I love this picture and just had to share it. WIth the turning of the seasons, images like this really make me appreciate how beautiful the world can be. That and this is one of my favorite pictures that I’ve taken 😉 It’s of some pumpkins that were being sold at a winery that I visited last fall. I loved that trip so much because of the fall colors, pumpkins, sweater weather, BBQ pulled-pork, and of course, wine.
One thing I appreciate about graduating from college is that I no longer have to walk in any weather condition to get to a class. I didn’t mind fall, but of course the rainy, Indiana falls are terrible most of the time. There are some of those days, like those I experienced when I took the picture above, that make me love this time of year.
The thought of walking to class made me think of something else that I did and still do regularly. I all it strategic planning, which is putting it mildly. I will stress a day in advanced before going anywhere. I mean literally ANYWHERE (e.g. the grocery store, Target, returning something somewhere, the gas station…). I have to plan out in my mind the exact, best and most strategic route to get to any location. There must be the least traffic and the most direct route. Seems like something other people might do, but let me just run through yesterday’s excursion for you.
- Get to my car, go down 3rd street and I must stay in the 1st lane because it breaks off into a “Y” later and I don’t want to have to get over because that would cause me to lose some time.
- Continue on 3rd street until I get to the first stoplight intersecting Hillside Drive, when light turns green, get into the first lane. Do not get over in second lane like you’re used to Megan. You are not going straight home today.
- Stay in left lane until you get to the stoplight by Party City, turn left and then turn left again so that you can park right next to the door. Receipt and item are already sitting together on the seat next to me. I run in, jump in line before the child and two grandparents, and return the item. Jump back into my car.
- Take a right out of the parking lot, get immediately into the left lane, turn and make sure that you get into the 2nd lane because goodness knows that you will have to turn eventually, meaning more than 1/2 a mile down the road to get to Target.
- Pull into Target parking lot and park in my “usual spot.” Run into the store, do not return second item before picking up other items. Keeping receipt under armpit for quick retrieval, I basically run to get the exchange item and a couple of other things. I run back to the returns/exchanges counter. Return the item and purchase others in one fell swoop.
- Get the heck out of there and go home.
I go through this route, obviously not in so much detail because I’m only recounting this now, several time throughout the day and often the day before. It gives me a great amount of anxiety if I cannot follow these patterns. Holy cow when the road was closed to work today, I just about had a panic attack. I frantically went around the block, but still made it on time.
I was much worse about my strategic planning when I was in college. I would literally walk what I considered to be the exact diagonal to class or to my house. I would look pretty funny I suppose to other people who were taking the sidewalks like normal people. I, on the other hand, could often be found trudging through ditches or landscaping, dodging cars in random parking areas, or scurrying across the road in random spots (yes, I too was a human squirrel). I couldn’t (and still can’t) stand the idea of walking a sidewalk to a corner when I don’t have to.
Anyway, I just thought it was funny remembering this aspect of myself.
I hope some of you can relate! If not, I hope it was at least amusing to read my train of thought 🙂
Thanks for reading,