Thursday, 25 September 2008

Two Mondays

Thanks to yesterday's public holiday, today feels like a Monday. So two Mondays in one week! Eep. But tomorrow's Friday, so it's all good.

And I just realised that we're nearly into October, which means I need to start on Christmas presents now in order not to be broke in December. I tell myself that I'm going to do this every year, and I don't. But this year will be different.

Hmmm... de ja vu.

But seriously... I want to go on a kick-ass holiday at the end of the year, so I will need to have some cash then. Which means I will need to either:

a) Win the lotto (unlikely, seeing I don't play)
b) Get in some more freelance jobs ASAP
c) Convince people to order their corporate gifts through me or let my company do their PR (coz I'd get commission)
d) Cut down on my spending (also unlikely given the current inflation rate. Ok, and my tendancy to buy random gifts for those I love)
e) Open a shebeen on my veranda (anything's possible in uor dodgey complex)
f) Take up a new line of work that pays better (politics, maybe? Or law. I'm argumentative enough to be a lawyer.)

This cash injection is absolutely necessary to my well-being. See, I need to unwind as fully as possible during the first week of holiday because my in-laws are taking TSC and I to a lovely resort just after Christmas for a week, which will be... stressful to put it politely.

There are not many people I would choose to go on holiday with, I prefer to just get away from everything and everyone. And my in-laws, although they are very kind-hearted people who don't mean to make things difficult, are experts at stressing me out. Firstly, we don't speak the same language. Secondly, they live in a different world to me. Theirs is populated with their family, their sheep, farm life and red wine that's been stored overnight in the fridge. Mine is inhabited by lunatics, irrational clients, my mental cats and "room-temperature" red wine. So we battle to relate to each other.

Thirdly, their idea of a holiday is to go shopping. This makes sense, if you think that they live in a small town where there aren't many stores. But my idea of a holiday is to escape to a quiet cabin in the mountains or on a beach and retreat from the madding crowds. They like to spend every single minute surrounded by people. I like to hide from the world with just TSC by my side.

So I worry that the week will be claustrophobic for me. I can handle that for a few days, and I just want TSC to enjoy his time with his folks as much as possible seeing he doesn't see them often. But I do plan on relaxing as much as is humanly possible before then. And seeing it's TSC and my second wedding anniversary on 16 Dec, I'm thinking spa treatments, romantic dinners and adventures together are in order.

So... any advice on making money in a hurry (legally, please)?


Being Brazen said...

Gosh, i am having the same horrid money issues..i need more money...

I think your shebeen idea is brilliant...illegal, but who can prove you dont just have a parties everynight and charge your friends for booze?


sweets said...

LOL @ the shebeen :)~

have you filed your tax return yet? i did mine on efiling on the 16th of september and i got my assesment back today! they'll be paying me a few thousand moolas on 1 November... ahhhh i heart sars ;)

Tamara said...

BB: Hehehe.. good idea, lady.

Sweets: Eep! Still trying to figure this SARS stuff out. Terrified that I'll owe them money (not likely, but I'm still scared)!

Ches said...

OMG...have the xmas ads started already?

po said...

Hmm, I have no advice for making money since I have the same problem myself. I agree the shebeen idea is best, why not make your own beer?
I hope the vacation with the inlaws is not too stressful!

Anonymous said...

Sadly I have no advice regarding a get rich quick scheme. If you do find one, please let me know. Personally the idea of a shebeen is sort of growing on me. And I have no neighbours who will 'phone the cops.

Now, your in-laws... well, I am embarrassed to admit that I can really identify with them. Although I really do hate shopping but I can understand why they would.

Kitty Cat said...

Congrats on your soon to be 2 years of marriage! That's great. Sorry, if I had a quick money making idea, well, I'd be doing it and I'd be rich!

Being Brazen said...

There is an award for you on my blog - go lookey

elizabeth said...

You have an award from me too (LOL) Sorry being brazen - I should have checked!!! ;o)

Gill said...

Hate to break it to you, but if anyone is going to win the lotto it's going to be me, sorry about that ;-) If only..... Oh and if you find a good get rich quick scheme let me know okay!!

Slyde said...

damn, i just had the solution to your money problems, then i saw the "legally" caveat..

party pooper...

so, where would you care to go on vacation?

Tamara said...

Ches: Do you live under a rock?

PO: Well that's something I haven't tried before. Maybe I'll just make everyone beer for Christmas ;-)

Kattbox: Yep, like I said it's totally understandable for them, but that doesn't mean that I want to get dragged mall-hopping.

Kitty: Thanks. I guess you would!

BB: Oooooh! How awesome. Thanks, lady.

Elizabeth: Hehehe... I just feel doubly loved. Thanks!

Gill: Well remember me when you do win the lotto.

Slyde: What was your illegal idea, out of interest? I would love to go to Greece, but barring that, anywhere pretty, exciting, unusual or fun. So basically... the holiday is more important than where I take it!

Ruby said...

If i think of anything i'll let you know...promise!

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