Shortly after Chris and I got married last year, we started talking about plans to celebrate our first anniversary. We started planning early because we wanted to go somewhere fun to commemorate the occasion because really, you only get one first anniversary.
We brainstormed a lot over the first few months.
Chris suggested San Francisco:
…but I vetoed it because flying that far for just a weekend is too far.
I suggested Vegas:
…but Chris vetoed it because
I have no control over myself when I walk into a casino it’s just too expensive.
We mutually agreed that Chicago would be fantastic. Non stop flights and beautiful weather? Yes, please! But then we both decided that when we go to Chicago, we want to go to Wrigley field (I’ve been, he hasn’t), so we scratched it.
Then, we started talking about possibly going to the panhandle of Florida. It’s a quick and easy flight from Raleigh, the beaches are stunning, the weather is warm, and it’s a good spot to relax.
We shelved our idea until our anniversary date got closer, but then, life got in the way.
When Chris had to have his original surgery at the beginning of August, we talked about scaling our plans back. We knew the expense of the surgery would have an impact on our plans, so we thought of other ideas.
Chris suggested Charleston:
But, I vetoed it because I’ve been.
I suggested Asheville:
But, Chris vetoed it because
it’s too fancy schmancy he’s not interested in the mountains.
Just when we started to get serious about our plans, the middle of August arrived, and Chris had to have his emergency knee surgery, and everything went out the window. On the day of his release, the hospital handed us a big, fat bill that was the equivalent of this pretty thing:
Oh, you think I’m kidding! Hahahahahahahaha. I’m not. After battling it out with the insurance company, we were told they would only pay a whopping $600 of the balance. You read that right. It’s not a typo. Hilarious, right? I laugh because I don’t know what else to do. I might start calling Chris, Rover, though. Since he’s basically a Range Rover sitting on the couch. I’m not going to lie, I’ve always wanted to have a Range Rover, so really, it’s win-win. :)
So, anyway, you can see where this is going. With the Range Rover in the room, we had to reevaluate our plans yet again.
We talked about taking the train to Charlotte (the train! FUN!), but that added up quickly. Then, we talked about staying a night at the Umstead here in town, but luxury is expensive.
Our anniversary is just over a month from now. We’re undecided about what we’re doing, but I know it will be low-key. We really wanted to do something exciting for this first one, but we just need to get over it and accept that it is what it is. There will be more (we won’t get the first one back, but that’s okay) anniversaries to celebrate, and truthfully, as long as we’re together, that’s really all that matters.
What would you do if you were us? Any suggestions for a celebration on a mega budget?