Ahh, home sweet (chilly) home! Much cooler temps here than in Florida, but it’s still good to be here.
The last hotel on our tour was one of those places with exterior entries. Old people (a.k.a. my parents) seem to have a fondness for parking in front of their rooms. All I ask is that the room be clean and safe and have HGTV. I don’t care if I have to park a block away. At this hotel, I found myself with this view from my window:
No problem, I thought, I’ll have the curtains drawn anyway. But that made the small room even smaller. And I didn’t like the idea of listening to other people squelching their snack attacks all night while I munched on pistachios or apples. Again. So off I went to get a different room.
The new room was bigger and had a view of the parking lot, but if I stood in the corner on my tiptoes and no other cars were in the lot, I could see the gulf. Not ideal, but better than it was, and it wasn’t like I was going to live there anyway. Fitting, considering that’s basically my approach to the return to real life from a splurge-y and indulgent vacation.
Many of you already know I’m not one of those people who stays completely “on plan” while traveling. I try not to go buck wild, but I refuse to spend valuable vacation time counting calories or insisting we go only to my choice of restaurants. Thanks to the ubiquitous grilled chicken salad, I do okay, even if my “mostly healthy eating” slides into “frequently healthy eating” along the way. It’s vacation, and it’s meant to be enjoyed. Just as that hotel rooms wasn’t permanent, I know that that way of eating isn’t for the long term either. Not for me. Not anymore.
So now I’m home. The vacation indulgence curtain is closed, and I’ve changed rooms. From here, I see the return of “mostly healthy” to my daily diet and regular (and more vigorous) exercise to my schedule. It’s not a perfect view, since I’m not about to give up the occasional* brownie or cupcake treat, but it’s a whole lot better than it once was. I enjoy dipping a tippy toe in that other world, but this is where I want to live.
What are your vacation plans this year? Going anywhere exotic?
*Reminder to self: occasional does not mean daily.