i am terrible about taking vacation.
there. i said it. i don't take time off. i don't go on trips. i think about going on trips. but i don't often follow through with the actual commitment it takes to go on a vacation.
also? i'm not a travel-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl. i can talk myself out of the most casual weekend getaway by mucking it up with all sorts of plans. travel plans. hotel plans. eating plans. taking time off from work plans.
and? there's always the financial aspect. it's easy to put off trip-taking when you convince yourself that it's not in the budget, right?
so it is almost unbelievable that we put ourselves in the car and drove to atlanta last weekend. but we did! and, thank goodness!!
a beautiful 4 year old was having a birthday party, and it gave us the perfect excuse to travel. we surprised jack when he walked in the door from school on friday, and we told him to pack a bag for the weekend. (which, you know, ended up being THREE bags, but hey, i'm flexible. i mean, i CAN be flexible.)
on the square, under cover, in gainesville (there's not time to visit everyone when you are traveling spontaneously. and i am just fine with that.)
stocked up on some UGA gear, and headed to Stone Mountain.
enjoyed chili cheese fries, stores full of Georgia red & black, subs from the Publix deli, a halloween/birthday party for my niece, Allison, a home made pinata, a drive by of the first house matty and i lived in, breakfast with another Allison, unending rounds of "name that artist" on XM radio, and 14 hours of family time, just the three of us in the car, practicing spontaneity. it did wonders for us all.
scheduled spontaneity. and not a moment too soon.