It’s October 1st, my friends. Do you know where your summer went? AWAY! Mwahahahaha! Now I can settle into the good weather here in the desert. Open my windows. Allow a coolish breeze to mingle with my toes. Invite fresh air in my home. Pretty soon I’ll even be able to touch my steering wheel again. Ah, the anticipation.
Speaking of anticipation, this is going to be a spectacular month. Blogger Interactive is right around the corner and I am getting pretty darn excited about all of this. I’m a bit of a planner when it comes to vacations- especially when I’m travelling to a new city. Not the sort of planning that revolves around a tight schedule, but I love to read about an area before I visit so that I can prioritize my activities. I like to know if there’s a farmer’s market in the area or quirky shops off the beaten path. The possibilities get me excited about a trip. When I know these things in advance, it allows me the freedom to get lost while I’m there. I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone else but me.
At any rate, I’ve already booked my airfare and little cottage about two blocks off of South Congress, only a mile and a half stroll from my front door to downtown and all its BI activities. (Or, should food and drink weigh me down, a very short bus ride.) Now it’s time to check out all the where’s and when’s of BI activities so that I can get a visual of where I need to be so that I have the freedom to lose myself in the general vicinity. (See how that works?) I also need to get my swag on, including free networking cards. Design. Order. Gotta get it done because in a couple of days we’re off on a road trip to… the beach as planned? No.
Yeah. Boise. Ten hour drive. Overnight stay south of SLC and then a pit-stop to pick up Maya’s brother. On to Boise so the girl can see her dad and I can check out the area. I want to move away from the desert at some point and he keeps asking me to check out the area, so… Admittedly, as much as I despise the scorching heat, I’m not too keen on the freezing temps. Been there, done that, over it. I’d prefer something a tad more moderate, even if it does include rain on a regular basis. In fact, that would be just fine. However, I will keep an open mind. And a warm jacket nearby just in case.
So what does Boise have going on? Hmmm…. You see, this is where my “planning” comes into play and where other people can take it the wrong way.
“I didn’t know the event had to be 100% scheduled.” That was the response I received when I mentioned plans. And that is absolutely true. Nothing should be 100% scheduled, but when I’m driving for ten hours and I have a small child and I have very limited time to visit a new area (especially one on my relocation list), I do want to have some ideas on what to do and see because I’d prefer not to spend a weekend in front of a television watching netflix or something. I’m not saying that’s what would happen, but that’s what very well could happen because we’d be standing around saying, “Well, what should we do?” I don’t work around a time schedule for Pete’s sake, but throw some possibilities to me so that we can grab one when the time comes. Plus, if you’ve been bragging about how great a city is and how there’s so much to do, and you’ve been trying to talk someone into moving there, wouldn’t you want to show off the city if after a year and a half they are finally going to visit?
Right now I live in a small town that has a few casinos, a Walmart, and a grocery store, so I want to move to a city with great activities for kids and grown-ups. Looks like there’s a zoo. A museum. A kid’s discovery center. A cool downtown area with great eats and drinks. Parks. Do I want to do it all in a weekend? Hell, no. But put it out there. Please. Say to me, “I have some ideas.”
I know we all have our own styles and preferences. I love having choices. Does anyone else plan at least something? I mean, if I’m going to a beach to hang out, then I don’t plan anything except to hang out. If I’m travelling to a city I’ve visited half a dozen times, I don’t plan then either. If I’m by myself and I want to wander and get lost, then that’s what I do. I don’t have a stick up my butt. I just want options, including the option of getting lost without wandering into the wrong neighborhood with a small child in tow.