My vacation dictator just got me a free vacation.
I'm in the midst of organizing the social aspect of a conference in My Fair City and had posted on FB that I was looking forward to booking a vacation down south following the conference. My brother immediately posted that I shouldn't be spending money in another country and that I should be spending it here and going to MFC's cultural sites.
I wrote back that the part of the conference I was organizing was trips to most of the cultural sites and that I just wanted beach, books and booze and to wind down after spending the last few months organizing this!
My Mom saw the back and forth, called me up and said that she completely agreed with me. She is getting on in years and may not be able to travel far much longer, so she's "hired" me to be her companion. She'll pay for the trip (no single supplement, so separate rooms - we've both been to this resort before so we're very familiar with it) as long as I help her through the airports, have lunches and dinners with her on occassion. She's still fairly self-sufficient and our friend at the resort will ensure that I get breaks if I get overwhelmed.
Thanks, Bro! I owe you one!