Okay, not for another few hours, but I am so ridiculously happy.  I love Israel, but honestly I could be going anywhere.

Western Siberia?  Sure, why not?

A cozy cabin with those delightful fellows from Duck Dynasty?  I would love to.

The idea of going on vacation for two whole weeks is mind-boggling.  The most I’ve ever checked out of my life for was 10-days, and two of those were spent flying.

Honestly, I think what I’m most excited about is (besides the time for cuddling) is getting back in touch with myself. I can’t remember a time when my head wasn’t spinning with a million commitments, when I could just sit and read a book and get lost in someone else’s story.  Who knows, I might even think about what it is I want to do in the future.  I’m really good at achieving goals once I’ve set them, it’s the setting them that I haven’t had much time to think about lately.

Just a little sneak peak of where we’ll be staying for a portion of our trip.

Strangely enough, besides having time to just slow down for a little while, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is getting back to a regular gym schedule.  I understand that I’ll be on vacation, but I share my life with a personal trainer–there’s no such thing as not going to the gym on vacation.  Which I’m pretty happy about.  I’ve been working such strange hours and traveling so much that my workouts have started to feel like guilt riddled stolen moments when I should be doing something work related.  Not to mention the general exhaustion that has taken over my life.  I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve sent longing and somewhat creepy looks at people in the gym who are rocking burpees and mountain climbers with a devoted energy that is a all but a distant memory to me.



The fact that the treadmills are all in Hebrew is a minor problem I’ll have to overcome–an unexpected problem I encountered last year.

Another perk: I might actually get back to a regular blogging schedule. The Fella has assured me that all the places we’re staying will have wi-fi, which means I can live-blog my vacation.  If I can tear myself away from all the hummus, fresh salads, and smoothies (the juice stands that pop up around town are my favorite part of vacation!) to hit the keyboard.

I land in Tel Aviv tomorrow night at 5PM.  See you then!