If you’re an avid reader of this blog, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve not posted anything in well over a month… maybe closing in on two months. I didn’t check and it doesn’t matter, because it’s been a while. It was becoming increasingly apparent that I needed to be on my vacation ASAP.
I get it, everyone’s lives are operating on high. We’re all “busy”, so all of my busy is different from other people’s busy and we’re all busy together, but separately. All my busy was building up exponentially and I was feeling the breaking down, plus all the stress eating and drinking. So, step away from the fridge and the bottles Sarah, because YOU honey-pie need to just get away from it all!
In brief, Mr. Muse and I headed to Alaska via Seattle, WA, for over two weeks. We took the Amtrak’s Empire Builder from here to Seattle, because – nothing like forced relaxation on a train for two days before your actual vacation! No, really. It was a very good idea to having nothing more to do than to look out the windows of the train for two days, eat, sleep, and maybe read a little.
Once we arrived in Seattle we did all-the-things, well, as much as we could do in the three two and half days we had before boarding the ms Westerdam to Alaska. It was then onto the ship for a week, where again, we relaxed (we bought the Hydro Pool Spa Package – we REALLY relaxed), enjoyed experiencing new places and adventures, ate some food, drank some wine (though in reasonable quantities for a change), and basically looked out the windows of the ship at the passing scenery. It was then back to Seattle where our friends departed via plane, and Mr. Muse and I stayed on for three more days, doing more of all-the-things before getting on the Empire Builder and heading back to Wisconsin. Two more days of forced relaxation was a great thing. Of course, if you’ve ever gone on vacation, you’re aware that you’re usually worn out from doing all-the-things.
But really, it was good. The house was still standing, the animals were all still alive (thanks to dad and pet sitter coming to give cat fluids). Sure, the house needed cleaning, the yard needed mowing, and the garden needed to be attended to, but I knew that’d be the case before we left. And still I was relaxed.
I took things easy. I cleaned the house. The post-vacation pile of laundry was tackled. The lawn got mowed. The garden was tended.
Bonus – my clothes fit better. Seriously. I didn’t GAIN weight on a cruise. HA!
But, what you really want to know is… my writing. Well,
I’ll write more about the vacation later!
Nothing beats taking a break and just leaving it all behind. Plus someday when you have decided to leave the workforce you can have as much time as you allocate for the writing, for now, “smell the roses” girl. Happy Friday 🙂 T.
Welcome back! Love your blog.
The animations are amazing!
And I’m so glad you had a great vacation!
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Yes, you absolutely deserve a break.
I have a week’s long vacation upcoming . . . I leave a week from tomorrow. I need it — there is a very real part of me that feels that I *NEED* to be plugged in wherever I happen to be. And I don’t like the way it makes me act.
LOST weight on a cruise? What kind of black magic is this?!
And yeah, responsible drinking . . . I need to remember how to go about the same. There is something in my brain that says “I don’t need to drive tonight,” and I lose all restraint with my drinking. I’m glad you’ve been able to find the happy middle ground.
Hooray for taking a break! I sincerely hope that you enjoy your week of vacation, unplug and refresh.
LOL Losing weight isn’t too hard when you can’t eat “all the things” due to not knowing what is safe from gluten other than what you get to preselect from the dining room menus. Plus, taking the stairs on the ship as well as taking excursions where you’re active.
And, the drinking is a constant work in progress – I have the same issue you mentioned. I’m not going anywhere, so why not?