Monday, March 17, 2008


Those who are close to me know that planning ahead is essential for me. There is no such thing as spontaneous in my vocabulary, especially for big events. That only leads to stress. I'm a plotter and planner all the way.

That's why this week's behavior is so unusual for me. I'm packing up my children and driving six hours to visit my parents on Wednesday.

That's not very spontaneous, you say. I beg to differ. I didn't even start my packing list until Sunday. Sunday!

I haven't begun packing. I still need to get the oil changed in my car, pick up some groceries to take, and clean out the car so there's room for all our stuff.

I'm haven't started to stress yet, to my surprise. I'm sure by Saturday I'll wonder what the heck I was thinking... But for now, I'm excited by this adventure.

What adventure are you planning this week? What's one thing you would totally do (or not do) on a whim?



Barbara said...

This is a very exciting week for me. My grandkids are coming on Friday and staying overnight. They haven't been to my home in 2 years, so I'm very excited. Don't worry, you'll hear about the adventure later. :)

BTW, thanks so much for the shout out on Friday. The party was a huge success with 742 comments. There were 100 prizes awarded and I hope lots of your readers won.

I'm already planning next year's bash. Talk about planning ahead.

Playground Monitor said...

We've done our share of spontaneous things through the years. And when the Tim McGraw song "Live Like You Were Dying" came out a few years ago, it made me realize I should be more spontaneous. I can't tell you how many times I'd driven through the town in western NC where my college roommate lived and didn't stop to call. But just after that song came out, I was going to be driving to NC and decided to email ahead of time and see if we could meet for lunch. I got a reply -- from her daughter. It seems my former roomie had passed away about 18 months before.

Since I don't have kids in school, this week's spring break isn't as big a deal as it is for others. I don't really have any adventure planned, but I might just decide to go see "Horton Hears a Who."

PM -- who is worn out after keeping her grandbaby over the weekend

Smarty Pants said...

I like planned spontenaeity (although I can't spell it). I like to say to myself - on Saturday, we're going to do something spontaneous! :)

Spring break doesn't effect me, so this is just another week.

I am considering applying for a corporate communications job with another company. I saw a posting online, but I'm kinda scared to go for it. I might actually have to work (not blog and write books) and dress up and stuff. Boy, I'm spoiled...

Lynn Raye Harris said...

I don't have an adventure planned this week, but I once drove across the Alps by myself. I didn't think it was all that adventurous at the time, but when I look back I think -- whoa, I drove through the Brenner Pass alone?! I was meeting hubby in Vicenza. We drove back to Germany together. I wasn't scared at all. It took me about 10 hours. I even drove through Munich at rush hour. I might do it again, but it's more fun with company.

This was a month after 9/11, btw. The day after I got to Vicenza, we took off for Florence for the weekend. No reservations, nothing but a map and an idea. We had no trouble getting a hotel in the city center because Americans weren't flying just then. :( I would still travel through Europe with no reservations. :) It's fun and adventurous.

Problem Child said...

I like being spontaneous, but I balance my anal side by taking a moment after the spontaneous thought to say "hmm, now what do I need to do before I go."

Not quite spontaneous, but about as close as I get.

Instigator said...

My spontaneous moments usually involve me deciding NOT to do something I should :-)


Angel said...

Well, I hit the Walmart to get the oil changed for my "sponteneous" trip. $80 and 3.5 hours later, I'm exhausted and broke. The car had issues (doesn't it always?) that had to be fixed before such a long trip, and several quarts of oil must make it with me, because this one seems to burn it quickly. It wasn't even time for an oil change and it was 2 quarts low. Jeez!