Sunday, June 26, 2011

So how much of a flibbertigibbet am I?

Quite a bit of one it seems.

I've barely been online, life is so busy. And to imagine I used to be an internet addict, it's so far from how I am now it's amazing! Not that I don't keep connected and up to date but I don't have time to sit for hours on end online anymore.

And today is just such a rainy day, so I can't get into the garden to do what I need to do (the garden isn't in yet.. it's almost July!! It's like the universe is saying, not this year, between the busy and the rain the stars don't align for me to plant or to even weed.)

Knitting is getting done, slow but sure, on my Silver Birches shawl, but I also have plans for items to be sewn. I want to try and make the quilts from PS I Quilt that she has quilt-a-longs for. I also have plans to make some items in other ways. Plus I've even started a new blog! Daytrippin' Around (the other names I liked were taken already though they seem to be dead.. so annoying when that happens).

And with all those things I want to do.. I am still sitting here updating my blogs lol. Maybe I'm not so much changed as I thought I was. Or at least for now it's a slip into old habits but soon I will be moving and doing my thing. I hope the rain stops so I can get something in my garden and grown!

How do YOU plan your trips?

Do you decide to just jump in a car and pick a direction?

Do you have a destination in mind but take in the scenery along the way?

Do you gather every scrap of info you possibly can but toss things to the wind when it suits? Or do you plan down to the minutest detail?

As I sit here surrounded by pamphlets gathered at various happenings and places this spring I wonder these things. I like having a plan, an idea of where we are going and 'oh, I'd like to do this and this' but if I spot something interesting it can all go to the wind.

When I was learning how to drive, my friends and I would do the first. Decide that this night we were going to practice and pick a direction and where we ended up we ended up. Sometimes in a small town with a single gas station and we'd be grabbing snacks at midnight and filling the car before turning around and going home. It's how we ended up on a back road near Okotoks in the middle of a snowstorm in February.

Once we decided we would go to Banff and enjoy ourselves, taking our swim stuff with us to go to the hot springs. After spending most of the afternoon wandering and eating a nice lunch we decided to go to the hot springs.. in Radium. By the time we got home, it was the middle of the night.

Another time, just last year in fact, the same friend needed some companionship on the road as she went to pick up an item from kijiji in Drumheller. She had to be there for 9, and the matter took about five minutes max so we ended up wandering all along hwy 10/56, hitting up the Hoodoos, the Atlas Coal Mine and a lovely lunch in Wayne as well as a few other things.

In other ways I enjoy planning. Where do I want to go? What do I want to do? Not so regimented that it sucks all the joy out of it but having an idea of what is around can be great.

I want to pass on the joys of tripping around to my son, just like my Dad did for my brother and I (and he would make us groan by telling us when we asked where we were going that we were going to LA.. Leduc Alberta).

So here I sit on a rainy Sunday, pondering where I want to go this year and how much planning do I really need to do? We'll see..

Friday, June 17, 2011

New blog..

Just a random passing thought, why not blog about some of the tripping around I do in the great province of ours? Will update as I go on trips.