Wednesday, October 21, 2015

If you've never stared off into the distance then your life is a shame




Normally I'm NOT the person who is going to judge others on how they spend their time. But...two things:

  1. The title of this post is a lyric to the song "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" by Counting Crows. Love the song, love the album (This Desert Life).




  2. I know there are people out there who just can't sit still and have to always be moving. I don't understand those people. And I feel sorry for them.

Last week I went to Myrtle Beach for a solo vacation. My parents had a timeshare there and I took it over after they died. Aaron wasn't able to go with me due to a trade show in Dallas so I ended up going by myself.

I drove and was a little nervous about that, only because I tend to get sleepy when I drive longer than, say, 20 minutes. Columbus to Myrtle Beach is 9 1/2 hours if you don't stop but of course you stop because... 9 1/2 hours. On the way down I split up the trip and spent the night in a hotel, but coming home I did it all in one day. Those last two hours were torture, but other than that what totally saved me were audiobooks. They kept me sane and awake.

I arrived Sunday afternoon and stayed until Saturday morning. The weather couldn't have been better - sunny and 70s every. single. day.

I slept in, I watched cheesy Lifetime movies, including the one about Aaliyah which was super disappointing because I later found out that her family wasn't on board and didn't allow Lifetime to use any of her music. I went shopping. I ate dinner several nights with friends of my parents who were also there. I read. On the beach. I sat on my balcony and "stared off into the distance."

Two of my purchases. I also got another ring, earrings,
a pair of boots and two dresses/tunics.
I don't have a shopping problem. Really.

I desperately needed this. Work has been insane and I have a lot of personal shit going on as well. And while those things don't just go away, a change of scenery and some serious "me" time allows a new perspective. I highly recommend it.


The last morning I got up before sunrise and walked on the beach.







6 comments:

  1. YES. So happy to see the title of this post. And so glad you took this trip and it was restorative for you.

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  2. So glad you enjoyed your alone vacation!

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  3. I'm so glad you got to enjoy your alone vacation. I agree--sometimes staring off into nothing is more restorative than anything else.

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  4. Good for you. You have to treat yourself sometimes and solo time can be good for the soul. Looks like your surroundings were BEAUTIFUL.

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  5. I am SO JEALOUS! I was just telling my husband that I wanted a weekend away from him and the kids to read and watch Netflix and order in, in some cabin in the snow or a cottage on the beach. I'm so glad you went and had a great time!

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