I was going to take a “beginning the adventure selfie” but all my attempts have failed and I feel extremely Basic White Girl so instead please enjoy this snapshot of the books I packed for the summer!
I tried to pick things I could really chew on and re-read since I will have limited/no access to books. I am looking forward to these!
There are two words that have never been used to describe me: athletic or outdoorsy. This is so patently obvious to those who know me that I can’t think of a way to stress how ridiculous my traipsing off to Idaho must seem. It is crazy. I’m the girl who has never worn sports shorts in her life, now I own enough to get me through a week easily. I’ve stocked up on sports bras and flannel and even considered buying chacos. I’m going to spend a summer without books or K Dramas or Facebook messenger. It is insanity!
And yet…I’m excited. This is so not me that it is going to be a crazy, new adventure. I’m going to face my fears, be separated from my comforts, and hopefully grow in my walk with God. I’m going to learn new skills. For three months, I get to step away from everything and try something different.
At the risk of sounding cliche, I’m also excited to find a new side of myself. I’ve been defined by my job for so long that I looking forward to discovering who else I can be. Who is Amy when you stick her 45 minutes from civilization and throw a cabin full of kids at her? My hope is that she will be someone who learns to live more fully in the present.
Am I slightly terrified beginning this new adventure? Definitely. But I am also super excited. It isn’t quite backpacking across the Himalayas, but camp in Idaho for the summer is going to be a really fun, challenging experience.
Guess who just returned her rental car? This girl! No dents, dings, or damage…or fee for before under 25 which I am still very excited about.
I was a little too paranoid about getting to the airport on time. I do not even have a gate yet. I did have a lovely morning, however. I went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2! It definetely exceeded my admittedly limited expectations. I loved the first one and the second movie does a great job continuing to develop the characters without making it feel like they are backtracking. This isn’t a rehash of the first movie…it really feels like an original, reasonable adventure that the Guardians would have. Thank goodness for the break in origin stories! (And new heroes.) By the end, I might have even shed tears. Maybe. You can’t prove anything.
Last night after blogging I went out for Indian food which was fun DESPITE the judgemental looks I got from my waitress for needing more water to eat my mild masala. It was so good, though!
My adventures are now coming to an end. This was a fun, worthwhile trip. Now to find a corner to nap in before my flight takes off…
Today was very…long. I toured a law school, drove for over 3 hours in pouring rain, and attended a friend’s wedding rehearsal. I know there are many stories to be told but I can’t seem to focus on any of them. I am so sleepy!
My Air BnB experience was fun but I am glad to be in a hotel room right now where I don’t have to worry about social nuances…like whether or not it is rude to not socialize with my host. I assume it differs in each situation but…
More about that later! Probably. When I am not typing on a phone.
Anyway, sleep calls. Goodnight, y’all!
Today I did something new and extremely intimidating. I rented a car. I have had a rental car for work before but have never rented one for private use. I was so nervous of something happening I drove like a Grandma for the three hour trip from the airport to Lexington, VA.
No seriously, I added 30 minutes to my trip driving here.
Getting the rental car took way longer than I expected but they didn’t charge me for being under 25…so that is a perk.
I am at an Air BnB right now which is so far a pleasant experience. My host has been very kind. I will provide more thoughts once this trip is over. Tomorrow I am touring Washington and Lee’s Law School!
Half asleep I started chasing a day dream about a blog post idea when I realized…I didnt blog yet today! Scary!
I am home safe. It was a short but fun visit to MN. I enjoyed the solo road trip to and from and made a serious dent in my audio book (Bleak House by Charles Dickens). It was lovely to see old friends and reminisce about former adventures.
Sometimes, it is nice just to get away and reevaluate.