|This was a couple years ago at Pine Point, but my love affair with the rapids is far from over.|
Hello again, Dear Readers.
I’m back from my vacation. As usual, it went by waaay too fast (and having some weird stomach flu for the first three days certainly didn’t help), but it was still a wonderful break.
Originally, I’d planned to work on my book and run every morning, but my sickness derailed that, and in a way, I’m glad it did. I recently read an article in Cooking Light Magazine (couldn’t find the link, sorry) that advised that the best way to make the most of your vacation–especially a stay-cation–is to do away with the to-do list.
Part of the trouble with having lofty goals is that I always have a big, long list of stuff to do. Which means I’m inevitably neglecting at least one thing on the list (this year, unfortunately, it’s been my writing). While some time away from the day job might have been a chance to catch up on all those neglected things, using my vacation as “catch up” time would have meant returning to work just as exhausted and worn out as before. And that’s not good.
So, instead, I enjoyed my first shopping trip in years with an old friend. (And yes, I stuck to my budget.) I had lunch with two paleontologists as we planned our fossil-hunting trip in the fall. I sparred with a world-champion. (Said sparring sucked, but it was still fun!) I spent leisurely hours at a farmer’s market with my beloved, and came away with indigo-colored beans, sour cherries, dried black currants (so yummy!), fresh saskatoons, homemade dill pickles, and other treasures. (Overheard at the farmer’s market: “It’s the food your grandma made, at high-end prices.” So true!) Spent another day at the scenic Pine Point rapids, wading into cool, clean water and soaking in the sun. Ahh. All in all, nearly a perfect vacation.
Are you taking some time off this summer? What are your plans?
And if you’re one of those people who never takes time off, for shame! Everyone needs a break. Consider taking one…you won’t regret it.