class=”aligncenter” title=”Tennessee Mountains” src=”http://www.tennesseeanimals.org/files/QuickSiteImages/tennessee_mountains.jpg” alt=”” width=”400″ height=”300″ />I just got back from a refreshing long weekend at home. I would not label it a vacation – there was no beach or margaritas involved. However, it’s the closest thing I’ll come to a vacation until I can accrue some holiday time at work. I jumped state lines from Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee over my four days off.
Traffic leaving Atlanta was not as horrendous as I predicted, but driving back Sunday was a day-long ordeal. I heard on the news that over 300 car accidents occurred from Wednesday before Thanksgiving to the following Sunday, because of the increased volume of traffic. Wow! My prayers go out to the victim’s families who only wanted to spend the holiday with their loved ones.
When I’m home for the weekend, I usually stay-in. I realize that I’m still in my twenties, but I really just don’t get out much. But when I’m on a “vacation” I do want to go out. Thanksgiving Day left me stuffed from two dinners, so some friends and I went ice skating – the perfect solution to the over-stuffed feeling.
Generally, this would be the end of my night. Oh No. My sister decides we must go Black Friday Shopping. We finally crawled in bed around 6 a.m. This night has taught me three things: 1) I still suck at ice skating 2) I will never Black Friday shop again, because only the people at the front of the line will get the 42″ TV for $199 and all the rest of us are screwed 3) As only the second time in my life where I’ve stayed up for longer than 24 hours, I can honestly say I don’t have the urge to repeat it.
We both slept the rest of the day and woke up in time for salsa dancing in Asheville. I personally think it’s crazy to drive two-hours to go dancing, but then again, I don’t live in rural Tennessee, where the Dinner Bell is the fanciest restaurant in a 30-mile radius. Perhaps if I did live here, I too wouldn’t mind driving two-hours for a fun night out. I suggested to my sister that she move, but she’s stuck in school for the next two years.
I love hiking, but that is the one activity a city does not provide. So I used my time wisely and took a hike on Saturday up in the mountains. The air is literally cleaner there. L-I-T-E-R-A-L-L-Y. I do love the mountains. Maybe I’ll move to Nashville next because that’s the only city I’ve encountered where you get the city life and with a 30 minute drive you get the mountains.
While visiting my family is always fun, sleeping in my own bed is nice too. It’s good to be back in my temporary home – Atlanta. The city may have it’s faults, but it’ll do for now.
I hope you all enjoyed your holiday break!