Thursday, October 23, 2008

Romance vs. To Do List

This is a true story. I am highly prone to exaggeration, as I am a mostly SAHM with 3 kids. However, this romantic comedy is 100% The Truth.

My husband and I managed to farm out above mentioned children, the dog and cat (the lizard was on his own!) for an entire weekend. We secured a cute little cabin on the Metolius, we made reservations at Jen’s Garden, and we brought along a few things that we both hoped to do over the two nights and three days away. Here’s where the plan starts to go awry. I kid you not, here is what I brought along for the romantic getaway: my computer, 2 DVDs, a journal and pens, a few magazines, a book I’d hoped to read, ipod, needlepoint, candles, red wine, radio, Crest Whitestrips, walking shoes, groceries, a copy of my old resume that needed updating, thank you notes, camera, sketch pad (also charcoal and colored pencils), Christmas list, lingerie, toenail polish, tweezers, and Tylenol pm. I was one piece of luggage away from my husband canceling the trip!

Needless to say, once we got down to the cabin I calmed down a bit about all the gear. I became philosophical instead of frantic. But then I thought how great it would be for the two of us to talk about our 5 Year Plan, school for the kids next year, career goals, a book I’d been thinking about writing, the next summer’s vacation plans… What is wrong with me?

In the end, we had a relaxing time, a great meal, a 3 hour walk along the river, some lovely time alone together, and I read all of the magazines.

7 comments:

Lori King said...

I think we were twins separated at birth. That account sounds just like me! I'm glad you were able to relax! Next time, bring TWO bottles of wine, drink those first, and the idea of working on your 5-year-plan will simply fade into the background....

carol s. said...

My favorite part is the remote possibility of doing needlepoint as well!

Miss Julie said...

The other day during our daily walk, while I was scoping our our 2year business projections, my husband said "is it okay if we just walk? In silence? For a little while? It's such a nice day."

BPOTW said...

That sounds just like what I would have packed! I get so ambitious when I know the kids aren't going to be around. Never is "just relax" part of the plans anymore :)

Glad you ended up having a great time.

Fawn said...

I am such a to-do lister. I totally let it get in the way sometimes. Glad to hear I'm not the only one

Debbie said...

Hi Lori...Thanks for stopping by Blog Around the World. Just wanted to let you know that both your blogs have been linked. Check in daily to see where in the world we are headed next!

Helen + ilana = Hi said...

Holy overpacking Batman! You forgot the knitting!