WizardBeast wrote:Laura wrote:
Yes, Rhia - go to Europe! Sounds like you're overdue for a trip there...it's all about priorities, ya know?
And I feel I need to say something - believe I've said this before, but in case I didn't, here goes...my family and I don't have *a lot* of money based on many people's views of what that means - we're quite frugal in so many ways (the house we live in, the old car we drive, and so on) yet there is always a *slush fund* so to speak for things that are really important and special to each of us, individually, as well as, as a family unit (e.g. family ski trip to Park City end of December). For me, personally, the metal gigs and trips have been very important to me in the past several years, so somehow I made all of that happen. It hasn't always been easy to juggle everything I try to juggle, but in the long run, it's all working somehow.
So, TMI probably - but back to topic:..... Barge to Hell?
oh i wasn't trying to imply that you have money for tons of trips next year, but if you did, good for you! anyway yeah you have to prioritize. and at this point (though of COURSE i never know until i set the plans in motion), we have the cruise and maryland deathfest and if we can squeak out any other trips *maybe* europe and if not we're long overdue to see some friends in the southern USA....and so Barge to Hell is after Europe and Louisiana....but shit, if i can afford all of that somehow by getting creative, then damn, i'm everywhere!
it's not just the money either, it's time, and gotta pick where you spend THAT too...as of course you know. i admire how you value your family but still manage to do LAURA stuff too! you rock.
Rhia! I wrote that post kinda late last night and upon rereading it this morning I was concerned about the way it came off. For one, I didn't mean it that way that you were implying anything. It's just that I was thinking about a lot of that kind of stuff last night and it just kinda spilled out in my typing. Btw, sounds like you and Nick have a great 2012 planned with 70K and MDF as sure things and other possible trips in the works! I would absolutely love to go to MDF this year - killer line-up!! But when I started to think about all the possibilities and how I wanted to spend my 2 weeks worth of "Laura" vacation in 2012, the possibility of doing another cruise (Barge to Hell) in the fall just sounded too fun to pass up. So, between 70K and B 2 H, there's my 2 weeks. I had originally planned on going to http://www.wave-gotik-treffen.de/english/ after hearing about how awesome it is from MadameLePink...even had a hotel booked in Leipzig (now cancelled ). However, when I got back back from Norway, and I was reviewing what that whole trip ended up costing , I thought it would behoove me to skip Europe in 2012. People say that 70K is an expensive trip - but I think it is actually quite a bargain for what you get (and especially if one is flying from not too far away). Love the fact that the cabin and food is all paid for up front too, so all you have to plan for is money and maybe a souvenir or too. (in my case)
Oh, and thanks for the last comment. The time *is* a big issue, that's why I limit myself in terms of how many shows I'll go to in a given month, and how much time I spend away from my family on a trip. I'm fortunate that I get 6 weeks of vacation annually, so plenty of time for family trips (which so far in 2012 are Park City, Utah end of Dec/first week January, Florida in April, and most likely the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas in June.) We all love to travel and it's one of our biggest priorities! Actually, a nearly two week trip we did to Colorado (Denver, Royal Gorge, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Springs, etc.) a few years back was one of the best. Absolutely loved Colorado - hadn't been there since high school.