If you knew me in the summer of 2012, you knew two things for sure… I had lost my day off (explanation to follow), and I was going to my first ever major-league baseball game. The reason everyone who knew me knew this was that I talked about it all the time! One was a terrible event being buffered by a much better one.
I’m a huge baseball fan, so it was a surprise to many that this would be my first time to go to a major league game.
Here’s the thing about the day off. Nurses don’t typically work Monday through Friday jobs. The majority of hospital nurses work three 12 hour shift. My department works four 10 hour days. But in the summer of 2012, we were forced to work a five day work week. I know that every non-nurse reading this feels no sympathy for us. But we were NOT happy. And everyone knew it.
On the bright side, I had tickets, months in advance, to a St. Louis Cardinals game at the end of September. So while my coworkers and I endured what we thought was going to be a 90 day thing – I was looking forward to a trip to St. Louis with my husband and some friends and especially looking forward to the ball game.
That five day workweek lasted over six months. Most of us had no idea how to function. When were we supposed to go to the dentist? Get our nails done? Grocery shop? People kept asking me if I was letting my hair grow out. “No! I lost my day off! I don’t have time to get a hair cut.” Then I’d follow with… “But, I’m going to a Cards game!”
All the while I had a little cardinal sitting on my desk reminding me that better days were coming.
|I called him Louie|
Once again, months in advance, I have a very special trip planned to Disneyworld and everyone who knows me has heard about it (and will continue to). I love Disneyworld. I have been a few times but my husband has never been. In February, I’m taking the man who makes me happy to the happiest place on earth!
I have been there with my kids when they were little and again when they were all grown up…
I’ve been with a group of girlfriends…
|Waiting in that LONG line for Toy Story Mania!|
|Selfie with the tag still on the ears|
|Obligatory castle selfie|
I love Disneyworld more than any grown woman should. Disney characters were my celebrities when I was a kid. Seeing Mickey Mouse in person is just as exciting to me as seeing Justin Timberlake. [If you don’t get that reference, feel free to insert some other good-looking, funny celebrity who can sing, dance, act and bring pride to his hometown.]
As much as I already love it, it will be even better with my husband. We never do relaxing vacations. We squeeze in as much as possible during the time we have. Seriously, we went to Hawaii, and I came back without a tan. We did so much running around, we never took time to go to the beach.
We really should take a week to recover from our vacations. They’re exhausting!
Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments. Favorite restaurants. Favorite rides, Favorite shows. Tips and advice. Anything you want to share.