I must admit I have been a bit distracted the last couple of weeks. There is the usual pre-Christmas chaos we all go through, which honestly hasn’t been that bad this year. I did finally finish the book I was putting together about my Nana, and it came back from the printers. The youngest and I have been working on her application to join the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Now yes, I am English. So it would seem a little odd for me to promote this, but let bygones be bygones I say. After all, that was ages ago, and history. Today is today, and my daughter’s ancestry is full of patriotic history to be proud of. So we are in the process of gathering the documentation. Those who know me know that when I get into a genealogical search I get a bit like Sherlock Holmes. I am driven, and a bit nuts until I solve the puzzles. I literally had to pull myself away from an unresolved situation when I realized I hadn’t sent out Christmas cards yet. In fact, just thinking about it now makes me want to start looking afresh. Yes, it is an addiction for me, I admit it!
The other thing that has been occupying my time is planning next summer. When our son and the wild child graduated from high school, as their graduation gifts we gave them a trip to Europe to see where they came from. Now that it will soon be time for the youngest, she didn’t want to go alone. I, of course, being the loving and caring mother I am, will suffer and go with her (said with much sarcasm, lol). We have decided that because we don’t have a time restraint, and we do not want to do the ‘touristy’ thing, we want to ‘experience’ where we go. So we are looking at B & B rentals and more budget friendly ideas. Spending about 3-4 weeks in England (west of London area), then a train trip through the Chunnel to Germany for a few days to see where some of Hubby’s ancestors came from. We even discovered that if you do it right you can actually fly to England by way of Iceland for almost the same price. That makes me a bit nervous, going somewhere completely foreign with no one I know there. But, then I think about the experience. When would we ever get to go to Iceland again? We should jump at the opportunity when we can. So, if anyone reading this has any advice for us, please let me know.
The youngest and I are both taking our cameras on our adventure next summer. So I have been consulting the masters, as in reading and watching seminars and tutorials by master photographers. I have been thrilled to learn that on my trip to Arizona I was already doing a number of the things on the lists of the top Travel Photographers. Two of the pictures I took at the Chapel in Sedona are perfect examples. Now the next step is a bigger camera bag, and new luggage for both of us. I am afraid my big bag came home from Arizona with a split zipper. So it will not be making another flight.
What is the moral of this post? Yes, I am meandering a bit . . . This past year (or so) has been full of many different adventures. I have done more things, been more places, and put myself out there. When I look back I am pretty proud of myself. I didn’t just think about how cool it would be, I actually did it. There were some things I didn’t do, that now I wish I had. But what that has taught me is that next time I won’t be so hesitant to say ‘yes’. Most importantly to say ‘yes’ to myself. Because that is the most important person to convince. You have to know within yourself that you can do it first. Even if you don’t really know if you can. So I guess we will go to Iceland, because I know we can do it!