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Things That Make Me Happy: #60 and #61

June 24, 2010

#60: Going on vacation

Next week, I am going on vacation. Real vacation – not one of those weekend getaways I sometimes take just to get out of dodge and off this crazy little island. I will be in Oregon, partially to plan my wedding and partially to just hang out and enjoy the Fourth of July, for six days and I cannot wait. But more than anything, I love vacations where I am going somewhere new. England was by far the best vacation I ever decided to go on. I don’t feel like I’ve really taken solid vacations since graduating from college, though. Most of my time off is spent going to Oregon to see my parents, which I definitely consider a vacation (considering they do all the cooking), but it’s not the same as going to Europe or some other far off land. I did go to Orlando for the Children with Diabetes conference in 2008, which was fun. But most of my traveling has been on the weekends, and with ten vacation days a year, I really don’t have the flexibility to go on a vacation somewhere new because I am visiting my parents whenever I can. I am looking forward to my super-sized vacation next summer: my honeymoon! We don’t have any solid plans yet (it’s a little early), but we’re contemplating Scandinavia. Erik is part Norwegian and I’m part Swedish, so we thought that would be fun. And in July, Scandinavia will be much cooler than many other parts of the world, yet still nice. Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

#61: Meet-ups

How the heck have I not written about meet ups before? Sheesh! This should have at least one of the first ten or so things I came up with. As you can see from yesterday’s post, I luurve meet-ups. All kinds, diabetes and otherwise (seriously, if you’re in NYC, hit me up!). I have been planning and attending meet-ups for about three years now, and I attend them quite frequently. It’s always great when you get a bunch of people together who don’t always get to see each other very often. I have always wanted to go to a twentysomething blogger meet-up, but sadly I wasn’t able to make it to Vegas in May. Last summer though, I went to a dinner with some twentysomething bloggers, including some of my fave like Doni, Ashley and Lacey, which was super fun. Maybe I should spread my wings and become a twentysomething meet-up organizer too?

Next week, I’ll be attending the Roche Diabetes Social Media Summit which is under the guise of Official Diabetes Business, but in reality it is just my excuse to see some of my favoritest people in the world. I feel so bad that we can’t invite the entire diabetes community to Roche, but somehow I don’t think the fire department would give us permission to have a bazillion people in one room.

The Roche Crew from July 2009 (Indianapolis, IN)

(I’m in the 3rd row back, towards the right, wearing a purple shirt)

  1. June 24, 2010 1:53 PM

    This is about as good as it gets: “under the guise of Official Diabetes Business, but in reality it is just my excuse to see some of my favoritest people in the world.” Echo.

  2. June 24, 2010 6:10 PM

    Ahh, vacations, check out my last one: 300 days through Vietnam, China, Laos, Thailand, Nepal, India and Nepal.

  3. June 25, 2010 1:10 AM

    Yaaaaaay vacations! I’m the same– I’ve only been out on long weekends since moving to NYC in September. Even Christmas was only a few days away….bummer. I’m going to a lake house with la familia in the beginning of August, though– I’m excited! I hope you have a GREAT time in Oregon and make super progress on wedding planning. 🙂

    And do you still want me to do a guest post on laughter yoga? I could probably dig up video somewhere too. 😀

  4. June 25, 2010 6:11 AM

    2 weeks a year? Is that the going average vacation time? Wow. Maybe we get more because we live in a tiny part of the planet that means it takes longer to get places 🙂 We’re hanging out to get to Sweden – I’m part Swedish too :). Hope you have a FANTASTIC trip home (and of course yummy home cooking).

    • June 25, 2010 8:07 AM

      Yes it is! Most Americans get 10 vacation days, plus all federal holidays. Some people are lucky, like me, and we get an additional week during Christmas. And some places will offer a couple “personal” days, which are like vacation days, or summer hours. We are notorious for having awful vacation time.

  5. June 25, 2010 8:51 AM

    I’m just getting into meetups and totally loving them too! Have a WONDERFUL trip 🙂

  6. June 25, 2010 10:32 AM

    I remember that dinner! Aww, that was just about a year ago, right? August? Sigh. Too fun 🙂

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