It’s the last day of the year. Whew!
The hotel was pretty amazing. It’s one of the few remaining pre-Civil War resorts in this part of the country. And best of all, it’s been completely renovated and restored to 5-Star standards.
I don’t have many indulgences, but historic resorts and spas are my weakness. I loved the lobby so much, hugs were in order.
The spa uses mineral water from the property’s natural springs. Nice!
The hallways are lined with historic photographs. Very nice!
The pre-dinner bar bill for 3 drinks was $46. Okay, stop right there. My foot immediately slammed on the brakes. Errrrrrrk!
Mr. Backbone saw it immediately in my eyes. Inter-brain mathematics. What the hell did we order? Liquid gold? Did the bartender mistakenly hear us say “drinks on us” to the other couples sitting at the bar? What the…?????
Over dinner, referring to the incident in question, he asked me “Are you afraid of success?” Ya see, this was his way of nicely asking why I freaked about the bar bill.
“No” I said, “I’m not afraid of success. And if money comes with it, that would be alright with me. What I am afraid of…and what I hate more than anything else is…well………is waste.”
It may be a personality quirk (or you may call it a flaw or a way of thinking passed down from my frugal parents), but I can’t stand the feeling that I wasted something. In my mind, spending too much money for something not worth the expense is wasting hard-earned cash. And, I never throw things in the garbage that someone else could use. I find alternative uses for old items. Or, I box them up for charity. Although I give away more than I keep, there are some items that I can’t part with…because some day, for some off-the-wall reason, someone’s gonna want the slightly used 5-foot Elvis that’s stored in my basement…right?
Sometimes my hatred of waste goes too far. It gets in the way of enjoying life. Other times, it’s a blessing. Like when you need a cardboard Elvis on short notice. One of my goals for 2011 is to put my attitude about waste into a more balanced perspective.
Most New Year Resolutions focus on doing something. Exercising more. Eating healthier. Quitting a bad habit. You know the drill.
I challenge you to think about the BACKBONE of your personality. Does anything need to be brought into balance to make 2011 a better year? Do any pressures need to be relieved?
How are you spending (or did you spend) New Years Eve? Do you (did you) have a hot date?
Remember to check back on Monday for a recap of my first date with 2011.