Tuesday, October 28, 2008

scheduling spontaneity

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.

10 comments:

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

What a great post title, Lelly, and a good half-way point from structure and no structure. Glad you had such a good time.

carlo said...

wahoo for you! good job.

i wondered what this post was all about when i saw the title! :)

Kelly said...

Good times! Way to go! For me the best part about trips is staying in the hotel, so I can see how a trip might not float your boat as much. But I hope this fun translates into more last minute weekends for you!

Ann said...

I'm very new to blogging (3 days) and just getting over this cyber stalker feeling. I found you through Jill, Creativity,Musings &Such. Like you, I am connecting with old friends. (Jill)
Your posts are great...

michelle said...

Scheduled spontaneity! I love it. If I have to be spontaneous, that would be the kind for me...

Jill said...

I like the notion of scheduled spontaneity. I could definitely be better about such outings, but like to stay home too much. It's either a big trip or no trip at all. Lame.

Laurie said...

Speaking of traveling, I've never been to that part of the country but always think I would like to.

Good for you to go! And enjoy it! Traveling is good for the soul. I always thought I'd be a lot more spontaneous, but I guess when you factor in the family and the costs it takes the wind out a bit. However, now that we travel standby it pretty much has to be spontaneous. I love it though. I always love to GO.

Aranne and Dan said...

Very fun and what a great excuse to get out! I love to travel and I love to be spontaneous actually. Glad you had a great time!

Marie said...

Okay, stone mountain is so dang cool. I've never even heard of that, and I was totally impressed.

Way to go on the trip. Good for you. I am all for going and doing, I just don't like the coming home and cleaning it all up again part.

wende said...

beautiful country! i'm so glad you got away, what a great thing for your family to spend time together, and how great for jack to be surprised! i love that! and, i love that he packed three bags and you were flexible about it! grat post lelly!