The absolute No. 1, 2, & 3 reasons to live in the Northeast is the ability to leave.
Just pick up for the weekend and leave wherever you are to be somewhere else, but then come back renewed and refreshed and ready to tackle life again.
Our corner of the Northeast is prime location, we’re central to all* the places I’d rather be, the places my hyperactive soul can disappear to for a hot second without actually having to commit to giving up my job and friends and family and life.
*Most places, I should say. We are not central, for example, to the Napa Valley bachelorette weekend I will be missing out on because it is, in fact, not central.
And disappearing for a hot second to take a quick pause from the sometimes grueling demands from jobs, kids, lawn maintenance, etc. is crucial to maintain sanity. In our house we are usually in need of a sanity-boost.
I have a very high standard when it comes to lawn presentation.
So we said ”um yes plz!” to friends on Cape Cod who invited us out for a quick session of togetherness. Ohhhh that sweet sweet sea air; the squatty, scraggly trees. Even a quick trip is a time of rejuvenation.
We hit our favorite breakfast spot where we usually find our favorite cranberry and blueberry scone; we ran through the woods (future post idea: tell the people about our newest dumb adventure commitment), and snuggled the h*ck out of a few pups.
It was A-okay.
But that’s not to say things didn’t go off-kilter a tad. Like a not-bringing-a-bathing-suit-to-a sleepy-beach-community tad.
Because I felt rushed while packing I over-over-thought. See if you can follow:
- Weather forecast showed 60 degrees and cloudy
- This is not ideal bathing suit weather
- The ocean is cold
- I will not be in the ocean
- We are only going to be there for two days
- This can’t possibly be enough bathing suit activity time
- Bathing suit not necessary
But the weather shifted.
And our friends had just installed a hot tub.
And you can always just sit on a beach in a bathing suit without actually getting in the water.
Packing fail. I should have followed my normal routine:
- Is there a chance it will happen?
- Pack it
Did I still enjoy myself?
Do I have weird tan lines?
Am I going to learn a lesson?
Like, pack an article of clothing for every possible weather condition because we live in the Northeast and can potentially experience freezing cold and blistering hot all in one day? YES. Yes I am.