Saturday, July 13, 2013

A fling .... It's all how you define it ....

I had a Fling this week. I guess you could call it that.

Here's what I did: I took time off from my Day Job. Shocking, I know. Oh, I've had some time off here and there in the last few years, but every single time off time I took in the last few years has involved travel, either by car or by air. I love traveling by car (Road Trip!) and I hate traveling by air (Squeezed Trip!)

So this time I decided to stay home and have a vacation. And you know, I can't remember the last time I did that. I honestly can't remember.I took off half of July 3, July 5 and July 8, so I had really 5 days free.  I had 5 days to do whatever-the-hell I wanted to do. I mapped out each day and had a little Fling on each one. Some of the things I did:

  • I went out with a friend to visit her elderly relatives. Real exciting, hmm? But you know, our visit made their day. I cut some flowers from my garden to take with me, and they were so happy to see us (and the flowers). It's nice when something simple like a visit can totally brighten up a day. My friend and I did a little shopping afterward and I scored a marvelous wristlet. It says:

Become a possibilitarian.
Find Beauty in the small.
Embrace change.

  • I did a bit of shopping on my own and scored 2 great pairs of shoes (they were on sale and I have one of this brand which I adore, so 2 new pairs made perfect sense to me).
  • Went to some movies (Despicable Me ♥, After Earth so-so) then out to dinner.
  • Had a manicure
  • Did some gardening
  • Read a book (actually, re-read an old favorite)
  • Barbequed
 And you know what I did in between all of this? I wrote -- I wrote 3 chapters in my current WIP, which means I have 3 to go. I set a deadline for myself to finish it by July 4, but I had about 2 weeks of travel in there, so I pushed out the deadline to the end of July. Looks like it's on track.

As far as I'm concerned, this was one frivolous, free fling -- I'm already plotting another one, maybe in November around Thanksgiving. There's something to be said for free time!



Jannine Gallant said...

Isn't it nice to do what yo want instead of what you feel you have to when you're on a vacation? Good for you!

Diane Burton said...

What a great vacation! We need to take time for ourselves. I'm glad you did.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Nothing wrong with indulging yourself for a few days. And sounds like getting your wip back on track was a nice bonus!