A few weeks ago I told you how I’d been a little cranky and whiny. The Winter blues: when the cold and gross weather just starts to inject itself into your brain. I normally get it to some degree, but this year it seemed to be just a little bit worse, but I didn’t know why. And then, I figured it out.
I usually begin planning my summer vacation in January. My family comes up with choices, I do some research and then I come up with the destination. I spend all winter planning the summer vacation. It’s a great mood booster.
This year, the normal plan is altered, as I have not really begun planning the summer trip. This year, our sojourn will be spent visiting colleges. The problem is, my daughter still doesn’t know what schools she wants to visit. Can’t plan a trip if you don’t know where you are going. We also can’t really lock down dates, as she has applied for a bunch of internships and we will not know till March or April if she gets anything. So we’re in vacation limbo.
I’m a planner. I hate the unknown. It’s making me uneasy to say the least. She’s come up with some cities- Atlanta, St. Louis, Cleveland and Greenville so far. I’m drawing out some routes, figuring out the best way to connect the dots and find some culture/attractions along the way, while keeping my nose to the mail to see which colleges she has actually requested more info from. She hasn’t met with her college counselor yet, she’s waiting to take the SAT and see her score, so more schools could be added after that. At this point I’m hoping they will be along the route. Of course, everything east of the Mississippi is potentially part of our route.
There is a bit of upside potential though. My bucket list is to visit all 50 states. As luck would have it, I’ve never been to Missouri or Ohio or Georgia (driving through doesn’t count). This checks 3 states off the list, and if I plan the route right, I can visit Mississippi. So I am focusing my energy on collecting at least three more shot glasses for the collection. I am getting excited about checking things off my list. I finally have something to look forward to.
Slowly, I hope to pull out of the malaise that has hindered the beginning of 2018. The sun happens to be shining through my window right now, so today is at least off to a good start. And maybe I’ll see what delights await me on my proposed vacation route. I’ve always wanted to see The Arch…..and The Varsity….and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…and…