Are you a workaholic who doesn’t know when to quit? Finding it difficult to relax? Do visions of sandy beaches or night time camp fires invade your thoughts throughout your day? You may be in need of a vacation. Here are some signs:
- Your daily coffee cup consumption exceeds your weight in pounds.
- During meals you pour sugar on your plate and make believe you are running your fingers through white beach sand.
- You find a broken fingernail in the sugar and believe it is a shark’s tooth.
- You determine whether to make a clothing purchase on whether it will pack well in a suitcase.
- You buy shampoo and deodorant only in travel size.
- You spend all your free time making lists of what to pack for vacation.
- You keep a suitcase packed at all times for a quick getaway.
- You keep a marijuana plant in the bathroom and make believe it is a palm tree.
- You get heart palpitations at the smell of coconut.
- You think all umbrellas would look better on the beach.
- You play a sound machine of crickets at night while sleeping in a sleeping bag on your bed.
- You search the Internet for campfire chili recipes.
- You put on your sunglasses, turn on your Happy Light while running bath water and make believe you’re at the ocean.
- You start having road rage symptoms before you start your car of a morning.
- You use hand signals as a second language while driving.
- The words “good morning” make you chew an antacid.
- All beverages begin looking better in a martini glass.
- You sing campfire songs while roasting marshmallows over the gas stove burner flame.
- You spend months working on the perfect grocery list foods to take to the cabin.
- Your vehicle is always fully loaded for a week away.
- Pigeons begin looking like seagulls.
- You dream of being on the Titanic and are just grateful it’s a cruise with great food.
- You pretend your significant other is a cabana boy and slip a $2 tip down his/her shorts.
Life is short. Take care of you.
Now, stop dreaming and go on vacation!
It’s a new season, time for some changes. Isn’t change a wonderful thing? We can choose to change or not to change. Or maybe I should be saying having a “choice” is the wonderful thing. There are some things in life I love changing and experimenting with. But there are others I don’t want to see change at all and do not welcome any sort of circumstance that tries to change them. For instance, as much as I love technology and typing this on a computer, I still love writing with a pen in my personal planner. Don’t make me try to stop doing that; it makes me a nervous wreck. It might also be the obsessive compulsive in me but I can’t rely on just one of them, I need both paper and technology to keep me going in the right direction.
Almost every season, and sometimes every month, I make a To-Do List. It’s sort of a bucket list, just in a shorter time span. I make these lists in both my iPhone and in my personal planner so I will always have access to them. Here’s what I have on my list for autumn:
- Keep making lists.
- Write down my weird dreams in a Dream Journal.
- Attend a weenie roast.
- Visit a new produce market and buy an apple I’ve never tried before.
- Drive on the gravel roads of my old stomping grounds when the autumn leaves are in full color.
- Go to the lake on a sunny, warm autumn day to write poetry like I did in my teen years.
- Try out a restaurant I’ve never eaten in alone, just to prove I can.
- Go to one movie matinee and see a great movie on the big screen. It’s been several years since I’ve done this.
- Clean out my garage. God help me. Please.
- Write, write, and write.
- Read, read, and read.
- Work on my fiction to make my characters more interesting; more quirky.
- Lose 20 pounds. (I think I can, I think I can)
- Eat one piece of something pumpkin.
- Visit someone special to me. I am so guilty of not visiting because I always feel awkward and uncomfortable in someone else’s home.
- Have a Golden Girls marathon for an entire weekend.
- Make and keep an eye doctor appointment. It’s overdue.
- Spend as much time as I can with Maggie outside while the weather is so nice.
- Go out with friends at least once. I know I’m a loner, but I also love my friends. It’s a hard balance for me.
- Find a covered bridge in my county and take pictures. This has been on my list nearly every year and I still haven’t done it.
- Call my brother. I have no idea why I haven’t.
- Find a dark chocolate that I like. Oddly enough, I have read it can do good things for blood sugar.
- Read one book by an author I’ve never read before.
- Read one book of nonfiction.
- Write more on my blog.
- Take flowers to my family’s graves. Flowers for autumn or Christmas are always nice and I haven’t done this in a long time. Difficult memories, I hate cemeteries, but I need to do this.
- Teach Maggie to sit. This will probably be my most difficult challenge.
- Stop being so hard on myself when I mess up.
- Forgive everybody everything.
- Stay away from people who deliberately hurt me.
- Vote for Hillary.
OK, I’ve shared mine, now you can share yours. Do you have a seasonal To-Do List?
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