At the beginning of any extended vacation time from work, there is a spring in my step, an unrealistic to-do list of Pinterest projects to try, and a feeling that the world is at my feet because time is on my side. I can easily organize the responsibilities of laundry, cooking, and cleaning with a lighthearted attitude. I am so sorry for those that have not been able to feel that luxury of ‘time’ every once in a while because the opportunity to refresh is so important for one’s health.
This weekend, my husband surprised me with a road-trip for my birthday and our anniversary. Our definition of road-trip is: get in the car and drive to some undetermined destination.
We spent two days driving to small towns, roaming around, talking, and laughing. Letting go is good and we both know that we have got to take these mini-vacations more often. We have decided however, that Siri will always travel with us in case we need assistance with gas station locations, hotel choices, and restaurant recommendations (that is a whole other story and one that we will laugh about together for years to come).
Bryan Adams, REO Speedwagon, Journey, Foreigner, Chicago, Phil Collins…..and I could go on and on! When cleaning house, doing laundry, and washing dishes seem overwhelming to me (because I have let things go too long), I can put my 80’s music on Pandora and move to the groove. It is amazing what I can conquer when I am listening to that stuff, and with my headphones in, I have perfect pitch!
I have been wanting to do a shiplap project in my house and after a lot of whining, begging, and singing 80’s music aloud, my husband finally gave in! Sometimes you just have to be the visionary and sacrifice your dignity to get things done.
We did compromise and started with a small space. This is a hallway just outside our master bedroom.
It was so dark before and it didn’t have any personality at all….Now even though it is a very small space, it makes a statement. It makes me happy every time I walk by it (or dance by it, if Phil Collins is singing to me.)
Day Two of Spring Break for Teachers: Rest, while watching mindless romance movies on Lifetime Television.
Day Three of Spring Break for Teachers: Dust off the list that was made, during the last bad weather day, of projects to complete during Spring Break.
Day Four of Spring Break for Teachers: Time to start deep cleaning so that you can attend to the list that was made, during the last bad weather day……
Day Five of Spring Break for Teachers: Time to PANIC, because the week has gone by (where did the time go) and all you can do is check off the first two items on the list that was made, during the last bad weather day!