July 29, 2020

Getting Ready for Vacation

I have to keep this super short, because we are busy doing laundry and packing and getting things ready to go up north to my sister's place.

Jeanie and Shawn (my sister and her husband) live in Illinois, but they have property in the upper peninsula of Michigan. We went there a few years ago for the fourth of July. Since we had to cancel all of our travel plans for this year due to COVID, we thought we could at least do a mini-vacation up north.

I'm not an outdoorsy person by any means, but the boys really love it up there and I'd love to spend some time with Jeanie and Shawn. The last time I was there, I spent most of my time with Luke (who was just four months old at the time) or lying in my hammock reading a book. It was also fun to play cornhole and to sit around the campfire. (Look how little Eli was! And me... I would kill to look that thin again!)

In order to get in my two workouts tomorrow, I have to wake up at 3:30 AM to walk on the treadmill! Yikes. It's a 9-10 hour drive, so I think when the kids are ready to eat, Jerry will take them somewhere to eat and I'll do my second 45-minute walk. Then we'll finish the drive. (I SO wish that I could walk over the Mackinac Bridge! But it's only open to pedestrians once a year for a registered walk/run.)

I am really worried about leaving the kittens alone. They are so used to us being here! We do have a house sitter/pet sitter (although Joey's coming with us) so the kittens won't be totally alone. But still, I just hope they don't get sad or think we're not coming back. Phoebe and Estelle are used to it, so I'm not worried about them.

I bought two 2.5-gallon jugs of water to bring with us so I can refill my water bottle and get in my gallon each day. (Jeanie has bottled water, but I certainly don't want to use that many water bottles--so I just bought a couple of big jugs.)

Anyways, I hate to cut this off now, but I have lots to pack. We're only going for a few days, but I need to come up with several pairs of exercise clothing--and I don't have much that still fits me. (Some of it is getting looser, though!)

I'm going to try to prepare some posts that will automatically publish over the next few days so that I'll for sure get in a blog post every day (I really don't want to break my blogging streak). Cell service up there is sketchy, so I don't know if I'll be able to blog while I'm there.

I'm also going to try to clear out some of my inbox during the long drive (obviously while Jerry is driving). Ten hours is a long time to get some things done!


  1. You are doing a great job doing the 75 hard! So impressed that you are getting up at 3:30 for your first workout.

  2. Have a great time with your family. I am in Montana for two weeks with my dad. I love the cooler weather (I live in TX) and I am enjoying my time fly fishing!

  3. Have fun! There is nothing that beats a midwest summer weekend up north! I live in Wisconsin and we frequently travel north during the summer. The lakes, the campfires, nature, just the beauty of the sunsets, you can't beat it! Can't wait to hear about it! Good for you keeping up your streak while on vacation too!

  4. Enjoy and have fun Katie!


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