Today, I had to get my pre-Belize pedicure. The things we won't do--I am walking around in flip-flops with bare legs in winter here, so I can look good in Belize Friday. I got to the office to finish up the grad class comprehensive exam my chair needs by tomorrow, and there was Kim, my fellow Belize traveler--in her flip-flops with bare legs as she had just gotten her pedicure. Now we don't even go to the same person and did not communicate about this, and have the almost exact same shade of polish. Won't we look like the Dork Sisters. LOL I am not taking any Ole Miss tee shirts, so that should help. I am, however, taking a pink "Peace" tank top in solidarity with all my sisters the world over for January 2.
And as my friends know all too well, "if it weren't for the last minute, nothing would ever get done" so I have not even started to pack. I just put in some laundry, and have to now go dig through the summer clothes closet to find the things I need to take, plus track down the research items I need for work. Thank goodness my personal computer/photographer dude, Rando, will get my laptop and camera loaded and make sure I am ready to go with all the techno gadgets that I will need and I will just have to focus on clothes and research tools.
I am so fortunate that I can combine my love of travel and meeting new people and new places with my work. Though I could have and did go down many other paths prior to this one, I just cannot imagine a better, more satisfying and fulfilling life than the one I have had, whilst still having the absolute best time with travel and seeing new things and learning about different people. When I think about how terrified I was of my first trip to New York City, or how scary it was to go to Quebec and not understand or speak the language, I can hardly believe how much I embrace new adventures now, prepare as much as possible, and then just go immerse myself in the opportunities.
Jane, Sherri, Jimmy W, I feel a road trip comin' on!
Happy New Year to each of you who might be reading this, and I hope the next post is from Belize...although knowing the Memphis airport, it might be pictures of me and Kim sitting in the Memphis airport waiting for our plane. But the good news is, I will have extra time to work on that article due January 9 that is not done yet.
Cheers, fireworks, and most of all, be safe, be happy, and remember, "It is what it is" which is kind of similar to "People do what they do and don't do what they don't do" and "You either will or you won't." Gotta love philosophy.