The Husband and I got back from our "Mystery Vacation" yesterday. We left on Sunday. It was short but we packed a lot into those few days! Hubby only planned a place for us to stay; everything else we did was on a whim. I am SO not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of person, but I have to admit it was very fun! I wish the weather had been more cooperative (it was cold, overcast and rainy until yesterday when we came home!). But we made the most of it and had a great time. We put 670 miles on our truck on the trip :)
We stayed in Bellaire, MI but went all over. We went to Sleeping Bear Dunes and the surrounding areas and we also went to Charlevoix and Petoskey and drove through the Tunnel of Trees from Harbor Springs to Cross Village. Absolutely beautiful, even if it was kind of yucky out!
This picture was taken at Sleeping Bear Dunes. It was SO windy that I just closed my eyes, pointed my phone and hit the button, hoping I'd get a good shot! We had sand all over us (it even flew down the back of our shirts!) so I was quite happy to discover I got this awesome shot!
This shot was taken at the pier in Charlevoix. I had to wait a couple minutes to get the waves crashing up but I am quite pleased with this pic (especially because I took it on my cell phone!).
We had such a good time, despite the crappy weather. The B&B we stayed at was absolutely amazing with awesome hosts, great food and fun company. I definitely plan to go there again some day!
To end our short vacation, today we went to a paint studio I went to last month for a "wine and canvas" type event....they have open paint certain days and The Husband and I made a reservation to go. We were the only ones there so that was kind of fun. When I was there before I saw a cute octopus that I knew would look awesome with my ocean animals theme. I am SO not artistic by any stretch of the imagination...but I had fun at the event I went to and talked hubby into coming along with me as a "last hurrah" before I go back to school officially. I think the bottom of the octopus looks funny but seriously....for someone who is totally not artistically inclined and the fact that I did this free hand, I think it turned out really good!
Now it is back to reality...tomorrow is the first staff day! Eek! How did that happen? I feel overwhelmed by all of the things I want to do...but most of them are WANT, not NEED so I have to take a few breaths and just relax! I have all weekend and all of next week to get my ducks in a row. Plus, in reality, my first week plans are written and my students' desks are all set (except for pencils). So I have nothing to really fret over. I just need to breathe and take it easy and not drive myself insane trying to be Super Lady.
We have lots of meetings Friday, Monday and Tuesday (and I get to train the staff in Synergy on Monday morning...woot!) and then Wednesday is the opening staff meeting and Open House. So I will work all weekend prepping the last minute things because my next grad class begins on Sunday and I have meetings and appointments on Monday and Tuesday after school. Nothing like jumping right back into it, right?? :)