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Mike and I leave for Gulf Shores, Alabama in 2.5 days. I hate waiting. (Insert Inigo Montoya).
The ocean is my place. The Gulf isn’t my favorite, but I’ll take it. It’s the ocean and I love the ocean. I hope that the Air Force will take us to the coast somewhere, but I don’t want to get my hopes up. Visiting will work for now. That being said, the waiting is destroying me. I haven’t been to the ocean since Spring 2011.
It has been too long. When I think about how many years that have gone by and I haven’t been able to travel, it saddens me. It makes you realize how easy it is for life to get in the way. From here on out, I know Mike and I will make a more earnest effort to take vacations and prepare for them financially, especially since we’ll be making more when I enter Basic Training.
In the meantime, here are some ways to make time go by faster in the days just before your trip begins.
Deep clean your home.
Use this time to ensure every part of your home is dust and dirt-free. It feels so much nicer to arrive home to a clean house than one left in disarray moments before your departure. Organize and dust the shelves. Mop the floor. Clean the bathroom. Wash your sheets if you have time and catch up on all your laundry. This can take up a nice chunk of time in the evenings.
Read. Read. Read.
This is one of the easiest ways to take your mind off an upcoming vacation. Immerse yourself into another world and forget yours exists. If you can find a real page-turner, the time you spend thinking about leaving for the beach will be spent thinking about the story in your book.
Lists of what you want to do when you get back. Lists of things you want to remember. Lists of things you want to do on vacation. Lots of lists.
Binge-watch your favorite show.
I don’t often recommend binge-watching television. I don’t enjoy it and I think it’s bad for you. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Especially if reading isn’t your thing, a tv show is the best way to bide time. Plus, if you aren’t driving to your vacation spot, you can continue your binge on the plane or in the passenger seat.
Even though this list is small, it’s a great start to biding your time 3 or 4 days before vacation. I think these items encompass most of humanity’s faves. So, good luck with it all! I hope you have an amazing vacation when the time finally arrives!