In our less lucid moments, Entrepreneur and I think about the possibility of living further south….like waaayyyy south along a coastline somewhere. In our fantasies, we’re retired and living on St. Somewhere as expats…with all the kids and grandbabykins, of course.
But until those fantasies become possibilities, we’re landlocked and resigned to take vacays to those champagne shores to get a tropical dose of Vitamin SEA. It’s therapeutical for him….he suffers from SAD (seasonal affective disorder)…and the gray winters here in middle Missouri really negatively affect his mood…which, in turn, affect mine. 😦
I’m also torn as to whether I could really live someplace that doesn’t have any distinct seasons. I love Autumn and its riot of color. But I also LUV looking out over water and feeling the warmth of the sun on these old bones. The thought of never having another white Christmas makes me a bit weepy, but the probability of another Snowmegeddon doesn’t thrill me either. I like a good January snowstorm that keeps me home sipping hot chocolate in my fuzzy slippers and
eating baking cookies. I can tolerate the frigidness of winter for about a month….but then I’m soooo done with it. Every winter, as the temps plummet to single digits and the heating bill rises to triple digits, we look at each other and wonder why we subject ourselves to this year after year.
Tell me again why I’m here?
Now for some bad news. We’re not going to be escaping to the tropics this year. A serious shift in circumstances has us landlocked this winter. It seems the all-inclusive resort that we books 8 MONTHS AGO has increased their all-inclusive rates and now there’s a minimum charge of 4 adults per room! Since it was only going to be Entrepreneur and I, College Man and The Golfer as adults, plus the two non-adult grandbabykins going, this translated to an significant increase in moolah since we needed 3 rooms. They wouldn’t budge on the requirements and we didn’t think it was fair to have to double our expenses.
The up side is now don’t have to worry about The Investigator going into early labor while we’re out of the country! But this also means I won’t have a new cache of sunsets and ocean shots to share.
But, it is what it is and I’ll just have to deal with Entrepreneur’s SAD(ness) this winter.
Vitamin SEA. It does a body good!