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.


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

  2. So glad you enjoyed your alone vacation!

  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.

  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.

  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!

  6. wonderful! We all need that time.


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