Update: the giveaway is over, the winner is Michelle B.
Well, friends, it’s that time of year again. And what a crazy year it has been! Justin Bieber got married, enough said. We are wrapping things up here at Miles For Family “empire”, at least for 2018.
Posting will be light over the next few weeks, while Nancy and I spend time with our respective families. I suggest you do the same if circumstances allow it. Less miles/points and more reading annoying children books, at least that’s my goal. Throw in endless “Uncle Grandpa” cartoon episodes, and this mommy will go cuckoo for cocoa puffs soon, guaranteed.
I’m pretty sure my four (yes, four!) cats are currently on a mission to push me in that direction. Just look at the area around my porch, photo taken this morning:
I think the rascals were trying to get to the bag of cat food inside. “The Shawshank Redemption” in reverse? This is my everyday life. Not trips to Bora Bora or fancy stays in Park Hyatt Sydney. And I’m more than OK with that.
If you came here looking for a controversial end-of-year rant from yours truly, sorry to disappoint you. Haters gonna hate, but I’m not playing that game. Plus, I don’t really have much to rant about. All in all, it’s been a pretty darn good year. Obviously, I’ve had problems and failures like everyone else, but I also have much to be thankful for.
I’ve fulfilled my dream of visiting South Pacific and lived to tell the tale. More importantly, my kids are relatively happy and healthy. Well, the other day, my 8-year-old son angrily told me I should go back to Russia. Dude, I’m not even from Russia! I should work on his attitude, though judging by the way I’ve turned out, there isn’t a lot of hope, I’m afraid.
I know for some of you 2018 was a difficult year, and I’m not referring to miles and points angle. Maybe you have gone through a painful divorce or experienced a loss of a loved one. If so, my heart goes out to you. I hope 2019 will mark a new beginning. If you are depressed and can’t see a way out, please reach out to someone.
Of course, Nancy and I want to thank our loyal readers. We appreciate you sticking with us so far. We know there are many (so many!) other blogs you can support instead. Your comments, emails and yes, your credit card applications is what keeps this site going. Lack of support=no blog, simple as that.
We pour many hours into this “beast” hoping to educate, inspire and just make people laugh. Mission accomplished? Blogging is a bit like stand-up comedy. Except, you rarely hear the laughter but you definitely hear the hecklers. It is what it is.
But most of all, I want to thank Nancy for being Nancy. My good friend and a partner in crime.
As always, it’s never my intention to offend anyone or manufacture problems out of thin air. I try to be as impartial as possible and help readers decide whether it’s worth it to pursue a certain credit card, hotel redemption and so on. Your time is valuable, which is why I don’t mince words when it comes to my personal opinions. But at the end of the day, they are just that: opinions.
On to gift card giveaway rules. Please, leave one comment by 5 PM Eastern, December 20th. Tell us about your favorite redemption or travel memory of 2018. Make sure to sign in with your email, so I know how to contact you. Don’t worry, it won’t be visible to other commenters. The winner will get a $50 Southwest gift card. I will select this person randomly, without any bias. I promise!
In the meantime, don’t forget to follow our Facebook page where we regularly share miles and points updates. See you in 2019 (I hope).