Random Thoughts: The Anxious Tourist

Something I neglected to mention yesterday is that I am an anxious traveler. I sound all confident & shit in yesterday’s post, but I am, rather, hyper organized to the point of panic attacks. I should get a prescription for Xanax just for traveling purposes.

And the length of the trip doesn’t matter. Even running to Erie for the weekend can cause palpitations. (It probably contributed to this fun.) It’s definitely one of my least attractive traits. Just ask DearDR.


In case you were wondering, yes, we are going to (attempt to) drive all night. DearDR says he’s up for it, and I believe him. And I trust him.

And, you know, they have these things called hotels if we decide we have to stop. It’ll be cool. What may suck? I don’t sleep so well in cars (also have a strong dislike of driving — driving, not riding — at night). Saturday is going to find DearDR and me very tired with (we hope) two children who have slept all night in the car. Hmm. Challenging.


Since we are staying someplace with a kitchen, I am planning on cooking the majority of our dinners. Aside from mac’n’cheese for the kids (at least once!), I am not sure what I want to throw together. I figure I’ll make a point of getting DearDR plenty of fresh seafood (duh). But I don’t know what to plan for the week. You would think I would have some ideas, but… coming up short.

The manager at the place we are staying mentioned a grocery store with “lots of organic”. Maybe I’ll just wait to see what’s available, and go from there.


It’s Thursday. Both kids still fever-free (knocks very hard on wood). I had a scare yesterday morning when Bun woke up crying at 6 a.m. But her temp was normal. When I asked if she had a bad dream, she said yes. And she fell right back to sleep in bed with me.

Some days, there is nothing sweeter than a few morning minutes next to a sleeping toddler.

I called my insurance company just in case the girls get sick on our “change of scene”. We’re covered in case of emergency, of course. Turns out, even if one of the girls just has a fever, finding a doctor shouldn’t be too difficult. I feel good about that, and I’m glad I called. And their customer service person was awesome. So that’s taken care of.

Edited to add: I wrote this last night. Bun woke up with a fever this morning. CRAP! I hope the doctor fits us in. I’m ready to argue my case. Bloody hell.

I guess it’s better it happened today, rather than Saturday morning. But it’s still a pain!


I haven’t exactly decided what to do with this here ‘blog while I’m away. My original thought was to just post a daily picture of the trip. According to the manager, though, the cottage we are in has spotty wi-fi. She mentioned there were plenty of hot spots around town, though.

I could schedule some things ahead of time, but they would probably have to be re-posts. I don’t have a week’s worth of material stored up.

I may just say, “See ya until next week.” That would blow Blog365 out of the window. C’est la vie.

The last thing I need is more anxiety.

What do you think I should do?

8 thoughts on “Random Thoughts: The Anxious Tourist

  1. realize that your trip will have elements of life, ie. things do not go perfect, so just roll with it and have fun. don’t overplan to the point that you stress because it is not happening according to the plan. a little concern with starting day one in a new place with wide awake kids and exhausted parents, but it can be done if you are aware that that is what you adults choose. relax, love being with you travel companions, and enjoy to change of scenery. be safe xoxo

    • It’s the planning to leave that I find so stressful. Once we’re somewhere, I pretty much roll with what is going on. It’s nice to be able, on this trip, to see what there is to do, and decide to do it — or not. I’m looking forward to seeing the Cape through my children’s eyes.

      Thanks for the comment, dad p. love,

  2. You could definitely find Walgreens Take Care Clinics on your trip. I highly endorse for the “what is ::this:: fever?!?” adventures.

    Looking forward to your pictures!!

  3. Don’t stress about the blog. Although I look forward to reading you each morning, a project like Blog365 should be done because you enjoy it not because you feel like you need to finish it if it kills you. I, of course, expect daily updates to resume upon your return.

    “Some days, there is nothing sweeter than a few morning minutes next to a sleeping toddler.” I can believe it. I feel the same about my infant. The other night when he slept through the night for the first time I was a little sad not to get to wake up with him and witness his first morning stretch (although I had been happy not to have to bring him to bed in the middle of the night).

    • That’s the thing; I do really enjoy posting daily. I enjoy the exercise and discipline of writing every day (even if some days it’s a video day). I would like to post a picture every day next week — I just don’t want it to be a giant pain. So if I “disappear” suddenly next week, know it was too big a bother, and not because I’m not enjoying blogging. And I will definitely return — probably with lots to tell.

      Enjoy the critter. It is nice when they start sleeping through the night on their own. And don’t worry — if my kids are any indication, around three years old, he will seek your bed again for a bit at night.


  4. I hope the trip goes well. Don’t let yourself get too worked up! I know vacations with kids can never be TRULY relaxing, but maybe it can be SLIGHTLY relaxing.

    If you disappear, we’ll miss you, but will totally understand. If it’s too big of a hassle to post everyday and it is just going to increase your anxiety? It’s not worth it! (But maybe you can at least schedule a few posts from what you already have and a few totally random picture posts/whatever else to fill in the time and not blow 365?)

    Also: I tagged you in a meme. Feel free to ignore it if you want to ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Dude, you are going to Cape Cod for a week. YOU ARE LUCKY. Relaxation should simply stem from the fact that you are going some place cool. All the rest is gravy.

    What the heck is up with the chronic fevers? Ears still?

    Blog…hmmmm. I love reading your stuff but I am willing to let you go for seven days so you can enjoy some QT with DearDR and the munchkins.

    Remember to actually have some fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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