July 29, 2012

This Crazy Life


My husband owns his own business and for the last 25 years, he has put all his business expenses on his credit card as well as I've put all our groceries and school supplies and clothes on there.

For 25 years.

If we don't have the cash, we don't buy it. Why do we use a credit card? We have it tied to frequent flier points.

For 25 years.

And we've never spent them.

For 25 years.

And after 25 years the number of ff points started getting close to 2 million. And they didn't expire.

When my husband's father died a couple years ago, he told me he'd like to got to Italy. His family immigrated from there in the late 1800s, early 1900s. And so I said, "Well, your Dad left you the inheritance. If this is what you want to spend it on, that is YOUR choice. It is YOUR money..."

And he started to look into it, got a good travel agent that had been recommended to him and realized...


... that after 25 years of saving ff points, you can fly 5 people coach to Italy and pay for all the hotel for 10 days... just using ff points.

Which means, other than food and tours, we could go to Italy FOR... FREEEEE.

This happens Friday.

On Friday at 3PM, we fly out to Charlotte where we catch a flight to Rome and we will spend 5 days in Rome, 3 in Florence and 2 in Venice.

I'm a bit giddy. I'm... going to Italy. And I'm going to the Vatican. And I'm going to eat gelato... IN Italy. And I'm going to see the Statue of David. And I'm going to go to a real Catholic Mass IN Italy IN Latin.

And he promised me that I can see the catacombs... 'cuz we all know I'm all about the cemeteries.


I'll have a way to blog, but probably not to post pictures. I'm pretty much unplugged.

For ten days.

In Italy.

Eating gelato.

I have to pay for that... the gelato. I think I can swing that.

Posted by Boudicca at July 29, 2012 08:15 PM

holy carp! Have a great trip!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at July 29, 2012 08:57 PM

Good for You..!!! And G'Man and the boys..!! Y'all have fun, you deserve it more than anyone I know..!!

Posted by: P'cola Titan at July 29, 2012 09:46 PM

Sweet! So glad you didn't loose the miles and get to use them. Looking forward to hearing about your trip and the conversations you'll have. Safe Travels.

Posted by: cin at July 30, 2012 02:02 AM

As I have made that transatlantic flight several times . . . the easiest way to get through the jetlag is to keep moving when you get there. No more than a 20-30 minute power nap. Try to get yourself on a schedule right away or the days will get away from you. If you keep moving, you'll be able to do it all! Enjoy! We are going to Rome around Christmas time, so I'll be anxious to see your posts.

Posted by: Lori at July 30, 2012 02:27 AM

That is so awesome. Did I mention I took my hubby over to Venice for his birthday one year. We loved it. Hope you have a great time as well!

Posted by: vwbug at July 30, 2012 06:13 AM

Have a wonderful trip! I can't wait to hear about it and see pictures!
(Now, when's the trip to Scotland?)

Posted by: Jody at July 30, 2012 06:20 AM

.... I am so incredibly jealous..... I have stomped all over Europe, but I have never been to Italy!!..... have a wonderful trip!.....

Posted by: Eric at July 30, 2012 06:36 AM

You'll have a fabulous time!

Posted by: Mrs. Who at July 30, 2012 07:37 AM

Awesome! It sounds like you are going to have a great time. I really want to go to Scotland and Norway... I'm just not sure I want to bring Clone with.

Posted by: Contagion at July 30, 2012 07:47 AM


You can post pictures when you get back.

Posted by: The Thomas at July 30, 2012 08:18 AM

Oh, my gosh! That's awesome!! Hope you have an incredible trip, full of fun. Just remember... we want pictures! ;)

Posted by: pam at July 30, 2012 05:05 PM

I am so happy for you guys! Have a wonderful trip!

Posted by: caltechgirl at July 30, 2012 08:40 PM

Wow! That's awesome, Bou! Have a wonderful time...can't wait to hear the stories.

Posted by: Pammy at July 30, 2012 09:00 PM

Buy yourself something very cool while you are there! My husband and I had the fortune to be sent to Germany on a business trip (and they kindly offered to pay my fare as well). While we were there, we bought a clock. Every time it chimes, it's a nice reminder of a wonderful two weeks. :)

Posted by: PeggyU at July 30, 2012 09:30 PM

I was in Italy this time last year. Perfect time to go. It's everything you dream it will be. Enjoy every minute!

Posted by: Shaz at July 30, 2012 09:54 PM

OMG - I get behind in my reading and you are going to Italy!!! Have a WONDERFUL time. WooHoooo!

Posted by: Teresa at August 1, 2012 02:08 PM

I cannot believe I am seeing this just now, after you've presumably left. I was at a Sicilian restaurant with friends last night and we were just discussing, no more than 12 hours ago, their trip to Rome, how they have the best Gelato ever, and how the water (I think they said *in* the Catacombs) is the greatest, most delicious water on earth. So hopefully you will bring a water bottle and bring some home with you (for me, haha). Seriously, I hope you have a wonderful time... enjoy! And take lots of photos!!!

Posted by: Erica at August 4, 2012 08:38 AM