When in Rome...

Monday, 27 August 2012

I can't remember if I've used this
picture before or not, but
I love it.

Today officially starts my 'Countdown to Rome'! 
In just a few days I will be braving European travel with two kids to spend what I hope will be 
an idyllic week in Rome. 

Who am I trying to kid? I have a 5 year old who has developed the most terrifying temper tantrums and a baby with reflux. I'm not really going on holiday. I'll just be mothering in another country. But I want-- I NEED-- a break. I need a bit of down time and magic. I need sunshine (we really don't get nearly enough in the UK) and swimming and just some time away from here.

No matter the weather or the tantrums or whatever, I will enjoy this vacation! It may be my last for a long time.Possibly my only trip abroad. If I get my way I'll be back in North Carolina next summer. In the meantime, I am going to use this vacation as a break from the 'I have to's'. You know, the 'I have to cook dinner' and 'I have to clean the bathrooms'. Don't get me wrong, I will have things I have to do, like laundry (it's inevitable when travelling with a baby with reflux) and bottles. But I won't be worrying about my final project for my linguistics class, I won't be vacuuming and polishing, and I won't be writing articles. 

I will write, though. I really want to work on my magical realism WIP and I think it will be just heavenly to curl up after a long day of sightseeing or lounging by the pool, when the kids are in bed, sipping wine and writing the stuff that I want to write. On my holiday I am going to write for me.

I'm going to start getting into the holiday spirit today. I am going to run my last couple of loads of laundry for a little over a week (Yay!). I'm going to pack for me and Baby Bug (I think the hubby is packing for Monster). I'm going to sort out my jewellery and make up and toiletries. I'm going to find my travel adapter so I can keep my phone (Kindle) and my computer charged.I'm going to make sure every note I need for my WIP is stored on my Dropbox account. And I'm going to get ready for a few days of 'reduced responsibility' (there's not such thing as no responsibility when you have kids).

The countdown starts now...

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