What I Did Over My -Winter- Vacation

Winter. The artist part of me hates this monster of a season that steals my daylight, strips the trees bare and traps me inside for days on end. But the business part of me knows that with winter comes a much-needed time to rest and catch my breath. Life is fun when the weather is warm and the fields are bathed in golden sunshine and the air smells sweet and earthy and I am darting from wedding to family session to editing and back again, but it also leaves little time for anything else. So when the cold weather creeps in, I tackle that to-do list that has been growing all year. First, I mark off the "need to do" things, like updating client information and moving the previous year's backed up photos into "digital storage." Then, I get to move on to my "fun list." Stacks of books that I have been meaning to read are finally taken down from the shelf, dusted off, and devoured like delicious brain-meals. My Netflix cue starts circulating again, mostly with the kind of movies that feel right on a cold winter’s night: old classics starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Bette Davis. And then I get to my absolute favorite "fun" item: planning my summer vacation. I find that nothing is more effective at taking the sting off of winter like day-dreaming about summer!

I have spent the last few weeks reading, planning, and researching this year's particularly special vacation. For as long as I can remember, I have dreamt about visiting a beautiful green island "across the pond." I finally declared 2011 the year of "just do it" and booked tickets to this little corner of the world:

I get warm fuzzies when I think about all the photos and experiences I will bring back with me, and that anticipation manifests itself into a kind of OCD planning fever, as evidenced by my map:

I was born with an innate desire to flag, color-code, and organize things. And take notes. I LOVE taking notes. And organizing the notes. And then typing the notes into documents. And then organizing the documents. Just to give you an example, when I was about 10 or 11 years old, my grandmother gave me $10 and took me shopping. I passed up all the toys and games and instead bought markers, pens, binders, and notebooks. To this day, I feel a rush of happiness when I walk into Office Depot.

I know. I need help.

Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to summer and Ireland and warm weather and fields bathed in golden sunshine and that sweet earthy smell and darting from wedding to family session to editing and back again. But for now, I am just going to enjoy my last little bit of winter vacation.


Jamie P February 12, 2011 at 5:43 AM  

Love your comments! So true--these twelve or so snow days we've had off from school have driven me crazy, but also have allowed me to get a lot done. As I see the snow melting, I have mixed feelings--a sense of loss about the
beauty of the white landscape, but a sense of anticipation about spring. I smile at your vacation planning as well--we were just planning a 2012 trip to Canada last night. Have fun planning and trekking to Ireland!!

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