We are getting ready to go on vacation this week…Kauai! Well, we don’t actually leave until Saturday, but it’s going to take me all week to prepare. I wish going on vacation wasn’t so stressful…this week is already giving me headaches, never mind the stress I felt when I actually planned this vacation. The pressure to get the destination, accommodations, and the price all “right” was almost too much for me to handle. I lost count of the number of times I had airline tickets or a room reservation just about booked, and I couldn’t bring myself to click “Buy these tickets,” or “Reserve these dates,” for fear that I was choosing poorly (a la Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: “He chose…poorly.”). I was terrified that the destination wouldn’t be what we wanted, or the room would be sub-par, or that a better price for plane tickets would pop up the very next day.
But I eventually took a leap and did click “Buy”, and we’re finally going on vacation! It’s almost upon us, and this week, in preparation, our (mostly my) plans include:
- Carpet cleaner comes
- Meat delivery & distribution (our house is the drop site for the neighborhood)
- Playdate #1
- Cleaning house
- Turning milk into yogurt so it doesn’t spoil while we’re away
- Playdate #2
- Cleaning out fridge
- Pet drop-off
- Check our movies for airplane trip
And those to-dos need to be worked in around our regular activies of:
- School (Elia)
- Tae kwon do (JJ)
- Swimming (both)
- Kettle bell, kickboxing & centergy classes (me)
- Story time/ library day
- Making meals
- Writing/ my other “extracurricular” work
- General house care
I guess I bring some of this stress on myself, though, because housework comprises a lot of the list, and really it doesn’t have to be clean before we go. I just prefer to come home from vacation and not have a mountain of work to do. There’s usually enough laundry and unpacking to keep me plenty busy.
So, wish me luck this week. I may need a few of these to get me through the next five days…that’s a a cookie. In a skillet. Oh yeah.