I'm looking forward to the trip, of course. :) And the time off from work will be nice, too. My parents will still be at their summer home in the northeast, so I won't be visiting relatives this time, just friends. Maybe I'll even go to a theme park.
Nah, probably not.
Anyone in the area who'd like to see me should let me know. Send me an email or drop a comment or whatever -- I'd be happy to meet up. I expect to be less mobile this time, since I don't think I'll rent a car. But I'm sure I'll manage one way or another.
In unrelated news, the 'Stress Buster Challenge' ("I dare you to be less stressed! Now, relax!") started this week. One of the items on their list of stress-relieving activities is sleep. 6 points for sleeping 6-8 hours a night. When I was setting my goal, I put down 42 points a week for this one.
Sleep isn't something I think about. My theoretical schedule is something like "Go to sleep at 10:30PM and get up at 6:30AM" and usually winds up more like "Asleep by 11:15 and awake between 6:45 and 7:15". Normally I don't get quite eight hours, but nearly always more than seven. The rare exceptions to this typically involve travel and jet lag.
I take sleep for granted. I don't toss and turn at night: I fall asleep within ten or fifteen minutes of turning out the lights and closing my eyes. I don't slap the snooze on my alarm clock several times before hauling my undead body from bed. Left to my own devices, I don't use an alarm clock, period. (On my own, I wake up an hour or two before I need to get up, at which point I go to the bathroom then go back to bed and doze until I'm either not sleepy any more or it's late enough that I have to get up.
And as I think about this, and that little check box that says "Sleep 6-8 hours a night", I am reminded that many people don't. From insomnia, to worries, to insufficient time, to whatever, plenty of people I know don't get as much sleep as they'd like.
So I am taking a moment, not to gloat, but to marvel at this simple thing that I do every day and think nothing of. To appreciate my good fortune: that I'm able to sleep at night.