Juicy Olive

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List Therapy April 8, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — juicyolive @ 5:39 pm

I’m a virgo. Qualities of we fair late-August/early-September babies include: modest and shy; meticulous and reliable; practical and diligent; intelligent and analytical. In addition, we can also be fussy, overly critical, a worrier and a perfectionist. I’ve also often heard that Virgos are the most organized of the bunch.

While I don’t agree with astrological predictions all the time, it is fair to say that I posess varying degrees of the aforementioned traits. The most surprising one, though, is being organized. Anyone who knows me that tidiness is NOT my strong suit. While I’m not a hoarder or a clutter-lover, I’ve been known to completely walk past a stray item in my house for months without doing anything about it. I HATE putting away laundry. And my office – these days especially – looks like a paper factory blew up in it!

I’m realizing, however, that what I lack in visual organization, however, I make up for it in cognitive organization. I’m a planner. I absolutely LOVE my at-a-glance calendar and always write in it in pencil in case something changes – that way it can be absolutely accurate (this would be the perfectionist trait rearing its face.)

I also ADORE lists. Give me a topic and I’ll make a list. Groceries – I’ve got my trip to Jewel mastered aisle-by-aisle. Daily to-dos – I organize it by client and then leave space on my list to record billable hours. Housework – even though I abhor the laundry, it finds itself once a week on my list of things to do around my place.

But not all of my lists are task-oriented. Many of them are aspirational. One of them – in particular – has been particularly fun recently. I have been adding to my wish list of vacation locales. Some are exotic, others more regional. For each, I have a romatic vision in my mind of what the vacation would be, and I can’t wait to measure those visions against reality.

Below is a snippet of places I’d love to go – sooner than later if possible. Have any of you ever been there? I’d love to hear from you about what tips, tricks and must-visit/must-avoid destinations should be added to the itinerary (also a list, but in a handy calendar form…heavenly for we Virgos!)

  • Portugal
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Idaho
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • West Virginia
  • Lake Powell, Utah
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Viet Nam
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Fiji
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Where else should I visit? What else should I see? The excitement about a process like this (especially when friends get involved) is that we can keep adding to it and daydream about fun vacations together in our futures! If we get to go on an adventure to one of these exciting spots, I promise I’ll only let my good Virgo traits come along for the ride!


2 Responses to “List Therapy”

  1. Anna-Marie Says:

    I think you would love India – the colors, food, decor and people are amazing

  2. Stephanie Says:

    From one Virgo to another, I had tears of joy and empathy as I read your post. It’s scary how similar we are!

    On your “to-travel” list consider adding Iceland. I have not been, but two friends in Denver are looking at taking a trip this fall for 8 days touring the country. I was overwhelmed with travel envy when I got the email about their trip, so I looked up flights in October… from Seattle it’s only $680 roundtrip. Tempting.

    Also, the same couple visited Peru last year for 12 days and recommend the trip to anyone with a spirit of adventure. They stayed in a rainforest and went for night hikes, along with visiting Machu Picchu, and some interesting museums (including an Aztec erotic sculpture museum that they were taken to by accident by a taxi driver).

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