Procrastination. I hate this word. Really. I know everyone does it. My kids are really good at it. I hate it when I do it.
I know my excuse – I’m a perfectionist (which is a serious illness). What is your excuse?
What are the items on the Procrastination List? Well, a lot of things. But, I did finally tackle the big one on my list – the family vacation we are taking this summer. The hubby has always had this dream to take the fam damnly on a trek out West. You know, Griswold-style. However, Wally World is not our destination – the destination is our country’s National Parks!
Why did I procrastinate on this particular project? It’s an 11-day “get-a-way” that includes multiple stops, multiple routes and maps, sight-seeing decisions, etc. It was so daunting and overwhelming to me. And, I was not excited about changing hotels every other night – packing and unpacking, etc. What finally got me started on this project was my husband telling me that he was freaking out about my lack of planning and interest in this huge opportunity for family fun.
Whoa, I didn’t want to be the fun-sucker on vacation (I do that enough on a day-to-day basis). Finally, I confessed that I was afraid of his expectations for this family trek – his parents used to go on these 3 week long driving pilgrimages staying in a new location every other night with extensive itineraries, etc. He assured me that he was not thinking along that vein. Relief!
It took an entire day, but we did it! We have a budget, all of our accommodations booked, and some awesome activities planned. Now that it’s done, I’m excited! Why did I fear this task so??
Here is our itinerary:
Day 1: Hellish 12-hour day of driving to get to BFE, MN
Days 2-4: Another long day of driving, but we reach our destination: Rapid City, SD. We will be staying here for 3 nights and visiting Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands National Park, Black Hills National Forest and possibly checking out the Corn Palace. I’m especially stoked about seeing Mt. Rushmore!!!
Day 5: Driving from Rapid City, SD to our next stop, Estes Park, CO.
Days 6-8: Hanging out in Estes Park; visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. The place we are staying is on a river where my husband can try out his new fly fishing gear and looks fantastically relaxing.
Day 9: Hellish 12-hour day of driving to Kansas City, MO. Just a stop, not a destination.
Day 10: Short 5 hour drive to St. Louis, MO. We are taking our kids to the Gateway Arch – the “Gateway to the West”!
Day 11: We are homeward bound.
It will be EPIC! However, we are not making any stops to pick up Aunt Edna so we won’t have to worry about toting a dead aunt on top of the mini van 🙂
Okay, here are the remaining items on my Procrastination List:
1. My bio for my boss’s new web site. What do I put down? It’s not really that interesting. Why am I in health insurance? I’m not sure – it just happened. I definitely did not plan this as a career – I was a math major! I can’t put this one off much longer – it was due today.
2. Various Doc visits – annual visit, colonoscopy (dad, I swear – I’ll call tomorrow), mammogram, daughter’s eye exam, my eye exam. This is another day of just calling people – I don’t have time for that! Buuutt, these are important visits and I just need to do it.
3. Call the Carpet Cleaners
4. Start my running program again. What the hell is wrong with me ? I did so well (almost 30 minutes straight!) and then the flu. Now, I’m starting over again, but not quite yet. Just Do It!
Okay, first thing tomorrow morning, I’m going to cross items #1-4 off of the Procrastination List! Or maybe next week…..
I remember the Corn Palace being interesting, but not as fun as I thought it would be. We didn’t stay there too long. One place I would recommend checking out is Crazy Horse National Monument which is in the same general area as Rushmore. Or maybe Wind Cave National Park? That’s one I want to get to! I’d also recommend Wall Drug for novelty purposes and you HAVE to visit the Cosmos Mystery Area (www.cosmosmysteryarea.com). Everyone in the family will get a kick out of it. We’re headed to Yellowstone and Glacier this summer — we’ll have to compare photos. 🙂
I think we will just do a drive-by for the Corn Palace. We did read about Wind Cave and it sounded very cool! I will definitely check out the Cosmos Mystery Area – we love kitshy stuff. Thanks for the recommendations.