I wonder who's the lucky woman?
Ok, I admit it, I used an engagement ticker for my vacation. Did you know how extrememly limited the world of tickers are? Veeeeeeeery limited. Oh well. It did its job. Plimco, did you catch the spot counting?
Oh my god, peeps! I am so excited! I am in such a good mood! I am completely overusing the exclamation point!!!!!!!
Seriously. I was all depressed and tired and blah yesterday. But today... today I feel great. I woke up in a better mood that I have in a looooooooong time. It may be that I got to sleep most of the night. But I think it's that I'm GOING ON VACATION. I feel so rested and happy, as if I have been on vacation. Maybe I went on vacation in my dreams last night? A little pre-vacation vacation. Maybe it's true that a great deal of the pleasure of things comes from the planning and anticipation of them. Whatever it is, it's marvelous. I am planning on only working a half day and then going home to sleep, but I'm so keyed up I may not be able to sleep.
Kristin and I haven't been on vacation in two years. Not since we set out to fly to Ecuador and ended up on a road trip in California. That was just after the tragic, untimely death of Eddie. The trip was good, but not as good as it could have been, what with not being in Ecuador and having just lost Eddie. Last summer we went to the Oregon coast, too. But we both resolutely do not consider that a vacation. Since we were going there for Kristin's Dad's funeral. And it was just a few days after Kristin was placed on modified bed-rest for extremely high blood pressure and told that if she didn't get her blood pressure down the baby would be very premature. Oh yeah, and I was unemployed and not having a good job search. It was great times. We haven't even been camping in two years. So you can see that this trip is WAY overdue.
Well, I've got a butt-load of things to do. I have to clean my desk, schedule some testimony, straighten out a dental-insurance snafu, write up a to-do list for the house-and-dog-sitters, finish the laundry, clean our entire house, change the sheets on the guest bed, load up the ipod with music for the trip, call Sacha and M to give them details (they're going to meet us for a few days) do several little, gimpy* happy dances, and sleep up for the 12 hour overnight drive.
In my absence, I've turned An Accident of Hope into a collaborative blog project. Lauri, Plimco, Estelle, and Liza have all agreed to post here on occasion. I'm sure they'll take good care of you. And, no promises because who knows what cell-phone reception will be like, but I may make a few audio posts.