I am confident this won't be like the drought of 2007 to 2011. But, I won't be going to Vegas this year. I had hopes for an early October trip. But...my husband is going balls to the wall with reno's on the house and even with him doing all the work and being a good bargain hunter...it's still costing money. I thought I could still sneak in a solo trip as long as I did it mega low roller Sco-Dewey style. But...yeah....no. Vegas is my unit of financial measurement. And I hate thinking about how much the work on the house is costing so I asked my husband to never tell me how much he's spent on the house. So, I asked my husband "how many Vegas-es have you spent on the house this year?" He said 2.5. I thought...OK. I'm still good. I can do this. I'll ask my Vegas Nerd Insane Low Roller Ninja Masters for help. Then, I started thinking about the standard financial lies my husband and I tell each other, including the formula I use to fund a trip to Vegas. That would put the renovation costs at 4 Vegas-es so far and there's still work to do. I went back to my husband and asked him if it was closer to 4 and he said yes and smiled. So, 2 things, A; he's on to me. And B; no Vegas for me this year. Don't mourn for me. I'll live through you until the spring.