Winter Doldrums, Upcoming Travels

February 7, 2008

I leave this weekend for Kansas.    A lovely state, really, with much to offer.   Yes, there are many flat parts.   There are also some lovely hilly rolling terrain parts.


I think what makes the flat parts feel so especially flat are the endless fields.  and NO TREES.    Oh, Kansas has trees.   Just not the kind that hide roads and Walmarts.   For THOSE kinds of trees, we enjoy New England.    You can’t see anything from the highways around here…

It’s cold and damp in my part of New England.   Dreary, gray, and depressing.    [and no, I’m not hungover.  I didn’t drink THAT many beers during Project Runway last night!   It’s just that I’m really focusing on cutting down, doing pretty good at that goal, and now I’m turning into a lightweight.    So when Hub is OOT, well…   one too many perhaps.   But I’m home, not out driving anywhere, and taking in lots of clean cold water, as well.   In fact, I’m proud to announce that I jumped on the treadmill ~ 7 am this morning and went 2.5 mile.   so there.]

 We fly out tomorrow and have one stop in a part of the country that had airports closed on Wednesday due to snow.   I’m thinking it will all be worked out by Friday.  Hope.

Then, later this month, Hub and I ‘take a HOLIDAY’!   I’m very excited to show off my somewhat svelter bod to the lads of Central America;  we’re going to Costa Rica and will be zip-lining, sport fishing, jungle touring, etc.    SUN!    WARMTH!    It’ll be a good time.   [woo hoo!  I only lost 1 pound in January but I lost an inch around my hips, waist, thighs!??!   whatever, it’s cool.  or I don’t know how to measure.  snort.]


After that?    I want to visit my Mother-In-Law.   and she wants me to visit her so I can help them go through years and years and boxes and boxes of crap.   They are moving from the farm to a smaller dwelling and….  omg.   It ain’t gonna be pretty.    I won’t be much help – I will be wanting to hear every story and probably squeal with delight at the treasures!     I can only imagine the decades of vintage sewing patterns AND FABRICS that she has stored away!    She calls it her ‘fibbermcgee’ closet.   I really don’t know what that means but I do know it has 40+ years of collections!  


I so bet that they will end up throwing things away that the ebay world love to get their hands on.    They are planning an auction, but still….       What treasures will be tossed into the smelly rubbish container that is soon to sit in the driveway?   It’s best I not think about it.  It’s not that I want any of this junk treasure…   I hope we get back for the auction only to show support, if nothing else.    I think it’s scary for my in-laws.  I know it.

And we have babies due to be born in March!   (no, not me.)  and we have… relatives in Colorado we should visit…   and my wonderful great aunt in Florida would love to have me come see her (and bring her beer – she’s so fun!)

Crap.   I need an income.   Such a drag.



  1. Wow, you’ve got some traveling coming up! Costa Rica sounds like it will so much fun. I hope you’re going to take photos to share with us. We want to see you zip-lining, and posing with some game fish.

  2. Sure, I’ll be taking pics! But for my next post, I hope to show off some Kansas landscape beauty. We’ll see… I need an excuse – inspiration – to get into my new camera!

  3. Yes, definitely show photos of Kansas. I have no idea what it looks like, and I’d love to see.

  4. Wow! All of those plans sound exciting! I second the request for photos. 🙂 Have a great time in Kansas.

    Thanks! We had a lovely time in Kansas… photos won’t be too exciting. Winter in Kansas = very little color…

  5. My daughter and her dad went to Costa Rica a few years ago. They loved it. They did all that walking in the clouds stuff and zip-lining and volcanoes. They had a blast. Don’t know much about Kansas except Dorothy lived there and got swirled away to Oz.

    and Dorothy was excited to get back to Kansas, too, wasn’t she. 🙂

  6. I drove through Kansas a couple times. It seems like a lonely and depressing place. I guess the place is the origin of the phrase “a place to nowhere”.

    Ah, must remember… Where ever you are, is a state of mind! Kansas has it’s lovely spots but you don’t see them when driving through… Must stop and smell the flowers, yes? I also like to say… that Eastern Colorado is just as boring but no one ever says that state is lonely and depressing! That said, I am always impressed with people who say they’ve been to Kansas. 🙂

  7. It’s is snowing for like the millionth time in the last week in Toronto Canada, hence I sighed heavily at your Costa Rica mention… 😉

    @Romi, I know – it’s yucky here today, too. snow, rain, cold, wind. But I get to laugh at all your amazing stories and this warms me right up! You are fabulously funny.

  8. […] treasures.   I wrote a post on that;  click here to read through those thoughts…     here           And, alas – so sad, I won’t immediately be visiting all the other awesome […]

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