This year is the first year in a few years that I was fortunate enough to receive a work bonus. Listen, I know how lucky I am to have the job I do, and never EVER forget to be grateful for it, even when occasionally complaining about it, but the bonus is a really nice garnish on an already full plate and sometimes garnish is tasty and useful.
What a weird word.
When the bonus (all that parsley!) showed up in my bank account, I felt rich, as one might expect. The account had bulked up to something I consider impressive and to an amount that most financial advisors say you should have in your account as liquidity in case of emergency. Yep, for a moment I flirted with the '6 months of pay' cash level when the accounts were all totaled up. Giddyup, hiyo, we're on our way to fancy-town!
Naturally, this state of affairs couldn't last. I live in America, after all, and HAD TO SPEND IT!
Now, before you start to sweat and fret about how nuts I went with all those monies, it should be noted that I had made plans for that money before even getting it, so I didn't go all willy-nilly and Amazonian cray in this heady new Scrooge McDuck-like fiduciary space. Nope, I'm not THAT out-of-kilter, though I have every right to be because AMERICA. :)
See, Thing 1 drives (or, rather, drove) a very old car that was leaking fluids with abandon and wasn't all that reliable anymore. Overheating, sensors going, you know how it is. Repairs are costly.
So I bought a (reasonably priced) car. With cash. Because, bonuses are meant to be shared.
Now he drives a much newer, safer, more reliable (I hope) vehicle and Thing 1 is immensely grateful for this development. He will pay me for the insurance coverage, and potentially start making payments to purchase the car from me in time. Winning!
Then, because bonuses are meant to be shared, I shared some with Biff so he can finally go ahead with his flight instructor career and get out of the remodeling biz (for the most part). Customer service can be exhausting, and he wasn't living his dream by renovating bathrooms, so BOOM, bonus further shared. And bonus...gone.
I have no complaints. Next year, though, I'm booking travel with any bonus I might get. That's also a good way to share a bonus, by taking the fam someplace far away (like Canada!) to experience life outside our little corner of the world.
Dreaming big here. Canada. I might just be crazy.