Who Were They?

I have a file folder, with all ofย  the confirmations in it. I have a map of how to get to the mall and how to get to Target. I have a map to tell me how to get to Kennedy Space Center. I have a flagged guidebook, so we know what we want to see. I even have a list of the sorts of clothes that I am looking to buy, so I don’t come home with random things for my closet that don’t match or suit anything else.

I have a spreadsheet with our dinning reservations and a list of what we need to fast pass at what time of the day. It also notes what other things we thought we might like to take a peek at. Mr. Spit has uploaded all of this to our calendars, so we can see it anywhere. I have actually strategized Disney World. We are our usual, hyper-organized selves. This is who we are, and this is how we roll.

I keep thinking back to that couple that went to Disneyland 3 years ago. We printed nothing. We didn’t even have our hotel confirmations. We had some numbers, written randomly on a piece of paper. They may not have been the right numbers.

We showed up places and people gave us beds, they gave us tours. We took everything as it happened. We didn’t figure out fast passes until our second day. We never did figure out the dinning reservation system. We just, well we were just there.

It worked. I would hazard a guess and say that it worked well. I remember most of that trip, and I don’t remember much of that time. I have 3 scrapbook albums, and I can see myself smiling. I remember smiling.

I have all of this, and I sometimes wonder, which was better? The business of taking life as it happens, or the business of planning?

I am by nature, a planner. It’s not just my professional life, I am a plan your work, work your plan sort of person. I am fully aware that no plan survives contact with the enemy, but I like having a plan. I like knowing where you start and where you end. I like knowing how you know when you have reached the end, and experience shows me, this can be a very murky thing.

I don’t have anything profound today. I’m just musing on who we were, who we are, and where we are going.

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10 Responses to Who Were They?

  1. Penbleth says:

    There is a lot to be said for planning. Feel free to do some for me if you have all of your own sorted.

  2. linds says:

    I am definitely a planner and I like to be organized! Sounds like you are going to have a fabulous trip. Enjoy! You deserve it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kristin says:

    I don’t think one is necessarily better than the other. It all comes down to doing what you are comfortable with.

    Have a fabulous trip!

  4. HereWeGoAJen says:

    Your trip sounds like it is going to be great. I hope you do a lot of blogging so that we can all watch.

  5. Sometimes NOT planning things (when you don’t have the *energy* to plan things) is not such a bad thing. And as you said, things worked out for the best … even if you were in autopilot at that time. But at least there’s memories and photos of you smiling.

    This time around, you’ll be more prepared ready to go; you’ll be you’re “natural” self … and it will still be a wonderful trip. Maybe even better, knowing how far you’ve come along since the last time you were there.

    Have a great trip, Mrs. Spit. You deserve the rest and relaxation!

  6. debby says:

    Oh, it’s good to be organized, but make sure that you’re not so organized that you find yourself unable to take advantage of what wings your way by chance.

  7. Ya Chun says:

    our trip after Serenity died was pretty much by the seat of the pants too.

    But sometimes you get to do a lot more if you have a plan!

  8. a says:

    Doing what you normally do is sometimes the opposite of what you need or want to do.

    Have a wonderful trip!

  9. Barb says:

    What works is what makes you feel best. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Did you know about the Premium Outlets?? NOT the ones in I-Drive… the ones on Vineland. THOSE are the good ones. Ask Jen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. A shopping strategy with maps to Target and spreadsheets, how I admire you!!

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