However, there are a few things we have scheduled, and a few things that I am still hoping to schedule. We have been saving up credit card rewards for ages and have quite a few accrued, and I'm thinking this year is the time to use them.
- I'm going to DC in March for work and for my sister. Torsten will be accompanying me for a few days but not for the whole time. My company is paying for my plane ticket and we're using credit card rewards to pay for Torsten's ticket. I will likely go to DC for work again in the fall, but we'll see.
- I want to go to San Francisco to visit my best friend sometime this spring. I think we have enough credit card miles to make this happen too. I hope.
- My French host sister is getting married in May and I am absolutely dying to go to the wedding. I haven't been to France to visit my host family and friends there for three years, and I miss them. Different members of my host family have been to the US to visit us on two different occasions since my last visit. One occasion was our wedding. I really, really, really want to go to this, be there for her, and see everyone I love and miss over there. I know I could stay with friends for free, and we have this bonus on one of our credit cards where we can use a few hundred dollars' worth of points to get a round trip ticket to Europe worth up to $800, so I could do it for minimal expense. But of course with no money we are using our credit card rewards for everything right now, and they only go so far. And Torsten wouldn't be able to come because we don't have enough rewards for two tickets, and he wouldn't be able to take the time away from his new company anyway. So it would just be me, which is disappointing, especially since he still hasn't been to France with me and seen where I used to live and met all my friends. But I still really want to do it. It would be worth using a couple vacation days at work. Still, is it ridiculous to fly nine to ten hours each way to spend what amounts to a long weekend in France?
- Depending on timing and how everything works out, I may or may not be fairly far along in a pregnancy by the time the holidays roll around, which means I would probably not want to fly, which means I may or may not get to spend the holidays with my family. As a result, we want to make sure to visit my parents this summer. The nice thing about working remotely is that I can just work from their house instead of ours, and I won't have to use vacation time for this. I think we have just enough credit card miles to cover this trip as well. That would be it, though, after that. Which is fine, really. Hopefully by the time all our credit card rewards are used up, Torsten will have a couple clients and we will have two incomes again.
- Torsten's parents are planning to come visit in July. They haven't booked their trip yet, but I believe they're planning to stay for three weeks. In the past when they've visited, it's gone better than expected, but this will be their longest trip yet, as well as the first time they've actually stayed with us. So, we'll see how that goes. In the meantime, I seriously need to get back on that Rosetta Stone thing.
- I'm assuming my parents will come out to visit us at least a couple times this year, but nothing definite has been planned yet.