I’m leaving on a jet plane on Saturday morning (can you hear John Denver in the background?), which makes me happy. I really like airports and the whole flying process, not to mention the vacation that goes with the flying. I even like some good, old-fashioned turbulence.
In order to get the most out of the trip, I decided to make another to do list. Why not kill a totally unstructured week with requirements and rules, right? Most of the Colorado goals support the main goals of relaxation and quality time with my parents, so I don’t think it’ll be too stressful. Without further ado, here’s the current list:
- Go hiking. My parents’ property doesn’t count, even if you do risk meeting mountain lions anywhere above the irrigation ditch.
- Eat an eclair. There are delicious eclairs at this one bakery in town.
- Finish at least three books. GoodReads tells me that I haven’t finished a book since August 14, and that’s kind of shocking.
- Take copious pictures of my parents’ new dog and enough pictures of their old dog to make him feel equally loved.
- Talk to at least one person on an airplane. Sometimes I open up a book and dive in before my seatmate sits down. Even though most people appreciate a quiet airplane neighbor, I occasionally think I close out nice people who want to chat. I won’t do that this time. At least not on every flight.
- Make my mom go running with me. (Dad, want to join us?)
- Make a phone call from my favorite spot on my parents’ property. I’ll take a picture to show you why it’s so great. It was also the only spot that got cell phone reception until a few years ago.
Pre-trip goals include making a new playlist for airport entertainment purposes and getting rid of the mountain of laundry that has taken up residence in my dining room.