Thursday, June 24, 2010

Three and a Half Things Thursday (vacation edition) ...

Once upon a time, there was a girl. A girl who hated Thursdays. A girl who prayed every week for Thursday to not happen. But her wish was never granted. Instead, she was left to deal with all the stress-inducing things that would come her way. Until today. Because, today she is saved by Three (and a half) Things Thursday, Vacation Edition ...

1. J and I are going to Key West for the next five days. It is the FIRST vacation we have taken alone since our honeymoon, six years ago. It has been booked for a year and we are beyond excited that it is finally time to go. (Note: This trip was J's 30th birthday present from me. I turn 30 in two years. He's going to have to try to top this trip. Just saying.)

2. There are a lot of things I am looking forward to during this trip. Swimming without worrying that the people around you might drown. Not wiping anyone else's butt. Taking a nap in the sand. Eating dinner after 5 p.m. (that doesn't happen in my house). Running the streets of Key West with my love by my side. Not waking up because someone is screaming. Going to the bathroom in private. But more than anything, I am looking forward to NOT STRESSING. I won't have to manage my household. Or other people's schedules. I know my kids will be well taken care of. Plus, my life is LOUD. Like sonic boom loud. And five days of peace and quiet is pretty much my idea of heaven.

3. It would be overwhelmingly obvious to anyone who opens my luggage to know that I am a runner. I would say that 15% of my bag is filled with non-running gear. Between my Mizunos, skirts, and socks there is little room for much else. Well, other than my Garmin and handheld water bottle and iPod and GU and Clif Bars and Sweaty Bands ...

3.5. And speaking of getaways and running, yesterday I won a free entry to the Rock 'N' Roll Chicago Half Marathon from Sof Sole. Now, I just need to plan the trip. Anyone else running this?

38 comments:

Jen said...

I can totally relate. My husband doesn't think the kids are ready for us to leave them yet - they are 7 and 5.5 - I've been ready since they were 3 and 4.

Have a great time and congrats on winning the entry. I love Chicago.

Michelle said...

Have a great time on vacation! Sounds heavenly!

Rene' said...

Have a great vacation. We left our 4 last year for our 10th anniversary. It was a great 5 days for us and for the kids. RELAX!!! and have fun!

Courtney said...

Ahh I won an entry too! I'll be running it! :) I don't have to plan a trip though since I live here. If you need help with hotel or anything just e-mail me! Oh and have fun on your trip! :)

kat said...

The vacation sounds great and well needed and deserved!

Congrats on winning the entry to the Rock an Roll Chicago half, well done.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I can't imagine planning a vacation a year in advance. I CAN imagine a vacation without my kids, though.

Keri said...

Wow this trip sounds fab! Have a wonderful time!

bobbi said...

R-n-R Chicago will be my very first half marathon (leading up to the Chicago Marathon on 10/10).

YAY! for a vacation with no little people! I can totally relate to your "my life is sonic boom loud" comment - enjoy your peace and quiet....

busyrunningmama said...

For some reason "sweaty bands" processed in my head as "silly bands" and a picture of you amongst the palm trees with silly bands on your wrist and your running gear popped into my mind....I think we all could use a vacation from the kids as it is obvious where my mind is....lol! My hubby and I do away by ourselves every year for our anniversary, not always a big fancy trip, but just somewhere to be with eachother and reconnect and unwind! It is important, so kudos to you for finally doing it ( but you should do it more often!) I am from Florida, you will enjoy Key West, but get ready for the heat and humidity...it's crazy!!!

Hunnybee said...

Have a wonderful vacation! My DH is such a homebody a trip never ever crosses his mindso I'm jealous.
Congrats on the free ticket!

P said...

Enjoy your kid-free time!! There's nothing quite as lovely as running away from home. :-)

Carly said...

Enjoy your vacation! You deserve it big-time. :-)

Teamarcia said...

I think I'm gonna read this post over and over and pretend it is I who kid-free in Key West. Enjoy!
Woot on the Chi R&R--wish I were running it!

S Club Mama said...

Have a great trip; I'm completely jealous!

Lynette said...

Sounds like a great trip. Have fun!

Kim said...

Hooray! Have a great time on your trip!

destinationathlete said...

I am SOOOOOO Jealous you won the entry to the half-marathon!!!

Have a great time in Key West - I've heard it's gorgeous!

Laurie said...

Happy kid free vacation! Enjoy your time. =)

Congrats on Chicago!!

ajh said...

Have fun on your trip. It sounds wonderful!

Running Diva Mom said...

Enjoy your RELAXING vacation! I haven't hven't had one of those either, since we were married nine years ago. Sometime soon, hopefully. Enjoy exploring Key West on foot!

I can't wait to run in Chi town again. The full was awesome in 2008 and I'm assuming the crowd support for the R&R will be just as AWESOME ... not to mention the tunes!!! Hope to see you there.

Emz said...

Ok-loved the start of this post..awesome.

jealous about the Chicago entry but soooooooo happy for you. Sounds so fun!

Enjoy your trip!! [I may be slightly jealous of that too.] ;)

OrangeBlossom said...

Enjoy your quiet vacation time!

This weekend will be my first night away from my five loud kids. I'm so excited for my first half marathon!

Heather said...

You aren't having to wipe any butts? Color me jealous.

Have a great time!!

SarahwithanH said...

I was wondering if that was you that won the entry! Congrats!! I can't wait to hear about it!

Have a FABULOUS vacation. You definitely deserve it. We're still looking for a honeymoon destination, so maybe your trip will inspire us to finally make a decision! Enjoy!

Tricia said...

have fun in key west!

EricaH said...

Sounds like you in for a great vacation and congrats on your RnR entry win. :)

KatieTurtle said...

I am running R-nR Chicago!

Love your blog! Just an FYI runningskirts.com has a bunch their althetic skirts on sale for $25 and running skirts foor $10, just to enable you a bit~

Kayla said...

Have a great trip! Sounds like it will be fun. Congrats on the free entry to R&R! I'm not running R&R Chi, but if I don't have to work I've thought about watching since I know a couple people running it!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

That doesn't sound like a vacation that sounds like Heaven! I know you and J will enjoy the time. Every couple needs to take time with eachother, minus the kids.

Enjoy! We expect lots of envy inducing pictures of your scenic runs!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

JEALOUS! Have a great time!!!

MCM Mama said...

I can top that - I haven't been away for more than two nights and my kids are 8.5 and 4.5...

Have an awesome time!

Char said...

We are sooo alike. Not wiping someone else's butt is right at the top of my list of what makes a good holiday. Have a great time.

kilax said...

You are going to have a great vacation! It sometimes does take physically getting away to get away from stress! :)

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Your vacation sounds PERFECT! Enjoy every minute of it!!

LauraElaine said...

HAVE FUN!!!!

Jamie said...

Have an awesome vacation! I'm running the rnr half in Chicago. I'm pacing my friend who just had a baby and has never run a half before so it will be nice and slow!

Katie A. said...

Whoo hoo! Have a blast with your hubbs!!! And, congrats on winning the half entry! Very jealous! Wish I could come run with you :)

funderson said...

That is like the best Thursday ever! Enjoy your trip....a lot..