Saturday, April 03, 2010

what I learned on my spring vacation

Today is the last real day of spring vacation. Tomorrow we have to drive home (300 miles or so), pick up the dog, go grocery shopping and get ready for the week.

It's been a really great week. Very relaxed. We haven't done a whole lot of anything, by standard measures. We've had some great meals, watched some fun movies together, walked on the beach, napped, read, hung out, laughed a lot.

Even a week of very little activity can yield insights. A few from this week:

1) time spent with friends is precious -- we really need to carve out more time for this in our day to day lives

2) time spent with my sweetie is precious -- I really really need to find ways to make more time

3) time spent with my son is growing short. He really is on the brink of being a grown up. we've taken these group trips for granted in a way. Next year, we are skipping the beach so we can take a family trip to Rome. The year after that, I think we will be busy doing things for college. Time has flown, it really really has. It only occurred to me late in the week that this might really be his last trip with us this way.

4) never ever agree to check in with work every day. It wasn't worth it. My stress level rose every morning when I had to read and respond to my work email.

5) naps are a good thing. We all need more naps.

6) my problems are small. The ocean is big. [this will be the first chapter in my self-help book, should I write one]

7) I can't drink nearly as much beer as I used to

8) don't skip your vegetables

9) pay more attention to smells, and sounds. There is an infinite world for the senses.

10) good seafood sure makes you feel better

11) Laugh more

12) really good friends are people you can be loud with. And completely quiet with.

That's it for now. I'm going to have another cup of tea, and then walk on the beach.

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