Fat Mogul vs. The Lack of Travel

one of the last pictures taken of us on vacation
one of the last pictures taken of us on vacation

I love to travel.  I’ve plastered that information all over this space.  In fact, if it weren’t for the fact that I have a wife and kids, I’m fairly certain I’d be a cross-country truck driver by now.  I’m very much a homebody on a normal day, but if I’m given the time and money, I’ll hop into a plane or car and go as far as the time and money will allow for as long as they will allow.

For the last 7 years or so, my wife and I have made it our tradition to go on at least two big trips a year.  Varying between South Carolina and Florida and then tossing in other locations, such as San Francisco, Las Vegas, Germany, etc, we have been slowly exploring this world.  Our kids haven’t really slowed us down that much.  In fact, our kids love to travel almost as much as we do.  Our road trip this past spring was filled with excitement from those two young ones who spent days locked into car seats as we fought to stay awake with out bodies being ravaged by Mono.  That was even before they found out we were going to be spending a week at Disney World.

So, as I sit in my office, spending yet another day working for the man, I began questioning why I was feeling so anxious already, even though winter hasn’t actually began (I typically get to feeling this way toward the end of winter).  That’s when I realized that we haven’t been on a trip since May.  The past few years have found us taking not only our two big trips, but also a number of smaller trips during the course of the summer.  We haven’t really left town (except for a few day trips into Minnesota) since we returned from our long road trip.

And I’m anxious….

Unfortunately, life has just gotten too busy and it’s not looking like a trip is in our near future.  Perhaps next spring, as my wife is eagerly planning a post-graduation trip (although I’m not sure she’s come up with any specifics), but that means we’ll have to make it through the long Wisconsin winter without that standard respite.

It’s sad, I know.  I’m sure you’re all feeling so incredibly sad for us right now that we don’t get TWO vacations during this calendar year.  I’m not whining, I promise.  In fact, this year has been filled with some amazing family time, even though we’ve been staying at home.  I just wanted to note my fidgeting fingers, which caused me to realize the reason.

But I do fear that my children have taken notice.  This is all they know, that we take off and spend a week together doing all sort of fun things two times a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.  Perhaps my daughter’s recent behavioral issues is due to the fact that this yearly tradition has been changed.  Perhaps my son’s inability to sleep past 5 is related to this as well.  Perhaps my overall exhaustion could be attributed to this also, although doubtful, since I generally get even less sleep on vacation than during my normal life.

However, winter is coming, and I have all sorts of plans on how we can make this winter a fun affair, so that we won’t suffer from the standard cabin fever that can occur.  And, there’s a ton of exciting stuff coming up in general, including the release of my new book, THE AGORA FILES (11/29/2013) and a week with my parents in town.

So, sure, we have to give up our fall vacation.  Boo hoo.  I just need to find a way to get my twitchy feet moving to doing something soon.  New experiences are the best way to fight Alzheimer’s you know.  And I am getting old 🙂

Alright, I’ve got a ton of stuff to take care of.  Hope you all have a great week!

Have fun out there!


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