Melina Gunnett

September 3, 2011

Filed under: Odd Thoughts, Travel — Melina Gunnett @ 5:31 PM

I’m staring at the blank screen wondering what to write. It isn’t that I like I didn’t do a lot on my trip. I did. It just feels like my mind has gone numb. It doesn’t’ want to think about the trip anymore. It doesn’t want to think about traveling or historic sites or pretty scenery. It just wants to shout HOME, curl down into itself and declare anything beyond house nonexistent for a week.

I used to think it would be fun to drive a truck across country for long hauls or take a job which had me traveling for most of the year. Part of me still thinks that would be fun, but the other, wiser, half says to make sure there is down time between runs.

The first trip was great. Actually, the second trip was great too. I just needed more time between the two. Perhaps it would have been different if I was settled in to a place. I had barely finished unpacking when I left for the California run. It definitely made it more of a trip than a vacation.

On the upside, rather than just touring the country I spent most of my trip to California catching up with friends. That part of the trip I really enjoyed. I didn’t get to spend enough time with any of them. There were a couple of people I got to visit with this trip that I hadn’t seen in close to 20 years.

One of the benefits of the internet era is that you can keep in touch with people over a distance. I think one of the drawbacks is that people now tend to move much further away from home. After all, they can still stay in touch. Yup, I’m one of the guilty ones. I’ve lived all over this country.

I really wish I could spend more time with my friends. Sadly Star Trek still remains a work of fiction and I don’t have a transporter that can send me off to see my friends whenever I miss them too much. This would be one of the drawbacks of living in too many places. In spite of all the traveling I have done this summer, there are still a lot of people I haven’t gotten a chance to see.

I’d like to sit down and figure this all out. To relax and reminisce and get my thoughts together enough that on Monday I can start working on my new projects. I have a few story ideas that are starting to fight their way out of my head. Sadly they are going to have to stay in there for a few more days. The power cord to my laptop is broken and my ride will be here in a few minutes to head out to Portland for the weekend for a friend’s birthday/housewarming.

Monday is a holiday. I think I’m going to celebrate it by not getting out of bed.

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