vacation anticipation

March 5, 2010

destination: away from it all
tara parker-pope’s recent ny times well blog on vacation happiness struck a chord with me.

in her blog entry, she referred to a dutch study which found that ‘vacation anticipation’ increased happiness levels for 8 weeks prior to a trip. while people were happy on their vacations, the only people who found their post-vacation happiness levels boosted at all were those who found their trips ‘very relaxing.’

i completely agree that a substantial part of the joy of a vacation is in the planning/anticipation phases! for josh and me, one of our favorite date-night conversation topics is where we will go together on our next week off. the promise of a solid block of time together without the demands of work in the way? important for both our relationship, and our individual psyches.

and in line with the study findings, ‘very relaxing’ is exactly how i like my vacations to be. josh used to be more of a see-how-much-you-can-cram-into-each-day sort of traveler, but since residency fatigue has taken its toll, he’s begun to see things my way.

even if we won’t necessarily be DOING too much, the planner in me gets extra excited about figuring out the details of a vacation! caroline‘s color-coded notecards for her upcoming disney trip may have made some of her readers laugh, but i TOTALLY GET IT. not only will it be fun to carry out her carefully-laid plans, but there is so much joy to be found in making them in the first place! the only caveat is to avoid being disappointed if things don’t work out 100% [torrential rain, a cancelled flight, or a poorly-timed case of gastroenteritis can put a wrench into anyone’s plans, FAST].

so: i promise i have a point to all this! somehow, it got to be march and we have a week of vacation at the end of may that we really didn’t have figured out. we will be attending a wedding in cincinnati for the first weekend (yay!) but may 31 – june 6 were a black box. several ideas were tossed around: montreal? nashville?

but i decided that finishing residency and turning 30 warranted a more spectacular venture. after approximately 10 minutes of discussion (with josh’s blessing, of course), i had done this:

straight from ohio to . . . st. maarten!
i’m already packing this suitcase in my head

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workout: 6 miles on the TM, 0.5% incline, with 3.5 miles at tempo (8:00/mi) pace

cooking somewhat light: half-and-half and sausage? not necessarily ‘light’ by my standards, but i suppose it’s all in the proportions! labels aside, this ellie krieger recipe for vegetable soup with sausage from the march 2010 issue was delicious. josh especially loved it.

served with my mother’s ridiculously amazing cheese bread. THANKS MOM!!


  • Reply Kristina March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    That&#39s so funny – I&#39m just about to write about "trip vs. vacation". We always do "trips", rarely a vacation, but I think we are going to need a vacation in the next year or so.
    Just started reading your blog, and love the mix of topics. I think there are tons of sites that are very much focused on "healthy lifestyle" (which has an array of meanings), so it&#39s great to see a mix here.

  • Reply Anna March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Ooohh, that trip is sure to be both fun and relaxing! Have a blast planning 🙂 (Just like I don&#39t like to do the chores around the house, I&#39m also not the planner in the marriage!)

  • Reply atilla March 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    ooh st maarten I&#39m jealous and it seems relaxing and sipping cocktails and lounging in the sun and maybe a little diving would be about what there is to do. sounds like relaxing

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