Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Lonely Planet February

I helped a friend go book shopping the other day. It was for a travel guide for Poland. Specifically a Lonely Planet travel guide, as these are known as the most complete and accurate for most destinations. Lonely Planet takes the unfamiliar traveller and shows them an area in a way they can enjoy and join in with. Making them, ironically, non-lonely travellers.

Maybe it's because I didn't buy a book. But this particular traveller is having a lonely February. You see, my friend's travel guide for Poland is with her in Poland right now. And before she heads back I'm leaving for Atlanta. I get back from Atlanta and head back out to Brazil, during which time my friend will be using her San Francisco travel guide. It'll be March before two of the planet's lonely travellers get to share much more time.

Thankfully February is also too full be be truly lonely. Two trips, North and South American for 8 days each. Tons of work, including receiving training, customer visits, software demonstrations and delivering training. And friends! In Atlanta I hope to see friends I haven't visited with in a year.

And perhaps best of all, for keeping my spirits up and stress down, I'm back into my exercise regime. Now that the bedroom has been moved, the old small bedroom has been converted to a fitness room. I have room to use the weights and equipment. And even my bicycle (my precious) is able to live upstairs with me, rather than in the cold basement storage. Each night in Atlanta I expect to be swimming laps in the hotel's indoor pool or sweating on the cardio equipment. And I won't be at all surprised if I loose another pound by the time I'm back.

So I can't really complain. It's all pretty good. But if I had to make a list of all the things on this lonely planet that I would most like to fill my time with... well, the number one spot would refer to a friend in Poland. The only thing I can do about that is wait. And maybe play with the weights.

11 comments:

J. D. said...

Morgan...Your Dad says, "Stop whining!" Atlanta and Brazil can't be all that bad. I'm seeing it a different way. I say, "Oh, my poor Baby needs a ____!" Oops, that's a four letter word..... but,NOT THE four letter word.

I'm glad you got the computer working. Have fun at class tonight. Warm Hugs.....Mom

Diesel said...

I've been trying to get back into exercising too. Something always seems to come up though. Like winter.

quilly said...

So, your new friend is a world traveler, too. That will be great if you ever get those jets headed to the same place at the same time.

Minka said...

I agree Quilly. Similar hobbies is good, if they have the same desitination...I hope one of your flight takes the wrong route to thr right destination. Youare absolutely right, Judy...February should be filled with ******.

I Dive At Night said...

Mom, tell dad he can post his own messages and not to send you. Sorry, it's too early in the morning for me to guess the word.

Diesel, home renovations are exercise. So is chasing after small children.

Quilly, it would! Or even just staying put for a while would be nice.

Minka, hobbies? LOL! I've never considered taking business trips to be a hobby, but I suppose it could be. Are you and J.D. talking about the same word? Yours is 6 letters.

I'm confused. But at least I get to exercise today!

Theresa said...

Well, I guess every cloud has a silver lining, but I'm sure you'd trade the exercise for a trip to see your friend in Poland. ;)

I Dive At Night said...

Theresa, Poland wasn't an option. Had it been...

The exercise does help a LOT though! Just took lunch-hour today and get in 18 sets of 6 heavy exercises. Ah, good stuff.

J. D. said...

Sh-sh-sh-sh.....WIFE.....sh-sh-sh-sh


For some reason, mothers my think it, but aren't supposed to SAY it. This sounds like a rule that all persons known as "THEY" made up.

I Dive At Night said...

Oh jeez Mom, that IS a four-letter-word.

Reminds me of the old joke," No man is complete without a woman. Once he's married, he's finished."

Minka said...

Morgan, my word was teh plural form.

"Behind every great man, is an even greater woman!"
a Guy once told me that...

I Dive At Night said...

Minka, I'm still not sure what your six letter word was. Pardon me, I've been in a training class and jetlagged all week and I'm just not thinking too well.

I have to admit your quote is truthier than mine. No man is an island. Except perhaps the Isle of Man.