Mexico! Or not...

This is a depressing post. Seriously. I mean, all around, you are going to want to weep with me after this one.

Ok, maybe not weep, but you'll be bummed for John and I, that's for sure. But before I tell you why we are bummed, I need to give you a little background information about yours truly.

I get kinda anxious in the winter. I don't know why exactly, but I think I have a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). In the winter months when the sun comes up at 7:15 a.m. and goes back down at 4:45 p.m., when I'm cooped up in the house, when there isn't anything green on the ground for miles, when I have eaten far too many Crock Pot dinners and yearn for seasonal fruits and veggies - - those are the days, my friends, when I just get irritable and anxious.

Do you know what anxiety feels like? I do. In recent years I've battled with little inklings of anxiety, and it mostly feels like that "fight or flight" mantra that you've heard of. I feel like I either need to "fight" my way out of it to make myself feel better, or "take flight" and remove myself from a situation that gives me anxiety.

Anyway, back to the point: In the winter I get a little anxious, so John and I use these short days to do fun things as a couple. Things like hockey games, karaoke at local dive bars, movies at our $5 theater, heating up the garage to work on junkin' projects, etc.

I know my body pretty well, and waaaayyyy back in June I knew that I wanted to do something special to treat myself and John this winter. I scrimped and saved my summer pay money (my teacher friends know what I'm talkin' about here...) and even got a part-time job at a clothing store to pay for this special treat: A TRIP TO MEXICO! This is also a big deal because I paid for this vacation No help from John. I wanted to do this for us, and I did. Boom.

We used a wonderful travel agent who we also used for our honeymoon. We selected a five-star, adults only, all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya, where we honeymooned three years ago. It was destined to be perfect. We were to depart on December 20th, my first day of Winter Break from teaching, and were to stay in Mexico until late on December 25th. And mind you, we had no trouble being away from home on Christmas. Yes, my friends. It would be perfect.

Until December 19th and 20th.

When Iowa was hit with a blizzard. The first blizzard of the season.

And all flights were cancelled.

Not delayed. Cancelled. And not to be rescheduled for another three days, if at all.

Which meant that even if we did feel safe enough to get in a plane for our Mexico trip, it would be three days late, leaving us only two nights in Mexico. No bueno, seƱor.

Doesn't this just crush your spirits? It crushed mine. I was at the point where I desperately needed this vacation. When we got the bad news from our travel agent we promptly went to the garage mini-fridge, slammed a beer, and went out to a local pizza joint to eat away our sorrows.

Thank goodness for travel insurance and our fantastic travel agent. We are getting a full refund from Delta Vacations, and can choose to book a spring break vacation or save it for our summer vacation.

Either way, John and I are spending the week getting drunk in a snowsuit, instead of a swimsuit. We aren't cool with it, but we'll survive.

I'll just have to think of new ways to combat the anxiety bug this winter.

Any ideas?


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your vacation and sorry to hear about your anxiety. I just try to keep busy. Now that I have Alex, I'm constantly busy. I'm on meds too...which help me out. Mine isn't just seasonal to your doctor and see what you can do. If you need any company during any of this time, get a hold of me...I'll be around...Alex may come with...but we are around!

  2. I recall having a brief conversation about this with you once, Jenn - thanks for your support! I talked with a doctor about anxiety medication a few years ago (when I first started getting symptoms in late fall), but after taking only a few doses I realized my body just couldn't handle the medication. I spoke with her about alternative coping strategies, which actually do the trick! This is more suitable for me, since I get anxious in the winter months, mostly. You're such a great friend!

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