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Vacation Plans (Sort Of)


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

March is almost here, hopefully bringing the warmer temperatures so many of us are longing for - yippee!!! I want to put on my shoes and go outside and walk, without having to pile on a coat, gloves, hat . . . only to have to start the on again, off again pattern to coincide with my hot flashes. emoticon

We now made our plans for vacation, at least as much as we are going to "plan" vacation this year. We decided this is going to be a stress free trip. emoticon emoticon We’ve purchased airline tickets for vacation in May. We’re flying to Albuquerque where my sister will pick us up and head out for ten days of sun and fun! After a lot of conversations with my sister, we decided that camping in our little tents may not be the best option this year. Tommy will be with us and we don’t want him to end up miserable and uncomfortable. He feels pretty good most days, but occasionally gets really tired and needs to lay down and take a nap. Those who have camped in the desert know how hot a tent is in the afternoon sun. emoticon So we did a little research and have found a company in Albuquerque that rents travel trailers. They have some great small trailers that my sister’s SUV will pull, so she’s going to look at them next week. We’re probably going to rent one and leave the tents at home this year. This will be great because Tommy can nap during the day if needed.

In keeping with our "stress free" plans, we’re not even sure exactly where we’re going yet. We plan to go wherever the road takes us. No itinerary, no place we have to be at a certain time, just a relaxed vacation to sightsee and hike during the day, then sit beside a campfire or look at the stars at night. If you’ve never done it, sitting in a remote area of the desert at night, without the light pollution of nearby cities, is a star gazing experience that by itself is worth the trip.
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Also, I’ve now gone one entire week without any soft drink. Tommy and I went to the store yesterday and he decided to stop and grab a sandwich. I ordered a salad and a drink and then was so excited to see diet Dr. Pepper among the drinks to choose from. I almost stuck my cup under the tap before I remembered I couldn’t have any soft drinks (gave them up for lent). I stopped and looked at it for a few seconds wondering if just once would really hurt. I mean, who would know? Yes, it would be bad because I would know. I turned and filled my cup with unsweetened tea and asked for a couple Splenda packs. At that moment, I really wanted that Dr. Pepper, but afterwards I was glad I didn’t give in to the temptation.

Now it’s time for me to get up and go take a walk to burn some calories.

Hope you’re all having a great week my friends! Spring will soon be here!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 2/27/2013 6:47PM

    Hi

That sounds a wonderful trip - no plans, just go with the flow emoticon

I'm so looking forward to the long summer days.

Well done for not giving in to temptations.

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RONDARC 2/21/2013 4:38PM

    What a great trip you have planned! Evening star gazing and morning watching the sun come up with a hot cup of coffee (that's what I love about the desert) emoticon emoticon emoticon

emoticon job for not giving in to temptation!!

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Ronda emoticon

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SHESMITH1 2/21/2013 3:45PM

    Sounds a little "Kerouacian!" emoticon What fun! Can't wait to read and see the details upon your return.

So proud of you for resisting the DP. emoticon !!





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GOLFGMA 2/21/2013 8:23AM

    Can't wait to see the photos! The trip sounds wonderful and I know Tommy will appreciate the thoughtfulness of you and your sister. Hope you have a grand time and that Spring comes early this year. I am ready for that! emoticon

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_JODI404 2/20/2013 11:14PM

    Cindy,

These plans sound so wonderful! Keeping is stress free will make it so enjoyable for you both.

emoticon on passing up that soda! I know it's hard... but I promise you this one is so huge... you will not regret this if you can lose those cravings.
Stay strong, you can do it!!

I'm with you... I cannot wait for Spring!! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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LIVINGFREE19 2/20/2013 7:53PM

    You are going to have a wonderful trip, you are putting a lot of necessary thought into it!
You will have to let us know of your adventures when you return.

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DOODIE59 2/20/2013 6:55PM

    You are going to have a wonderful holiday, whichever way you choose to do it:)
And huge congrats on that nonscale victory! No soda is good soda.
Hugs,
Deirdre

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SKIPPYDOG 2/20/2013 6:03PM

    that sounds like a fun trip, I haven't been to NM but its on the"list" of RV trips to go on. I love my RV.. I used to tent camp, but then I saw an RV for sale and just could not resist the price.. I still have my tent (10x20) yes its a big for all of our stuff.. have fun on your trip.. Good job with the soda temptation. you go girl emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 2/20/2013 2:48PM

    How great to have something to look forward to!! Visiting NM is on my to-do list...I've heard how beautiful it is! Good job on resisting the soda temptation!
Can't wait for spring to get here too!!
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LADYVOLSFAN1954 2/20/2013 2:21PM

    Sounds great!

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LIBBYG7 2/20/2013 2:20PM

    One of the nicest vacations I ever had was two weeks in New Mexico.....(years ago...._)

Not having much outdoors experience (RVing, camping, etc.) = we stayed in lodges and inns. Flew in to Albuquerque - toured around the city---drove to Santa Fe - and did everything that we wanted to do...visited the Pueblos and national parks....and drove into the desert.....and, ate in wonderful southwestern restaurants (fancy and NOT) --- went to galleries.....walked, and walked, and walked ---- drove, and drove, and drove. Then we went to Taos ---- through a few ghost towns......very interesting...
It was a lovely vacation......
Listening to you ....... I'd love to camp out in the desert under an open sky --- (I'd be afraid of the night 'creatures'.....wimpy me!!!)
I'd love to go back some day.
I know Tommy will love it! (are those trailers air conditioned? It can get scorching during the day, as you know.....)

And......good for you for passing up the Dr. Pepper. Don't you feel virtuous??? Who knows - maybe by Easter - you won't crave soft drinks anymore.

Big hugs,
Libby
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GCHUNG 2/20/2013 12:44PM

    You go girl!!! Great job.

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MONTREAL12 2/20/2013 12:41PM

  Go for it! You deserve it! Congratulations on staying off the soft drinks! emoticon

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