Before Jax came along, I traveled. A lot. I was lucky to have a job that brought me to places like Las Vegas, Reno, Albuquerque, San Diego, and Chicago where I exhibited and presented at conferences focusing on adult education or workforce development. Spring was usually the busy time. Most years, I had 4 to 6 trips planned between March and June. I loved it! I always made a point to build in time away from the conference to explore the city. I loved finding new foodie restaurants and enjoying the sites and sounds of a new place.
And Steve and I liked traveling together, too. We usually planned two vacations a year where we would catch our favorite band on stage and explore new places. The year before Jax, we went to San Francisco, Mendocino, and Napa Valley. It was hands down my favorite trip because it was a total adventure! We went to the Farmer’s Market on the Wharf in San Fran, saw a Groundation concert, hiked the redwoods in Muir Park, felt the angry ocean in Mendocino, and drank tons of wine in wine country – all in one trip!
Another trip that year brought us to Arizona and Las Vegas. (Just so you know, what happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas – Jax was due 9 months later.)
So, you can imagine how local (read: trapped) I’m feeling these days. It’s been a year and a half since I’ve been on an airplane. Our outings consist of doctors appointments at the clinic and the hospital. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, Jax lets me stop at Trader Joes for some treats.
So, guess what I’m doing this weekend?
Yep – I get to go on vacation!
OK – so, I won’t be getting on an airplane. Or even spending 24 hours away from home. But, I do get to go the cabin with my best friend, her sister, and my sister and sit by a camp fire and drink beer and go out for breakfast in the morning. This will be great! It will give me time to reconnect with my friends and my sister. It will give me time to be away from Jax so I don’t throw him out the window (JUST KIDDING – I would never do that!). It will give Steve time to bond with Jax. It will give us all some much needed change of scenery. I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks!
Jax has his appointment with his new pulmonologist tomorrow afternoon in Minneapolis at 2:15. (I am looking forward to it, actually, because hopefully we will be able to come up with a plan to better manage Jax’s chronic lung disease.)
After that, it’s sayonara responsibilities for the next 18 hours. Pure heaven!