost a little more than I budgeted for because we might need to stay in a hotel now since I don’t want to impose on my friends who invited me to stay with them (kinda rude to just add another person in) and I am sure I will be partying more than I planned. Oh well. I am excited to show another person the place that I love so much!
See you in 12 days, Roatan. If anyone is looking for me, I’ll be exactly where this girl is in the photo below…Halfmoon Bay beach, West End, aka my favorite place in the world.
Exactly – I knew the money was coming but I feel so much better now that I can look at my online banking and actually see it! I am still a little anxious about the last-minute things I am going to sell… I feel like I know how much I can sell them for, but what if I don't get that price? What if I can't sell them in time? AHHHHH!
Love the ipod shuffle story – I shared it with my friend who is coming to Roatan. She agreed that she is like the ipod. I think I might end up meeting her in the Houston airport for our flight to Roatan and feeling a little guilty after only one stopover and 8 hours less traveling than her 🙂 Oh well, with the money she saved she will be able to afford to take a diving course so I'm really happy that she'll get to see the reef!
Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) says
Totally know what you mean about planning for money based on selling things and the anxiety it produces. We have a large chunk of cashola we're counting on that is all contingent on selling off certain things or getting back our security deposit, ect., and it's really stressful to be 95% certain we'll have that money but not 100%!
Also, your friend's itinerary reminds me of the time I bought my friend an ipod shuffle for her birthday and I got to see its progress. This was the path it took (obviously not the most direct route): Suzhou, China > Shanghai, China > Mississauga, Canada > Anchorage, Alaska > Newark, New Jersey > Montreal, Quebec. I love how it was in the right country and everything and then decided to pop over to ALASKA.