Monday, June 15, 2009

Sometimes You Just Gotta Know When To Runaway

I've been a bit of a funk lately. This probably comes as no surprise to those of you who have read my blog for a while. I haven't come out and said it, in fact it's what I haven't said--or more accurately, what I haven't written. My blog posts have been pretty sporadic and just not me.

I had planned to go to BlogHer in the end of July. I bought a ticket before they sold out in March. I reserved a room at the uber expensive Chicago Sheraton. I thought by spending all this money I couldn't really afford to spend it would get me "back in the groove." But the more I thought about spending all that money the worse I felt. And when I really thought about going to BlogHer and what excited me the most, it was the train ride from the airport to the part of town where the hotel was located. Uh, yeah. Not a good sign. But in my defense, I've never rode a train so it was kind of exciting.

Of course, it doesn't help that Julia has left me for 2 weeks. She flew to Nashville on Saturday to go see her bestie in Franklin and to attend an arts camp for kids. I'm thrilled for her but I miss her when she's gone. As full as our house is, when one person is missing I really notice it.

So on Saturday afternoon I was standing in the Southwest airlines check in line with Julia with Emma and I could feel something deep inside me stirring. What in the world? As we got closer and closer to the check in counter it got stronger and stronger until I realized what it was. I wanted to go somewhere. I needed to go somewhere. I must truly be part gypsy because after I've been home for awhile I need to go somewhere new.

You get to go somewhere in July, I told myself. You get to go to BlogHer.

I don't want to go to BlogHer came my reply.

Thank goodness Southwest airlines didn't know they were providing this self analysis or they might have charged us extra when I checked Julia in.

Julia got checked in and Emma and I escorted her through security with my pass to take an Unaccompanied Minor to the gate. Showing my id, taking off our shoes, putting our stuff through the xray machine didn't help my need to fly away somewhere (seriously, who gets excited going through security???) As I sat and listened to Julia's exited chatter about her trip I realized what I needed. I didn't need to go to BlogHer to get my groove back. I needed to go on an adventure.

So how does a mother of six with no money do this? Where there's a will, there's a way. And I knew where I would go. I would go see a friend.

I went home and promptly emailed Carey from Life in the Carpool Lane. We had talked about getting together this summer and we had left off with Carey probably coming to see me in August. I emailed: What if I come to you? I could come the weekend of BlogHer. A phone call came next, and another phone call to my mom, and before I knew it I canceled my BlogHer ticket and my expensive Chicago hotel and bought a plane ticket to Los Angeles for June 18.

I'm leaving in 3 days.

Emma's coming with me and turns 2 in July. It made sense to try to go before her birthday and not buy her a ticket. With any luck at all no one will want to sit next to the screaming child on our Southwest flights. You see, I plan to pinch her as everyone is boarding. (Okay, not really, but you have to admit it's a good plan.) So to go and come back before July 10th I had to go this coming weekend. Everything just fell into place so easily for this to happen. My mom is watching Jenna and Ryan who want to go to Grandma's NOW, Julia is in Tennessee, the boys are self sufficient and Emma's coming with me.

Talk about sudden! But I'm so glad it's working out this way. I don't want to wait, I want to go now, I need to go now. Although There's Always Room For One More is my motto, I have another less publicized one as well: If it ain't crazy, it ain't Swank. The suddeness of it all does seem crazy, but it also seems so right. I am beyong excited and it now seems obvious that this is what I really need.

I'm bringing my laptop, my camera, my USB cord to transfer my pictures and I'm bringing Emma. Enough said. Expect some blog posts while I'm gone.


Mom2Three said...

I love you.
Have a GREAT time!!!!!

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

I'm doing a little happy dance right now!

I've been so worried about how to keep my boys entertained all summer...who knew that I just needed to have you come out?!?!?! Logan is excited to buy Emma some strawberries and Jack wants to buy her some pink roses.

Oh, and my can take that little "I'm going to Blogher" button off your blog. Blogher's loss is my gain!

Anita said...

Denise, it think all of this was a wonderful idea! I'm thinking of you and praying you get out of your funk. You are way too much fun to read and blog with..........we need you to be happy woman! Take care.

JD said...


Good for you, for not only hearing your intuition, but listening to it, following through, and doing something FOR YOU.

I plan on visiting Carey too someday when DH's company gets their act in gear and flies us out there to look at houses -- funny, but we have a credit with the airlines too, and they're for a trip to LA.

Can't wait to hear all about it, from both of you (and the kids!).

ROCK ON!!!!!!!!

Brandy said...

I'm so excited for you! I know you'll have a great time, and maybe THIS will be exactly what you need.

Of course you could have came to VA, but I won't whine about it...

...cause I know November is just around the corner.

Kristin said...

That sounds so exciting, Denise! I bet you will have an awesome time and I can't wait to hear all about it!! I hope it will be just what you need to get out of your funk. :)

Have a safe trip and a wonderful time!!

The Johnson 5 said...

I'm so happy for you!!

Denise is getting her groove back!

Have you seen How Stella got her grove back?

Now if I can just find you a Taye Diggs look a like :)

But seriously, I want to hang with you girls!!

So we will have to make this a "starting something new" trip!

Hey I think I just had an idea!!

The Royal Family said...

So glad to hear why you've been a little MIA, I am happy to hear you get to go on a vaca and are excited. Sometimes that's the perfect remedy. I need one, but that's not going to happen, so live it up for both of us would ya?

See you!

{Katie Lane} said...

I love sporadic things that just fall into place. All the major choices in my life have been this way and I have never regretted it :)

Darcie said...

I came over from Carey's blog and hope its ok that I hopped on as a follower!

Sounds like you will have some exciting few days to look forward to. I remember from the youngest of age, when I would go to an airport it brought out the travel lust in me as well. Enjoy your little get away!

Joan said...

How great that you listened to your inner voice and found what you needed!

Tammy Howard said...

I'm a gypsy, too. I have no doubt of this.

A spontaneous adventure! So awesome!

CaraBee said...

Well, I'm a teensy bit disappointed because I was hoping I would get to meet you at Blogher, but I totally understand. Have an amazing trip!

Angel said...


Nothing like a change of scenery to get your groove back!

Jill said...

I am...jealous!!! CAN I COME TO LA TOO?!?!?!? I do so hope you have the best time...I will be checking in on you and Emma on this adventure!

~Katie said...

Good for you girl!!! You rock! And if you want I will spy on Julia while she is here. Will she be at the Mcay's pool? Just let me know and I will put on my inspector gadget gear! :) HAVE FUN IN LA!!!!

mommy4life said...

Sometimes spontaneaity is best!

Shari U said...

I hope you & Miss Emma have a wonderful trip!

Christina said...

Terrific Denise! I hope you all have a great time. Relax and enjoy!