November 10, 2014 (early) by Angela
I awoke at 1:54 a.m. (CST), and although I wanted to go back to sleep and tried to go back to sleep, it just wasn’t happening. Oh, I know this feeling well. It is the same sleepless excitement I would get the week before beginning a new school year. Planning ahead and anticipation of the school year to come had my mind so busy that sleep came late and stayed too short a time many nights. This time, my mind began thinking of all the things I need to put on the “to do” list such as cancelling AT&T Internet service and returning cable boxes to Comcast next Monday. From that, I went back to trying to decided what to take to the camper and where and how to store it. The list goes on, but you get the idea.
According to Jim’s way of counting down, we are just under 5 days and a wake up before beginning our RV adventure. There is so much to do and yet so much cannot be done until the weekend. Jim has a full work-week ahead of him, while I have the week mostly free to do as I need to do. The exception is that I’m going back to Clarksville, Tennessee, tonight to have a “see you later” dinner with some of my friends. Of course, if I plan to enjoy my girls’ night out, I think an afternoon nap will have to be in order since I’m wide awake at this time of the morning.
When I finally decided to get up and do something rather than toss and turn, potentially disturbing Jim (which I did anyway by getting up – luckily, he can go back to sleep more easily than I can), my instinct was to plan for the future. Hmmm….nope, that is not going to work too well. I’m a planner by nature. I don’t mind plans changing, but I need a plan. This is going to be somewhat of a challenge for me in the near future because there is only so much that we can plan since Jim’s work prospects will dictate where we go the vast majority of the time. Can I make a list of places I hope we can go between work contracts? Sure! Even then, common sense, frugality, and practicality – other dominate traits in me – will, to a great degree, determine where we may go between jobs. For example, if Jim is working in central Texas and then we find we have a month free before moving to North Carolina for three months, we are not likely to take a trek to the Pacific Northwest during our free month because we’d be going in the wrong direction.
Yes, these are the ramblings of an insomniac pumped on excitement for a partially planned but mostly unknown future that begins in just a little over 5 days. I can’t wait!