Carpe Diem: Staycation Plus
I am not a spontaneous person. Most things I do are well planned out and deliberate because
I’m a control freak I find I’m more relaxed when I plan things out. Every once in awhile I like to do something slightly spontaneous and seize the day in my control freakish a way my planning personality allows me to be comfortable.
Every four to six months, I get a staycation. Darren takes the Poptart to his parents’ place for a few days and I get to watch adult television, get things done and generally focus on myself for a few days. The most relaxing thing about it is that I am responsible only for myself for a few days.
This season’s staycation coincided with our Nanny going away for 6 weeks. The plan was I’d stay home for 3 weeks to take care of the Poptart (which I did and enjoyed every minute of it), then Darren would take a week to take care of her and take her to Kelowna for a few days. I’d been asked to do some volunteer work in Kamloops the following weekend, so Darren would meet me in Merritt on Friday and I’d take the Poptart to my parents’ place, then head back to Vancouver with mom and the kid on Monday. And mom would take the next couple of weeks.
So because we had this all perfectly mapped out, the Poptart’s dance school threw a monkey wrench in the plans. Dance photos and mini rehearsal on Sunday in full makeup (yes, I have to put eyeliner on an almost 4 year old). So we came up with a different plan: I would head up to Kamloops on Friday as planned, do my work on Saturday, then head back. At the same time, Mom would drive down to Vancouver and meet Darren and the Poptart here. I would stay with my dad.
And then I started thinking that since I’m volunteering my time, they’d probably pay for a hotel room.
Staying in a hotel room sounded pretty good, actually.
I mentioned it to a coworker today and she said, “Go for the hotel room. Just do it. You should take a girlfriend along too.” I kind of shrugged and then the idea percolated. Apparently it percolated in her head too. “Hey what if I went with you?” she said. And since we both seized the day, we’re both going on Friday.
And that is my version of seizing the day. How do you get your carpe diem on?