I would love to announce, on this first official day of Spring Break Week, that I am taking a 6-day trip to Orlando, Florida, with a stop at the Outer Banks in North Carolina on the way home. I’ve never taken a vacation on Spring Break, so this will be an awesome first-time trip!

Reality, however, is behind me, laughing hysterically at the thought of this,  so that announcement will have to wait for a much better financial situation and time.

Spring Break, instead, will be another home stay… but not without some hopes and expectations, including: getting this long-running Unemployment Benefits appeal taken care of, mentioned in my last blog (I got a letter on Friday, saying that I was “approved”; approved for UI benefits, approved for an appeals hearing, or approved for the previously requested check, it didn’t specify;  it will be Monday before I can call and find out what’s going on and what I need to do for the next step. It, and the money issues from it and the lack of work, has been exhausting); getting either some hours at work or getting an interview for a 2nd job (if neither happen by the end of the month, I am screwed); physical intimacy (however, I hear Reality starting to laugh again at this; this won’t happen this Spring, much less this Spring Break); watching some movies that I’ve not had the money or chances to watch before (“Inception” (no, I’ve never seen it all the way through), “Ant-Man”, “Crimson Peak”, and “Thor: Dark World” are at the top of the list; “Deadpool” will have to wait until I get some disposable income); and the majority of one day just playing games (it’s not an expectation, it’s just something I’d like to do without school and HW being ahead of it in the line).

It’s an odd situation to try to describe but I, without having worked much this year, do need a break and an actual vacation. A few days where money issues and homework are absent but a group of friends are present, bringing with them fun times, great experiences, and lasting memories. That is a future plan. Until then, I will make the most of this Spring Break, trying my best to have those fun moments at home and when I’m not (for example: at Team Trivia on Tuesday and at an upcoming Board Game night on Thursday).

I don’t know how to not have fun. I’m dying and I’m having fun, and I’m going to keep having fun every day I’ve got left.” – Randy Pausch