I need an intervention from someone rational. Someone to tell me that financially we’re in a recession and I have a mortgage payment and tuition and furniture bills; during this time, please remind me that I do not have extra time and my time-management skills are definitely lacking if I think I can fit in more to my chaotic schedule. Most of all, someone needs to tell me that this is most definitely NOT the best time to start planning possible trips for the spring, despite the (relatively) cheap airfare and the persuasive travel buddy in Baby Cakes.

I need a better argument than, “Molly, you cannot afford it.” Something that will actually convince me.