I am seriously behind in my blogging, my play, and my sleep. I'll tackle the first one today!
I have had a series of unplanned job changes over the last 3 years. I work in what used to be a very stable industry, which has become the most unstable place to be (healthcare). I only mention it because that's the reason I have not been to see my family out of state in almost three years, not even at Christmas (It's that healthcare thing - hospitals don't close on holidays.)
I finally accrued a few vacation days with my new company and started planning a long weekend trip. In the past, when I drive from Kentucky to Tennessee, I always passed the Paducah exit on the interstate and think, I should stop there sometime. So, as I was making my plans, I decided to make an overnight stop there.
Along the way, I made a stop for gas and visited the Cracker Barrel restaurant and store nearby. They are famous for their rocking chairs on the "front porch" and I discovered chairs in several different colors. It was a pleasantly warm March day, and I sat in one of the chairs enjoying a soft breeze, and caught up on text messages and missed calls. I'd forgotten what it was like to be away from all the demands of work, to just sit and relax for a few minutes. That's what the whole weekend was about for me.
After plenty of coffee and packing everything up, I went out to explore some of Paducah. That will be in Part 2.