Winter Break isn’t much of a “vacation” for most academics, and it’s even less of one for those of us who attend/present at/conduct interviews/etc. the major meetings of our disciplines during the winter break. Indeed, My December/January has been exceptionally busy, between turning in final grades, traveling to visit family, getting sick, working on research and writing, attending the MLA, and starting my Spring semester.
This year, however, unlike… EVER… I treated myself with a little get-away, an actual vacation, over the MLK long weekend – in Miami to celebrate Naomi’s 40th birthday! (Naomi, for those of you who don’t recall me talking about her, has been one of my best friends since I was 14, and she, too, is now a tenure-track college professor – though in the social sciences.) Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I took a trip that was a full-on vacation. Maybe 2011? And that was visiting friends, so kind of doesn’t count, even if it was Napa Valley. This weekend was AWESOME and RELAXING. The highlights:
- I arrived and immediately had a lovely massage!
- Lunch with cocktails!
- More cocktails!
- Amazing dinner at a Moroccan restaurant!
- The beach! With cocktails (some of which are seen pictured below, and also: I love a Pina Colada) and french fries!
- Free champagne and birthday cake!
- Dinner (which was sort of lame, but everything can’t be amazing)
- More cocktails!
- The Pool!
- An AMAZING dinner at this restaurant! (Seriously: one of the best meals I’ve had not only in recent memory but ever.)
- A final cocktail!
Also, Naomi and I think we should do a creative project this semester in which we make a mock grad school application packet for James Brown that we can distribute to students applying to graduate and professional programs to use as a model. Because FUN (and also useful). And, needless to say, it was amazing to see my friend (and to meet and hang out with her other BFF who joined us!) and to really and truly RELAX for the first time since… honestly? Like, March. AND, while I did get a tiny bit of sun, I totally wore sunblock 50 so I am not fried like a lobster, because apparently I have gained wisdom with age.
So I leave you with a photograph of Naomi’s and my drinks on the beach. I shall be looking at this photograph regularly to remember that life is not all cold temperatures and work, especially as it snows tonight and the next polar vortex moves in this week.