My friends: Blacky, Nick, Narelle and Landon enjoying a day out with sparkling nashi wine at the Berry Farm, Margaret River.
Two weeks ago, I was living the high life,
splashing money all over the place.
Going to the beach? Let’s pick up a
six-pack of ciders, I’d say.
Hungry? It was a choice of fresh,
ready-made meals from IGA, the pub or takeaway Indian/pizza/Chow.
I drove my fuel-guzzling car from house to
beach to winery to town non-stop, and I shouted my visiting friends to whatever
indulgence I could.
I love living that way.
However, it caught up with me and this week
life decided to teach me a lesson.
On Monday, I was driving home from the
beach when I was pulled over by the police for a broken headlight (care of roo
incident two weeks prior).
I did well in hiding the fact that I’d just
shared a whole bottle of sparkling passionfruit with Nick and they didn’t breathalyze me, thank
goodness (ps. I will never drive post-drinking again).
But I got what WA calls a “yellow sticker”
which means my baby Merc is under strict order to visit “the pits” where it
will be scrutinised from bonnet to tail light and slapped with many bills for
fixing whatever they find. Gah.
That same night, my Mum sent me a worried
message on Facebook. “Zann, Jaz is sick. I don’t know what’s wrong. She has a
large lump on her leg and she seems listless and sad.”
I took Jaz to the vet the following day and
discovered she had cancer.
Luckily, the kind vet told me that it won’t
harm her and can’t spread, but it will eventually irritate her enough that it
will have to be removed before it grows back within the following 12 months.
$200 for that was definitely worth it, but
with $0 savings I was suddenly worried about affording everything I needed to
pay for – phone bill, rent, flights to and from Adelaide next week, my car.
Adults are faced with so much
responsibility which can be lurking in the subconscious for so long, until life
goes, ‘Wait! You cannot have this much fun!”
So everyone has to learn how to behave and
save for that famed rainy day we’re all warned about.
Have you learnt to save by whatever age you
are now? Was there a particular event that taught you a lesson?
Southbound came and went on the weekend, with a massive two days of AMAZING acts - I couldn't believe how sweet the line-up was.
Highlights were Bombay Bicycle Club, Flume, SBTRKT, DJ Alison Wonderland and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, mainly because I loved dancing like a hoon to them all.
I would have liked to have included San Cisco, but I watched them (apparently) without being able to remember much :\. As you do at festivals.
It's crazy that it's been a whole year since the last Southbound (read last year's post here and my tale of working at the festival gates here).
I went with a totally different group of people this time - my best friends from SA who traveled over to visit me, and my boy-'friend', Nick. :)
With the first festival for the summer ticked off, it's time to look forward to Big Day Out, Laneway and Soundwave - got all my tickets already and I'm keeeeen.
Which is your favourite festival that you've been to, or what are you looking forward to?