urban tree house

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What would you do with 100 million dollars?  I overheard a couple discussing how they would pay bills, buy a house and maybe take a vacation.  Boring, right?  I mean, 100 million dollars?  You could surely come up with a few things more fun than paying your bills.

I would build a tree house in the middle of downtown that reaches higher than any of the skyscrapers.  A pool-slide would wind from my sky-high bedroom down into the lazy river surrounding my tree house.  The lazy river would wind through the city and connect with my favorite brunch spot.

Getting the picture?  I could wake up Sunday morning, jump on the slide, and then lazy down the stream to brunch.  Perhaps sip a mimosa while I float back home.

I was eavesdropping on the 100 million dollar couple while shopping for a get-well card.  Per usual, I got distracted by nicknacks and found myself wanting colorful pinwheels, florescent paints, and other items of questionable importance (but guaranteed fun).  The worst deterrent, however, was all the Christmas decor — It’s not even Halloween, and here I am looking at holiday cards, stocking stuffers, and make-your-own-ornaments.  I was like a kid in candy land: defenseless.

Luckily, I specialize in making things I want for a fraction of the retail cost, and so I took my favorite find of the day, a Christmas calendar, and made it with wooden blocks, spray paint, and stickers.

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If you want to make your own dice, you will need to use the following numbering system:

Die #1: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Die #2: 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8

Now, tell me, what would *you* do with a 100 million dollars?

29 thoughts on “urban tree house

  1. Your countdown looks great!
    A 100 millions dollars… I have to say that I’d be pretty practical with it at first… I’d pay off our mortgage and then buy out the houses around me and give them to my coworkers and friends.. But sheesh 100,000,000 goes a long way.. I don’t even think I’d get to 2 million on that idea alone…

  2. Ooh, I LOVE Christmas! I am like you and get sucked into all the decorations and music! I love your countdown calendar and will totally make one! Thanks!

    As for 100 million dollars…

    MR N and I have talked about this and we would give a huge amount to all Food Banks in America, Canada and England first. There are far too many children who don’t have food and we want to help them first!

    Then we would give 10 million to our family members so they could all retire and volunteer.

    Then we would travel the world and spread the Light throughout the world. 🙂

    After we are done with that, maybe retire on a tiny island (St, Kitts maybe). 🙂

  3. The image of your downtown tree house reminds me of an episode of Phineas and Ferb. You probably need to have kids in order to even consider the possibility of first watching this show. But once you do, you will realize that it’s as much fun for adults as kids 😉

    They always come up with the coolest (and some would say unrealistic) inventions. I love imagination. I constantly try to encourage my son by reinforcing that anything is possible. Funny, I am going to use the same quote on two different blog posts within 10 minutes of each other 🙂 In the words of Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it”.

    Although it’s a cop-out of sorts, instead of answering what I would do with 100 million dollars, I flip a different question on you. What keeps you from taking the first step towards doing whatever you would have done if you did have 100 million dollars? 😉

    Cool idea on the Christmas calendar too, thanks for sharing!

  4. i love the lazy river idea…love. 🙂 and this christmas countdown calendar is amazing!! you are so crafty! hmmm…what would i do with that much money? first all the boring stuff – pay off my bills and student loans, buy an amazing condo in boston as well as an apartment in paris and a house on a deserted island somewhere along with a plane & crew to take me wherever i want to go. then i’d treat myself to the most ridiculous shopping spree ever in the world. i would also buy all of my close friends and family members whatever they wanted! then i’d buy a big plot of land somewhere and fill it up with all sorts of homeless animals who need to be rescued and run a big adoption agency. those are just my beginning ideas. 🙂

    • ummm… can i be around when you win all this money? that sounds like so much fun! i would want my house in rome instead of paris though — perfect for visiting each other, right? oh! and i will work at the rescue shelter for homeless animals (dream job)

  5. Lovely DIY! You could absolutely do anything you wanted with that kind of money. I would relieve the debt of all my loved ones and travel the world. A nice house in a couple places would def be in order and I would certainly donate to charity.

  6. I would take my family and friends on a vacation together. I’ve moved around a lot so to have all of my friends in one spot at the same time would be a dream come true! I would also give my family a bunch of my money because they deserve it. PS. Where did you get these blocks?

    • I agree with you – i’ve lived in over 6 cities, 4 states, and 2 foreign countries, so… having all the people i love together would be amazing. the blocks are from Joann Fabrics – $4 or $2 with a coupon 🙂

  7. Christmas calendars are so much fun! I remember in elementary school, all my teachers would have one, and it was such a fun way to keep track with my classmates!
    If I had 100 million dollars in my pocket, I’d first buy some land maybe in Hawaii or some other beautiful locale, and build myself a huge house for all of my family to live in. Then, I’d take the rest of the money to splurge on some fun stuff like maybe a couple of cool cars, a huge swimming pool, etc. Then for sure I’d take the rest of the money and start a nonprofit. I would want to help people get back on their feet be it if they were a refugee of war or have made some bad choices in their life. It would be my mission to help them!
    Greattttt post. You have my mind thinking this morning! 🙂

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