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28 – Travel

I need to start off with the fact that my Peanut is sick, so I didn’t even THINK about PCO yesterday (well, after I wrote about it).  Cough and low fever.  He’s been quite miserable with the cough (his sides hurt from too much coughing), but his temperment has been wonderful.  Go Peanut!  Feel better, damn it!  We’re supposed to party on Saturday!

Ok, back to my stupid journal topic.  I say stupid, because, let’s face it, I ain’t traveling any time soon. 

As always, my DREAM is to go to Ireland.  NEED. TO. GO.  Someday *sigh*

Jake would like to go to:  North Carolina, any place with a WWII museum, the Baseball Hall of Fame, every baseball stadium in the good ole US of A, California, Pearl Harbor, aaaaand now I’m drawing a blank.

I have to say, I’m not opposed to any of those trips (except maybe the baseball stadiums).  I’ve seen a lot of WWII museums in my work travels (one guy I used to always travel with was way into WWII, so we went to all the WWII museums within driving distance of our install.  I should add “driving distance” to him was any place he could make it to within 4 hours.  We once drove from Mayport, FL to somewhere past Savannah, GA for a museum.  It was a cool museum, but my butt was sore after a while).

I do love to travel, but can’t/don’t for work anymore.  More of a choice, but how do I leave a 12 year old home alone while I fly to California for a week?  The answer?  YOU DON’T!  I choose to be a parent and put my family’s needs first.  So, I don’t travel anymore (which means I go from the uber cool job of working on gas turbine engines to the uber NOT cool job of contract negotiations.  yay me :-/).

All my travels will now have to be family trips, which, I kinda like better than work travel.  ONE of these days, I’d like to have enough vacation time to take him on a road trip to wherever we think we can go in X amount of days.

Remind me to tell you of my cross-country trip with my sister.  THAT was an “adven-cha” 😉

Playing Catch-Up

Preparations for Hurricane Irene kinda derailed my posting mojo, so I’m just going to do ONE MASSIVE POST to catch everything up (cuz I’m lazy like dat)

So, here we go…

30 Days of Lists

Day 25:  Things I’d Rather Be Doing Right Now

Ooh, good one!  Believe it or not, I’d rather be home cleaning/organizing (because the place is a friggin wreck!).  I’ve got random lawn crap in my shed that needs to come back out, not to mention windows to un-tape and furniture to put back into place.  Oh and wet basement carpets and crap to deal with.  Yay me!  On second thought, I think I’d rather nap.

Day 26:  Books I’d Like To Read This Year

Wow, that could be SOME list.  I like to read!  I have Sarah’s Key that I borrowed from a friend; a buttload of paranormal/scifi crap to read; whatever Jake has to read for school (I like to be able to discuss it with him); the new S.E. Hinton book I bought (Hawkes Harbor) and then I shall raid my friends’ Goodreads accounts for more books to read.  Books are my crack.  🙂

Day 27:  Lessons Learned

Well, I learned that no matter how much I prep, Hurricane Irene will still win the water battle…however, it wasn’t an onslaught, so maybe I did win that one?  I’ve learned that no matter how much I needle, cajole, yell at and threaten my child, he will STILL not clean his room/basement nor read his books for school (WHERE did this child come from?!  He can’t belong to the OCD Book Monster!)  I’ve learned that no matter how mad I am at said Lazy Book/Messer, he can flash me his cheesy-ass-brace-face smile and I’ll laugh.  Damn it.  And have DEFINITELY learned that I have the best family, friends and neighbors around.  Bar none.

Day 28:  Holidays To Take

Obviously this list is from across the pond somewhere.  Holidays=Vacation.  I haven’t been on one since last year (the 4 weeks I had off for Jake’s surgeries DO NOT COUNT).  I’d like to go to Ireland and live there forever.  I’d LOVE to rent an RV and just drive…pick a direction and go that way…someday…I have friends I’d like to visit in Canada, Germany, England and right here in the US.  I’d like to see San Fran and I know the boy would like to see San Diego (I *heart* SD).  Eh, we’ll see what happens…

Day 29:  Favorite Foods

Go ahead and laugh, but my favorite food is RICE.  Seriously.  I could be happy with a big ole bowl of rice.  Fried rice; white rice, brown rice; long grain, I like it.  It’s my carb of choice.  (I once did a 30 day drawing challenge that had me draw my favorite food.  I drew a strawberry because a bowl of rice was nearly impossible to draw!) I’m not a big meat eater (I do eat it, so I can’t call myself a Veggie Monster), so I can’t say I love a good filet or breast of whatever.  Rice makes my tummy happy.  🙂

Ok, caught up with the “lists” now to catch up on the normal daily shit.

25 – Good Deeds

Um, well, I received some info on new/natural cancer drugs and passed them on to friends.  Shut up, of course that counts as a good deed!  I helped my neighbor strap down yard items for the storm; loaned another neighbor some straps for their yard…damn, I’m drawing a blank now.  I really have to get better at this being an angel thing…I’ve been on the RECEIVING end a little too much lately…

26 – Trying Something New

I actually asked for help!  HA!  Hey, that IS new for me.  Asking for help is not something I’m good at.  I didn’t really try any new foods, however I did create a menu for two weeks, shopped for it and followed it (so far); that’s new!  I made sopapillas and an eclair cake.  Both were good (and I don’t like eclairs).  Guess this is ANOTHER thing I have to work on…

27 – Purging/Cleaning/Organizing

HA!  I did this one!  Well, HAVE been doing this one.  Got most of my old craft room emptied (save some furniture) and have been S-L-O-W-L-Y getting the new one up to speed.  Have been great about keeping the kitchen clean (except the floor.  Don’t get me wrong, I sweep regularly, it’s the whole mopping thing I suck at).  I seriously need to get back on the FlyLady Wagon and just pick a focus each week…my ADD cleaning rituals aren’t cutting it.  I forget what I’m doing halfway to the door!  Bad Jen!

28 – Travel

Haven’t done any lately.  WAS going to go to the beach this passed weekend, but Hurricane Irene did me dirty.  Crabby Bitch.

29 – Relationships

I ain’t got any.  :-p  Well, save for family and friend.  They’re doing well.  I’d like to be more involved with my friends, but I have this terrible obsession with my house right now.  I need to nip that in the bud.  I’ll get my house cleaned, but not at the expense of my personal life.  And that does NOT mean I’m going to start dating again.  Maybe some day, but I’m just not feeling it right now. 

And there ya go, all caught up. 😀

28 – Travel

Ah, travel.

I love to travel.  🙂

*sigh*

But I haven’t the funds or the time to do it right now. *boo*

If I had unlimited time and funds, I’d go to IRELAND for a good 2 weeks or so (I doubt my attention span would allow me any more time, unless, I just never came back 😉

Did you ever have a place that just called to you?  No matter what you did, where else you went, this place haunted you?

That’s Ireland for me.  I love everything about it.  The people.  The land.  The traditions.  The history.  The myths.  The magic.

And I want to go there so badly!

But it has to stay on the Wish List for now.  I’ve other financial items to deal with first, then this can move up.

So, this space will be where I whinge and dream about Ireland, but also where I record more “domestic” travel.

Domestically, I’m only going the next state over (tomorrow) to see a friend’s band play.

And he better appreciate it, cuz I hate New Jersey and I’m gonna miss the Flyers game.  LOL

But, I now have a GPS, so maybe I won’t hate Jersey so much…

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