I am in the process of writing a children’s book series called Sadie’s Great Adventures. I had decided that it would be good to do a travel/vacation book called Sadie Goes to Sanibel . I thought that a working vacation sounded like it made perfect sense. I needed a vacation, I needed to get this book written.... What could possibly go wrong? I laugh at my naivete. After a week, I can only say, “What WAS I thinking?” Then I just shake my head and laugh some more.
Realizing that I would be busy, I invited my daughter and granddaughter to invite a friend of theirs that they had traveled with before. It would be good for both of them to have friends to hang out with when I was interviewing for my radio show. There would be time when I was writing my book when I would also be unavailable. I just did not realize that we would be playing musical chairs in the car on the way down to Florida from Indiana. I set up what I thought to be simple “rules of the road.” 1. Only adults would be in the “shotgun” seat up front. 2. The girls would change seats and change from the middle to the window seat when we stopped for gas. 3. We would try to coordinate potty breaks, gasoline breaks, and snack breaks to minimize stops. Three very simple rules. I laugh again to think I was so unaware.
We had not been on the road an hour when someone needed to find a rest stop. Okay, stop number 1. Everyone had a chance to take a break. We checked if snacks were needed after the break so we got back in the car and headed merrily down the road.
Then one of the people needed to hear some music. I have satellite radio so there is a lot to choose from. My granddaughter called for a soothing “Spa” radio she had listened to before. We chose that but it was not long before there were complaints. We then asked the other young girl what she would like to listen to and we ended up with a pop station. Not long after that, I had to recommend a different pop station. After about 8 different channels, we found one that we could all agree on. Great.
We had been on the road now for about two hours and someone else needed to find a rest area.... Again....... Stop number 2. This is the way the day proceeded having first stops for snacks and stops for the restroom. There was one stop for gas thrown in there, but that hardly counted in the whole grand scheme of things. At the end of day one, I think we were about six stops into the trip and the next day proved to be about the same. Keep in mind that we had brought food for the trip and were not even stopping for meals. The next day did prove to be a bit smoother, but my nerves were already getting frazzled.
When we arrived, everyone was feeling the tension of two days in the car. I had work to do and the foursome riding with me decided to don their swimsuits and make for the beach. It gave us all a chance to decompress. During the next couple of days, there was much time spend at the beach and in the pool. I was allowed the freedom of getting some of the work done. I felt like I was on another planet. My contacts were not contacting me because they knew I was on vacation, “enjoying myself.” I had incorrectly imagined I could have a “working vacation” and enjoy myself at the same time. I was wrong..... Again.
It was not until the last day of the trip when I closed my computer after listening to my initial Internet radio show that I really began to enjoy my time away from Indiana. I cannot be upset because I did achieve some of my work goals. It was a learning experience. I have another business trip in a couple of weeks and was going to combine business with pleasure. I now know.....
Business is business and pleasure is pleasure. It is not in the cards for me to mix the two and enjoy either. Lesson learned.
Something To Ponder