Today I found myself dreaming of vacation. I don't know if its because we had a gorgeous sunny day, which sandwiched itself in between a couple of rainy gloomy days, or what. It might have been the impromptu trip to see couches at CB2 with my boss over lunch that inspired me to start thinking beyond the four walls of the building. (We also took some pretty awesome pictures of FedEx trucks lined up the street if I do say so myself.)
I love thinking about epic vacations, the kinds where you get away from it all, literally forget what day it is at some point, and generally get to see new things, taste new foods, and learn a whole lot. I also love visiting as many churches as I can, and taking as many pictures of things as possible. When we were in Rome, we not only went and looked at more churches than I can count, but we also got to go to Church a bunch too. I totally nerded out and loved every moment of it. Honestly, I think my favorite place to visit is Italy, but that's for a different post.
So here's what's got me drooling... and its a double dose of nerd filled goodness, I promise.
First, check out Squam Art Workshops, which are five day retreats where people get to spend their time doing all sorts of crafty projects and learning new things. Think sewing, painting, felting, making bags and I think there was an awesome wood block course in there somewhere. All sorts of really cool classes, all rolled into a single week. Just imagine how much fun you'd have if a group of friends wanted to all go together? Amazing. You can read more from the founder for Squam at decor8 too.
Then, Yale Divinity School offers a spectacular summer session around a bunch of religious topics. Every year I get the catalog, keep it close on the coffee table, read and re-read the course descriptions and try to decide which class or two classes I'd want to do most of all. I never can decide. Option paralysis takes over and then I end up not doing anything.
Turns out, at looking at the timing of these two things - I could do the Squam Workshop and literally the next day, head on down for a summer session at Yale. Totally drivable, totally doable. I couldn't believe that it would line up just perfectly like that.
So now, I think I just need to go to my wonderful and delightful boss and ask for the time off. And then get my butt in gear and sign up for these super duper events!
So, what's your dream vacation? What do you love to do when you're away?