Monday, August 18, 2008

Weekend ABC's - W is for Wants, Writers & Wishes

Ok, first of all.  How ridiculously CUTE is this birthday card from my little sister (through Big Brothers & Big Sisters)?  

Second of all, the rest of the card was WIDE OPEN white space, which I think is even MORE adorable.  Because lately?  I understand that feeling of wanting to cram everything in.  Even though you may not necessarily need to.

A couple of weeks ago I put together a rough draft of an itinerary for Paris.  It helped me get the lay of the land, highlight what was most important to me and to make sure I had enough time to write, sketch, drink wine and eat baguettes until my ass requires its own passport to spill over into Germany.  

I stepped back and realized I had us seeing ALL of Paris in a day and a half.  It wasn't due to a lack of things to see, it was due to a lack of wanting to WAIT to see them.  I didn't want to wait until day 5 (!) to see the Louvre.  Wait until TWO HOURS after I land to see the Eiffel Tower?  And don't even get me started on having to WAIT to get to the Ile Saint Louis which has existed in my dreams of Paris since I was a wee tike reading about Madeline walking across the Pont Neuf and falling into the Seine.  I almost asked the CAR service that's picking me up from the airport if they had a HELICOPTER available for a quick spin around the city instead?  And can it land on TOP of the Eiffel Tower? 

Patience?  I SO have it. 

Luckily I rebounded quickly and adjusted the itinerary to be more accommodating of important things like food ... and sleep ... and maybe ENJOYMENT of a VACATION.  At least I thought I had adjusted it until Mrs. Bob rightfully wondered if seeing the Louvre, its nearby garden and getting in line for another museum by 12:30 p.m. was a bit too ambitious.  (We should totally make it like 1 p.m. right Bobby?)

And then this weekend, I started getting everyone's guest blog posts.  And I felt the same way AGAIN!   I want to post them RIGHT NOW!  And okay if I can't do it RIGHT NOW, how about NOW?  Now?  Okay, what about NOW?  Okay, how about ALL of them the first day I leave?  

Trying to figure out how to space these babies out is PAINFUL, they're all SO good and SO very much the embodiment of the people that wrote them.  You guys are in for a TREAT.  I know they're going to bring smiles to your faces, just like they've done mine.

I wish I could be a little fly over your shoulder as you read their posts and are introduced for the first time to some of my favorite people.  Because then you will realize, what I have known all along, that I in NO way would be the SSG without them.  

(P.S.  The SSG is hoping that this same philosophy of not having to CRAM things in due to the abundance of SPACE still applies when it comes to her suitcase.)


Bella Della said...

Sorry, doesn't apply to suitcases! I know that feeling. It's what I do every single weekend- cram, cram, cram- when I just need to relax. I can't wait to read the guest blogs. Of couse you will be soooo missed!

Big Hair Envy said...

While you are in Paris you need to just sit back and enjoy the ride....much like life!!! I was going to ask you to drink some wine and eat some baguettes and cheese for me, but....since your butt is already flowing over into Germany....maybe just a sip of wine? Hahahahaha!

Can't wait to see what your site has in store during your absence. Of course, it won't be the same without you:(

(Sometimes!) Serendipitous Girl said...

TRUST me, I will have some fun, food and wine filled stories for you guys when I get back! Wish we could all go!

Anonymous said...

LIVE SISTER! That is all you have to plan. Like I said before, the city will take you in it's own will. Enjoy each moment without the stress of an agenda! Oh, and if you have a romantic interlude, I get the play by play in detail upon your arrival home! PROMISE?

(Sometimes!) Serendipitous Girl said...

Wah-da-tay, if I have a romantic interlude, I will be broadcasting live from France with a play by play!