Yesterday, my mom called to let me know she'd be in Phoenix for the weekend because it's 80F there and they want some sun while she's got a couple days off. As soon as I got off the phone, I was suddenly inspired to replace all the light bulbs in the house with full-spectrum bulbs and blow up pictures from our previous holidays to completely cover all the windows and block out the snow and cloud cover.
Sigh. I think I've become completely addicted to travelling to warm, tropical places. If any of you out there have ever dealt with SAD (seasonal affective disorder)--which I think almost every Canadian at least can appreciate this in some way--the experience of being somewhere warm, sunny, humid....oh, there is nothing like it.
Brynn took me to Jamaica for our honeymoon, which was amazing! Even when it rained, it was extraordinary! We were in a couples-only resort in Negril (on the west side of the island) on a beach that I read after we got back is rated in the top-something beaches of the world.
And last year, we went with some friends to Maui for the week of Valentine's Day. We loved everything about that island (except the mosquitoes! I attract these bugs better than a bug zapper!) and still have real estate guides to drool and pray over.
So for both of these trips, as soon as I got off the plane, my whole body chemistry seemed to change. I felt so great for those trips, I think I was pooping serotonin and endorphins and all the other happy chemicals! I wish I could claim a mandatory religious pilgrimmage where I would be required to spend a week every month somewhere warm and sunny. Or maybe I could find a doctor that would realize my great need for these trips and prescribe it AND get Alberta Health to cover my trips and all required associated costs! If only this were possible.
Well, in the meantime, if anyone would like to contribute to my mental health and wellness fund, I accept donations and will work for sun!