Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday ... that was fun!

Dear Diary,

Today is day two of my #staycation.  I've often heard it said you learn the most about yourself by traveling.  I disagree.  This morning I woke up (in my own bed) at four a.m. 

 I don't know if you heard me; that was FOUR  O'CLOCK... in the morning! 

This has been a common theme for me.  If I think about the fact that I can get up whenever I want to, it pretty much guarantees an early rising. This morning, after an inward groan I turned over and forced myself to stay in bed.  Thankfully, after what seemed like an eternity, I fell back to sleep and slept until eight a.m...  Score.

So, the first thing I’m learning to accept about myself on this #staycation is that I tend to celebrate before it actually happens.  Is that a bad thing?  I think not!

The second thing I’m learning is that I never want to be a tour guide.  To quote Taylor Swift, “Like, ever!".

Today I took a tour of several of Kentucky’s famous horse farms.  It was great, but I NEVER want to be in charge of a group that I have to manage and educate.  (This is probably why I only have one child.)  Our guide was a part-time Presbyterian minister named John who seemed to have guzzled two cans of Red Bull prior to our  tour.  Because I was a single in the group, I was riding shotgun, sitting right next to him in the front seat of a ten-passenger van. This meant I had to be on my best behavior.   Jon  was so enthusiastic  I had to hold back a laugh, though I truly enjoyed the animated way he  disseminated the information.   And while sitting up front gave me an optimal view of exactly where we were going , I soon wondered if having a front row seat to a possible head on collision was worth my $40 ticket.  John carried on in his over-energetic way as he drove and we headed to the part of New Circle Rd. (between Newtown Pike and Harrodsburg Road) where they are doing construction. Picture cement walls and orange traffic barrels.  

You know those moments in life when you think, “What have I signed myself up for?”  This excursion was advertised as a THREE hour tour.  As in Gilligan's!   To my relief it was a short ride and we exited on Versailles Road heading toward Keeneland.  

When I look at this picture all I can think of is Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon
dancing in their white pants.
 Because I love you so much here is the link

Keeneland (photo above) was our first stop.  I have been there many times, but today I appreciated learning some of the history of the racetrack.  Did you know Keeneland is the leading Thoroughbred auction house in the WORLD? And right here in Lexington!  Seriously!  To my delight, the atmosphere was exciting as they are in the process of getting ready for spring meet. The grounds crew and all the employees were running around preparing for the upcoming invasion of racing fans.  If you've never been there, I encourage you to go.  It is such a beautiful place and definitely a unique experience.   

We continued to Donamire Farm , Hill ‘n Dale Farm and finally we went to a farm off of Iron Works Pike  (sorry; can’t remember the name of that one) where we were able to see and pet some of the broodmares and foals. Overall, I would totally recommend going on one of these horse farm tours.   As the day went on, and to my relief, the Red Bulls imbibed by John wore off and his mood  and energy level became a little more normal.  

In reflection, the reason I never want to be a tour guide is because I would be required to talk to people constantly, for hours on end.  I’m an introvert and like to keep to myself.  While the people on the tour were friendly and nice, I didn't feel like I had to make small talk.  And you know what? I dread small talk.  I may appear aloof to others, but if I don't have anything of substance to say I would rather be quiet.  I like silence.  #keepingitreal  

Anyway, I am counting day two as a success. Now, onto day three! 

 (BTW, I am setting an alarm tomorrow morning.)


Anna Lee