A friend of mine, Singer Girl, has invited me to the beach for a week. Given my current freaking out about the financial aid situation, my first instinct is to not go. However, this trip will only cost me the food I eat and the beverages I drink. That's it. Nothing else. She's got the place to stay, she's covering transportation and despite the fact that I live in a Gulf State, I haven't put my toes in the white sand of the Alabama or Florida beaches in almost 2 1/2 years!
I completely trust the Princess to stay on her own for a week -- however, she's not 100% comfortable doing that, so I've asked my niece to stay with her on the overnight part. This would also let us avoid having to board Thing 1 and Thing 2 and my plants and veggies will be watered. My niece can do it, except for a couple of nights so we will have to figure those nights out.
I know that this trip will involve quite a few restaurant meals --- Singer Girl likes to eat out mostly. I will have to be very careful about what I order when we are out to keep control of the costs. I see a LOT of salads in my future that week!
So, I'm going. I'm going to put my toes in the sand of the Gulf Beaches. I'm going to sit on the edge of the water in my beach chair with a good book while the waves lap at my toes. I'm going to walk on the water's edge and daydream about the future. I'm going to slather on sunscreen and enjoy all that the white sandy beaches offer. I cannot freaking wait!!!!!!