Best Three Things to Do if I Win the Lottery

Stacks of money

Stacks of money (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Admit it.  We all dream about it.  Winning the lottery!  Having our numbers come up.  I know the odds are like 1 in 300 million (depending on the size of the lotto prize) that you could win but there is always a little part of your brain that thinks…what if…That part of my brain that keeps pushing the ‘what if’ to the forefront and my brain already has the majority plans for that money figured out and today was one of those days when ‘WHAT IF’ was pushing hard in my brain.

My day just started bad.  Managers yelling, coffee spilling all over my desk, a colleague having the loudest conversation possible about her son’s sex life. It was a bad day all around.  That is what prompted me to think of the posting for this blog.

1.  Quit my job (and give no notice)

2.  Treat my family

3.  Travel the world

Yes the first thing would be to quit my job.  Some people might find that funny that I put that first but its one of the things that would give me a great deal of satisfaction.  For me, this would be easy.  I just wouldn’t show up.  No explanation.  I wouldn’t take their calls.  Nothing.  I know that seems petty and mean but at that point I wouldn’t care (maybe a little bit and I would let the people I liked know but only them).

Treat my family.  That would be an amazing thing to be able to provide my family with anything their hearts desired and to hopefully make them happy.  I know what some people will say, having money might not make them happy but it could.  Giving them the freedom to never have to worry about bills or mortgages or whatever else they’ve had to worry about when it comes to money.  That is what would bring me the most amount of job.  Taking that worry away.

The last thing is also pretty straight forward for me if I won the lottery.  I would love to travel the world.  Have no set agenda or timetable.  To simply take my time, see as much as I can, enjoy the world and all it has to offer.  Paris, London, St. Petersburg, Hong Kong, Toyko, Sydney…so many places to name (and I would try and see them all).

Its nice to dream – ‘What If’

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Best Three Museums in the World

For this post,  I wanted to focus on a place that I love to be, where I can spend hours of my time, where I never get bored and where some of the most people things ever created are housed.  Of course (as you can see from my post title) is a museum.  To me, a museum is an amazing place…and I envy all those that work in one.  To me, that would be a dream job (I know, I know that sounds “nerdy” but I don’t care! I just love museums).

So, here are the Best 3 Museums in the world:

1. The State Hermitatge Museum in St. Petersburg

2. The British Museum in London

3.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York

Here are my honorable mentions: The Egyptian Museum (this was hard to leave out of the top 3) in Cairo; The Prado Museum in Madrid; The Louvre in Paris; Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna; Vatican Museums in Vatican City; National Archaeological Museum in Athens; and The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

To me, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia needs to be number 1.  It truly is the best museum and one of the oldest in the world.  It was originally founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and opened to the public in 1852.  The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts from around the world including paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numerous other items.  It is estimated that the musuem has over 3 million items and only a small fraction of that are on display.  The museum occupies 6 buildings inlcuding the Winter Palace, the former palace of the Tsars of Russia.  It is simply breathtaking.  I encourage you to visit (and if you cannot make it there, visit the musuem’s website and it will take you on a virtual tour and will allow you to search the collections).

For my second pick of best 3 museums, it had to be the British Musuem in London.  This is a spectacular museum that has one amazing collection.  You can get lost in this place and you wouldn’t even mind.

For best pick #3, that was a hard one but The Metropolitant Museum of Art (The Met) had to be on the list.  Like the museums above, it has a collection that is simply amazing and it (like the others) is a place where you can lose yourself (in a good way).