I know, my Friday Five streak is tarnished between last week and today. I’m sorry! If I could have found a way to include emotions rather than material objects, I would have done a round-up (featured feelings would have included excitement, anxiety, joy, terror, and shopping, and yes shopping is totally a feeling. I have it all the time). The truth is I’ve spent the past 6 weeks compulsively buying things specifically for this trip and I really don’t want or need (like/want/need!) anything else. I have everything I need right now, and I’m just ready to get on that plane on Sunday and spend a 8 days enjoying Paris, Brussels, Gent, and Bruges.
I’m not leaving you high and dry, though. I’ve been lucky to have 8 (eight!!) amazing and talented bloggers fill in for me while I’m gone. Every week day at 9am from Monday and the following Wednesday, you’ll get to hear their own favorite vacation stories. Some are hilarious, some are touching, all are jealousy-inducing. All were given graciously, even though it was time consuming and one more thing to add to their plate amidst their real-life responsibilities and their own blogging duties. I want it to be a surprise, so I’m not naming names, but ladies: you know who you are. Thank you so, so much. It’s not only a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that my blog will be tended to while I’m galavanting across Europe, it’s really one of the nicest things I can imagine someone doing for someone they’ve never met in person. So thank you. I mean it.
Have a great weekend, kiddos, and a great week and a half! I’ll be checking in when I can, but you’ll have to forgive my absence for a bit. We’re going to have to go on an honor code policy with my 365, as I might not have access to the internet everyday. I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule on Thursday the 24th! Bon Voyage!
PS. My middle school/high school (I was there from 5th-12th grade) was just ranked #1 in the state. Go Masterman! In a way, I owe this blog to my education there: I can’t imagine a more nurturing environment for personal growth. It was like a family, and they gave you every opportunity and tool to succeed. I wanted to write in high school, and I got endless encouragement for it. I’m immensely proud of my alma mater, and more proud to be an alum. If you get two drinks in me I’ll even belt out our school song.