We are back from a short get-away to a nearby state (one that is a little bit warmer)! While it was just a few days, I came back with some fresh perspective on the value of getting away.
One realization I had is that being immersed in the busyness of work and school seems to encourage filling schedules up even more. My daughter and I talked today and determined her summer schedule is going to be pretty open. Theatre camp in late summer, and a 1 week ballet intensive in the evening. That’s it.
There are so many neat things to do in summer, but choosing those things means we won’t have time to do the things we want to do together — the short list includes going to the beach, rummaging for American Girl dolls to revive, going for walks, picnics, blogging, and Grandma teaching us to sew.
The other thought I brought home with me was that I need to get back to stricter meal planning. My new job this year has been mentally demanding, and while we are still eating at home most of the time, I can see that I could be more organized in terms of shopping and planning ahead so I am not making emergency trips to the store. Those extra trips drive our grocery costs up, and I hate to think I am using the life energy I give to employment so I can go to the grocery store with abandon.
Do you find that vacations give you perspective that you can’t get in your daily life at home? You can expect more meal planning posts from me to keep me on the wagon!