I’ve got vacation-itis, and I’ve got it bad.
I feel uninspired at work (not that customer service needs a lot of inspiration) and on the blog. Not to mention that I’m just generally antsy.
The lack of inspiration for the blog makes me nervous because it means that I’m not writing. That’s a problem because I like to have a backlog of posts. At present, I have only two ready, and I’m preserving those since I may be too busy to write while I’m in DC.
So I guess I’m posting about how I don’t have anything to post? Hmmmm… Did I mention I’m ready to be gone?
Lack of planning
I leave on Thursday, and I don’t feel remotely ready for FinCon. But I’m desperately ready to be in DC, goofing off and taking in the sights.
Alas, I don’t quite know which sights those are yet.
I know I want to hit several of the Smithsonians — but the only ones I’m sure of are the Natural History Museum and the Museum of American Art. The rest are up in the air. I do know that I want to also hit the Spy Museum. Two “maybe” options are the Library of Congress and the Newseum, the latter of which Mom wants to see.
Red eye woes
Mainly, I need to worry about what to see my first morning there. Because Mom doesn’t arrive until early evening, whereas I get there at 7 a.m.
I took the red-eye for three reasons. First, I wanted to miss as little work as possible. This way I still get a full Friday in without missing out on Thursday’s workday. Second, I get the full five days to sightsee, rather than landing in the afternoon/evening, basically voiding one of my days. And finally, Thursday flights are notably cheaper than Friday ones.
So I don’t regret my choice of flights, but I do hate that I’ll arrive eight hours before check-in.
Making use of my day
I’m going to drop my bags at the hotel, and see whether I can avail myself of their free breakfast. (After all, I’m checking in later that day, so I’m practically a guest already.) If not, I’ll grab a couple of protein bars from my bag. Then I’ll set off walking.
The trick is that I need to not waste my day but also not see anything too interesting because Mom won’t be around until early evening. I’m thinking I’ll hit the Lincoln Memorial and maybe a couple of other memorials. And maybe the Library of Congress if I’m up to it.
But yeah technically I haven’t even landed on exactly what I’m seeing yet — either Friday or the rest of the days — which makes me feel horrendously unprepared.
Preparations are underway
I suppose I actually am pretty ready, though. Including FinCon. Well, minus the packing and perhaps a last-minute cardigan purchase (for the potentially frigid hotel).
But overall, I guess I’m prepared. I mean, I know where my business cards are, I’ve gotten my new (to me) pants hemmed, and I got a backpack for $10 at Best Buy (to carry my laptop and various purse items in, since I don’t carry a purse to FinCon).
But I won’t start feeling truly prepared until packing is underway. Because that’s going to be interesting.
Pack it up!
Normally, space is a little tight because I have trouble deciding which shirts to bring and inevitably take extras. Not an option this year.
I’ll have four shirts to pack for my days as a tourist, plus an extra one for the day I go home. Plus four shirts for going out at night. Plus the four shirts for the conference (and one extra in case I spill something on myself). Plus my dress pants and dress shoes. Plus my jeans (for going out at night) and black sneakers to go with those. And I want to leave some room in my bag for FinCon swag. Yikes!
But I guess this exercise will be good for me. I’ve already decided to take just one pair of pants. Much as I love my gray slacks, space is at a premium and I only want to have to fit one pair of dress shoes in the suitcase.
Back to sightseeing: Another wrinkle is that I will, of course, have to ration my energy. There’s a lot to visit, so I’m hoping that at least some days I can hit two museums instead of just one. But time will tell.
I figure I can get up and have breakfast downstairs, then go upstairs and make myself look at least vaguely presentable. Then we can set out for the first museum by 9 or 10 a.m.
If it’s not lunchtime yet when we’re done, we can go to one of the trendy areas and wander around. Then eat. Then go back to the hotel and rest up a bit, and maybe I can blog a skosh. Then head back out to a second attraction with my second energy pill for the day.
Keeping costs down
At least almost everything I’ve chosen is free, though I should make at least one donation if I visit multiple Smithsonians. (I believe they ask for donations, right?)
At any rate, the Spy Museum and Newseum are the only ones that cost something, though they’re each more than $20 which is painful. I’m not sure how much the Holocaust Museum costs, but I’m also unsure if I can handle going.
There’s also a chance that we’d hit the National Museum of Women in the Arts, but I just don’t think we’ll have the time.
So those are my plans, such as they are.
At least the hotel is paid for by points, and Mom’s offered to cover some of our meals since I’m saving her the cost of a room. Meanwhile, the flight is a business expense since I’m going to FinCon. So this should be a relatively frugal vacation!
What attractions am I missing out on? Anyone want to pack for me?