T-1 Days

I am just bubbling over with excitement. Tomorrow is my last day of work before a three week vacation. I haven’t had this much time away from work in – well, since I was laid off eight years ago, and that didn’t exactly feel like a vacation.

On Saturday, the bikes go on the car and I head out to Utah, first to visit my grandmother, then to ride my bike. No solid plans, although I’d like to hit up the Canyons lift-serviced trails while I’m there. Other options include XC trail riding, hiking, yoga – I’ll even bring my climbing gear, although I don’t think I’ll have an opportunity to use it.

When I drive back – and I still can’t fathom that I can stay pretty much as long as I’d like – I might visit my grandma again. I might stop in Fruita to check out the trails there. I might head to Breckenridge for the night so that I can ride Keystone before they close for the season. Heck, I might do all of those things! I have so many options that I don’t even know how to process them all.

Most importantly, I don’t want to pack these three weeks with appointments and chores. I certainly could – there’s plenty to do – but that’s not the point. I want to explore my options with a sense of freedom and joy. And I have sooo many options. I think, actually, that the time will just fly by.

And I’m not going to keep up the IV drip of work email. I’m actually going to unplug. Well, not from the internet – what, are you crazy? – but from work, and more critically, from my own sense of self-importance at work. It feeds my ego to think that everything would just fall apart in my absence, but of course it’s not true; and if it is true, then my team has bigger problems than my taking a vacation.

So off I go, to explore some trails and to explore myself. I’m so excited =)


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