Vacationing the 60 Blog

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People talk about having an inner child.  I don’t.  I have an inner old lady who says inappropriate things, tells everyone to be quiet, and wants to go to bed at 8:00 p.m.

I’m practicing mindfulness today.  Just being in the present moment.  Aware of everything around you.  Sounds, sights.

I haven’t had any music playing today.  I’m on the computer at the dining room table and listening to my fingers on the keyboard.  I’m listening to the sound of the coffee beans being ground in the coffee pot.  I see the mess of “stuff” on the dining room table and I know that I’m supposed to clean this up before Leslie gets home.  Instead, I’ll wrap some of Leslie’s Hanukkah presents today and then clean the table.

We’re going out-of-town after Christmas for two days, so I printed information about the location and what’s going on in the area.  We then return home, celebrate the new year, and get ready for our Mexican Riviera cruise the second week of January.  I don’t feel much stress now, but with two vacations scheduled in twenty days, I’m feeling great!

I found this on the internet today and it’s given me some ideas on how I can spend the next three weeks (

There’s a sad lull once [vacation] tickets have been booked and the hotel reservations have been made. When I’ve planned out my days and activities and the sights I’ll see, an uneasy calm descends over me. After I’ve made a packing list and highlighted my guidebook and downloaded some apps, I feel a bit lost and adrift. In that quiet time when everything that can be done ahead of time HAS been done, I get antsy. I’ve prepped and washed and packed and planned, and now all that’s left to do is sit and wait.  And waiting is THE WORST.

I have, however, found some ways to cope with the excruciating torment of waiting. I continually check my packing list to make sure I have everything. I run through my to-do list in my head. I do things that I know I won’t want to do right after I get back, things like stocking up on non-perishable groceries so I don’t come home to only water and one lonely can of soup. I get my laundry under control so I don’t come home to crazy piles of dirty clothes and nothing clean to wear. I clean my place, because I seriously won’t want to do THAT anytime soon after I get home. Once I’ve prepared for my departure, the only thing left to do is prepare for my return, so it’s as easy as possible. And if all else fails, I start planning all the trips I’ll want to take as soon as I get back.

How do you pass the time before a vacation?





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