At the start of the year, I was hopeful. There were two trips the hubby and I thought we would definitely do, and two trips that I was strongly considering.
And then there’s the one I don’t want to take, but will probably have to.
The definite #1: go see the Braves play in Atlanta. We’ve done this for the past two years: gone to Atlanta for a few days, catch a series, and in the downtime, go do touristy stuff. I haven’t been to Atlanta’s zoo yet, so that’s a must this year.
The definite #2: go visit a good friend of ours, whom we haven’t seen in ages, in Minnesota. We’ve been casually talking about it for years, but this was the year we were really thinking it could happen.
The maybe #1: my ten year college reunion in Roanoke, VA. This was a maybe because at first, I didn’t know who was going nor how much it was going to cost; now I know how much it’s going to cost and I’m still trying to figure out who’s going. I gotta say, though, reunions don’t have the same draw as they did in the days before Facebook. When you can keep up with friends and family via FB? It kind of diminishes the need to see them. Not saying that internet contact replaces real life contact, but still….
The maybe #2: a wedding invite to Seattle, WA. I’ve never been there and would love to go, and the friend who’s getting married is someone I’d be thrilled to see get married. But such a trip definitely involves FLYING, and FLYING involves EXPENSE.
Now, if you’ve been paying attention, you already know where this is headed: we’re still waiting on quotes on the new HVAC unit (which is likely going to involve new duct work as well), and that puppy’s going to COST MONEY. That and repairing the trampoline damage: the neighbor’s going to pay for it, but we’re looking at a situation where we pay it first and he can pay us back. And all of these expenses has me seriously looking at these trips in a new light.
The Braves are a lock. We booked that one early so we could get the series and the seats we wanted. Everything else, however, is in the air.
Reunion is first on the docket. Friends of mine want to do an anti-reunion: go to Roanoke for the weekend, but rather than paying for the official reunion (which is a pretty penny), just dropping in on campus for a bit, visit, and then hang around town. I’m of two minds here: on one hand, it would be a cheaper alternative, if I’m set on making the trip. On the other hand, it’s kind of like skipping prom to go hang out with your friends like you would every other weekend. In other words, if you can’t do the SPECIAL weekend that’s being set up just for you, why not do the big group friend thing at a later time? I don’t know. This is the one I need to decide upon, and soon, because reunion weekend is the end of May.
Then there’s the wedding in July. This was the last one to slide onto my radar, and it appears it’ll be the least likely to happen, even if the above expenses weren’t at issue. Still, I haven’t responded to the invite yet, because you never know. But the weekend of the wedding is the most heavily-traveled weekend of the year, which makes it a tough one: my boss and I have a rule: we’re not allowed to BOTH be out of the office at the same time during business hours (excepting lunches and holidays). He’s going to be out that weekend (and by weekend, I mean the 4th of July Thursday and Friday after), which means that, short of the 4th itself, I’ll need to be in the office Friday. Which means getting to Seattle for the wedding might be a wee bit tight. Again, we’ll see.
And let’s not forget Minnesota. Oh, we had such plans! This, too, is still in the air, as it’s another trip we’d be flying for (unless we go batshit crazy and decide to drive it: my husband in a car on long trips? Not much fun). And plus, when we get there, there’s stuff to DO. So yeah.
Obviously these are very minor problems when you look at them from a certain point of view. Frankly, I’m lucky I’m able to take any sort of vacation at all that involves leaving home, and believe me, I know it: frankly, I’m still stuck in the mindset that we can only afford one trip per year, and even then, I’m not sure we shouldn’t stay local. That’s not entirely true, but it’s still heavy on my mind, which is why the other three trips hadn’t been finalized yet, which works out, considering we don’t know what the financial situation will be when all the repairs are said and done.
Also, there’s a chance I may be forced into a short trip to the capital of our lovely state to see a specialist. About something I may or may not talk about at a later date. But it would involve food, gas, and a hotel. Which means money. And that trip, should it be determined it must be taken, won’t be an option like the others. So there’s that.
Thoughts on vacationing? Weddings? Reunions? Do you have any trips planned for the year?