So my SIL, who can be a bit pretentious at times, has decided to celebrate her upcoming milestone birthday in Marakesh, Morocco (and yes I know the quote is from Casablanca but it was the closest I could find). Normally she spends it in London or New York. But I guess when it’s gonna be a big one, you may as well do it up in style.
Morocco is somewhere DH and I have always wanted to go. I am, unsurprisingly, all over the souks. And the desert tours. DH is all over the history. It was a contender for our honeymoon destination. You’d think DH would be all over going. This trip will have history, exotic-ness (is that even a word?), family and friends. But he’s balking.
We have several rooms to paint in the house and stuff to do at the cottage. We need to buy carpeting for the stair case and the chimney needs to be repointed. The driveway needs to be repaved. His job is very stressful and he doesn’t know if/when he can take the time off and let’s not even go down the I-feel-sorry-for-me-because-I-have-no-children road. That being said, if he doesn’t take time off, I see a big hot meltdown coming and soon.
I really want to go on this trip. For a number of reasons. Let’s start with the fact that DH hasn’t had a decent holiday since he went to Greece this time last year. He’s worn out and stressed out and heading for some alone time in a nicely padded room if he doesn’t watch out.
Also he hasn’t seen his sister since Christmas and even then they didn’t spend much time together as she spent several days mysteriously wrapped up in “meetings” in the big city all the while staying with her “friend”. (I suspect she’s dating this “friend” who happens to live there but that’s just my take on things. Afterall, wouldn’t your company put you up in a hotel if you’re there on company business? Just sayin). His sister and their cousin just spent a few weeks together in Europe and DH was green with envy. I would have been happy for him to join them but he’s under the impression that his company will fall apart if he leaves for any length of time, so he stayed home and worked.
Also, come on it’s Marakesh. The home of the biggest markets in Africa. Since we didn’t buy a rug in India you can be damn sure I’ll be purchasing one if we go. Maybe more. Especially since we’re in the market for some area rugs. And I’ve done the math, the dirham is a very good deal right now and things are inexpensive in Morocco. It’s a shopper’s dream. And I’m a shopper.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, there will be few if any babies/children on this trip. While I’m sure some people travel to Morocco with babies, I can’t imagine why you would. Even if the SIL’s friends have children, it’s highly likely they’ll be left at home. So it will be a perfect trip for DH to just relax and not stress out about why everyone has kids and we don’t. Yes, he is still stressing about that. And yes I know, he really should be talking to someone about it. You can lead a horse to water and all that. Besides, being around people who don’t have kids will hopefully remind/show him that you can have a full and happy life even if you don’t have kids. Or at least that’s my hope.
So to sweeten the deal, I’ve told him I’ll deal with painting some of the rooms while I’m on vacation next week. If you know me you’ll know what a HUGE deal this is as I loathe painting. But it will save us $1000. Maybe more. And I’ll stop nagging about how craptastic the unpainted rooms look if I don’t get to them. There’s always next year. Which will be when we redo the driveway and repoint the chimney. Or maybe the year after. Both need to be done but another few years of waiting won’t hurt.
Finally, I told the hubs I’d hold off on buying yarn for the rest of the year. I know. No more yarn in 2010 (the KW Knitter’s Fair doesn’t count…the yarn diet starts AFTER September 11). It will be tough. But I have a giant stash and really should be knitting that down. And think of the yarn buying bender I can go on in 2011 and all the space I’ll have for that new yarn. It would be totally worth it.
So cross your fingers for me. DH is thinking about it. He’s already talked about going a week early and spending it on the coast in a resort. And maybe even spending some time in London, England as we’d connect through there. The kicker will be work. If I am very lucky his projects will slow down and he’ll be able to take a few weeks off. He can spend time with his sister and immerse himself in all the Moroccan history he can handle. I can compare carpets to my heart’s content and look for hidden treasures in the souks. Win-win. Cross your fingers for me and think desert-y thoughts.