A few days ago, I made an executive decision in my household.
After over 11 years of marriage, my husband and I are going to take a REAL vacation together.
We’ve done a few weekend camping trips, 1 night in Chicago after a Bears game, 1 night in Springfield, IL when driving down to meet my parents who had been playing with their grandchildren for a few weeks, but we had definitely never gotten on a plane and gone anywhere before.
I’ve wanted to see New Orleans for probably about 25 years now, and so we are going.
The reason I decided to go ahead and do this is because a month ago my best friend died very unexpectedly. She was only 34 years old. Her death made me realize we have no clue how long we will be around. She literally got sick on December 27th, and died on December 29th. I didn’t even know for 2 weeks because the family had no idea how to get a hold of me.
Often we talk about doing things “Someday”. Well I decided “Someday” is now. I’m not waiting any longer. All those things I said I would do “Someday”, I’m doing. And I’m doing them now.
One of those things I am doing is starting a non-profit organization called Nurturing Necessities. The mission of Nurturing Necessities is to provide gently used clothing, blankets, toys and other baby related items to low income families in Lake and McHenry Counties in order to help relieve the financial burden on these families while keeping these reusable items out of landfills.
Some of the other things I have planned is a Mardi Gras Party, an Irish Heritage Party (I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day) and I hope to get another book or two done this year. (I did just finish up my fifth book/first book with Llewellyn that should be out early next year.)
So for the most part, this blog is going to turn towards being about living life to the fullest. I will document the plans for my trip, and the parties, and as one of those things comes up that I want to “someday” too, instead of answering “someday”, I will grab my calendar and write it in. In pen even.
Plans for our trip so far have included checking out different tours we want to take. SO far those are:
From Haunted History Tours:
New Orleans Ghost Tour
And the Honey Island Swamp tour
We’ve been given a few suggestions of places to see and things to eat and will get into that more in detail later on. Today in preparation we bought a Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day guidebook and got a great deal on luggage - $63 including tax for a 5 piece set. Granted it’s hot pink, but I think that will only make it easier to pick it out at the luggage carousel at the airport – one of my irrational fears is never finding my luggage as it goes round and round in circles right in front of my face.
Oh, I also hate flying, but apparently I don’t hate it as much as the idea of not going at all so I plan on dealing with my fear at a much later date – and most likely with some valium.
And finally…since I want to work on this blog this year, I also want someone out there to oh I don’t know…READ it!
So anyone who follows it will get entered into a monthly drawing. Don’t know what prizes yet. Maybe autographed books, maybe gift cards, maybe items reviewed on The Pagan Review site, maybe I’ll just give the winner a choice. Please share the link with your friends too, if they post that they were referred by you, I’ll give you an extra entry into the drawing.
So that’s it for now – don’t forget – life is too short to be miserable.