For those who don’t know me, I am a researcher.  No, that is NOT my profession. It’s just what I do. Research, organize, and plan.

I research all sorts of random stuff: where I would live if I moved to San Diego, what restaurants in NYC are kid-friendly, new recipes that I can make in the crockpot, storage solutions for tv wires, and much much more.

Here are my favorites:

Vacation Research

I am ALWAYS planning a vacation (or two). Always!

Even if that vacation is 2 years away, you can rest assured that I am planning it.

I go on a cruise biennially (every other year) with my friends to somewhere in the Caribbean Sea.  So, there is always checking out destinations, selecting room options, organizing excursions, and shopping for new things to wear on my adventure.

 Cruise Destination Map

Similarly, Cliff and I try to take a biennial trip to a cabin (usually in the mountains) to get away from it all for a 3-4 day weekend.  Considering we rarely get a night off, treating ourselves to a kid-free weekend is a luxury.  It also requires looking up different cabins in a specific radius and price range, making sure it has that rustic charm and secluded feeling, and making sure it has a hot tub for relaxing in.

Then, there are family-related trips.  Whether it’s a camping trip to a KOA 45-minutes away, a weekend trip to NYC, a day trip to the zoo, or a week-long visit to family in Michigan…there are always plenty of things to consider. When will we go? What will we do? Where is there kid-friendly food? How much stuff can I actually fit in my car trunk?

Lifestyle Planning

This can be anything that affects homelife, whether it is considering home improvement projects, thinking about getting a family pet, or creating a meal schedule.

Every week, I get to plan meals for the following week.  M goes to therapy two nights a week, which means we have built-in leftovers or crockpot days. I use Home Chef meal kit service to help give me options for dinners. Then I plan around them.  Tonight, I am making Rosemary-Ranch Chicken Kabobs and making a side of oven-roasted carrots, which I learned to make from a Home Chef recipe. Tomorrow is leftover day 🙂

Steak Moutarde recipe from Home Chef

We are looking to sell our house eventually, so now when I look around to see what to do to the house, I think: would this improve how much money we get for it or how fast it sells?  When we get to the point where we are preparing to sell it…that means I get to reorganize everything and declutter.  That may not sound fun to you…put I am really looking forward to it.

Pretend Planning

I find it fun to plan for random things that likely will never happen.  For example, planning a vacation to Croatia to see Plitvice Lakes National Park.  Checking out homes and neighborhoods near different cities that we might eventually move to (though not with any definite plan to do so). I research local information, attractions, prices, etc.


Plitvice Lakes National Park

Why Plan?

Because it’s fun. And educational.

Mostly, because it’s fun.



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