It’s time for another family road trip! 5200 miles in 21 days. At least one railroad museum, a national monument, 3 birthday parties, 2 anniversaries, a science museum, a childrens museum, a little camping. and a train ride. 4 wonderful friends or families will be clearing some space for us on the way, and we expect to have a wonderful time.

For the last few months I’ve been getting the word out at work that I’m taking July off. “When in July?” is usually the response. “July”, I reply. It’s been fun. At our last staff meeting I said, “I want to reiterate that I’m taking July off. I know everyone knows that already, but I just like to say it.” Some people wish they could do that, are are generally unimpressed with my Zen-like response of “So do it”.

I’m extremely fortunate to have the job I do. I get oodles of vacation and sick time. There are relatively few times I “need” to be at work. And it’s extra nice to have a boss that trusts you. My vacation request went something like this, “I’m thinking of taking July off.” “Have you told your customers?” It probably helps that he knows I’ll never go more than 24 hours without checking my email. :)