Yup. I’m actually going to go somewhere non work related and do things that do not require any type of calculation! I’m going to Illinois!
Okay, it’s not the go-to vacation destination most people have in mind, but I have a sister that I love dearly and hardly ever get to see, and that’s where she is (currently) living so it is the best possible place to go for ten days of fun and relaxation.
My sister and I didn’t always get along so well. When we were growing up, she was the annoying little brat who followed me all over the place and tattle-taled when I did something I wasn’t supposed to (which was most of the time) She’s three years younger than me and that’s huge when you’re eight and she is five. I was also secretly scared that she was cuter than I was and everyone liked her better. It never occurred to me that she got more attention because she was, well, younger than I was and more in need of help. I know, shallow but true.
As adults though, we get along just great. After years of perfunctory letters (before the age of emails and texting) we reconnected when our kids left home and we actually had time for ourselves. I think we were both surprised at how much we had in common after all that time spent living wildly different lives in geographically opposite sides of the planet.
She “gets” me better than anyone else on this ball of dirt we call Earth and is truly the one person who knows all about me and still likes me. She not only knows all about my two identities (author and normal citizen) but she edits my work for me. She is the pay-attention-to-detail one of us. She even knows where and when to use a comma. I just throw them in randomly and hope for the best! I can relax around her and just be myself. I’m not big on relaxing around people. I’m a bit of a loner, and much more likely to take my furry family and go hide somewhere if I want to relax.
I plan to take my shiny new laptop on holiday with me and write to my heart’s content with no intrusions from the serious side of my world. Cyborgs and shifters and critters of all shapes and sizes are just waiting for me to let them come out and play.
I can’t wait for this long overdue break from reality!