I am heading away on a much-needed vacation! I have been taking business classes at CSI in addition to working at Design 125 (and I continue with on online course through the summer), and I managed to overload myself during the spring term. My entire existence was school, study, work, sleep, repeat! I was so happy when the semester was finished—much more so than any of my children!

My husband and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary in June–the 21st, to be precise. When our 20th anniversary rolled around, we talked about going to Paris, but when it came down to it, I weaseled out of it, and we ended up driving to the Tetons instead! Earlier this year my husband started the discussion on where to go, and I mentioned Las Vegas as a possibility. Seth gave me a look that could have curdled milk, as if to say, “Don’t you dare do this to me again!”

Neither of us has traveled to Europe, so part of the problem is all of the unknowns associated with going over there. And remember, I was deciding all of this while I was studying, working, sleeping, and repeating, so I was definitely interested in a stress-free vacation.

I realized that part of what overwhelmed me five years ago was fear of the unknown, so I definitely wanted us to go with a reputable tour group, so that we don’t have any worries. A friend of mine highly recommended Collette, and after I put in our dates I found several tours that looked promising. However the prospect of a different hotel every night, and all the unpacking and packing and moving around didn’t sound very relaxing OR romantic to me.

Fortunately one of those Viking River Cruise catalogues came in the mail just about then, so I plugged in our dates and out popped five destinations to choose from. I seem to recall that there were a couple in France, one in Iceland and one in Costa Rica. We chose the “Romantic Danube” mostly because we are going to be able to hit four countries: Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Czeck Republic.

I have never, as an adult with responsibilities, left the country for such an extended period of time. I have taken care to leave things at Design 125 in good hands. I still have two teenagers at home, so my mother and grandmother are coming to take care of the kids as well as the two rabbits, three pugs, and the yard.

I never know what those crazy employees of mine will do while I am away! Come in to Design 125 to visit them while I am gone—