|Photo from Death to the Stock Photography|
When I'm on vacation, I don't have to cook; I don't have to clean; I don't have to walk the dog. These don't take up a lot of time every evening, but they do take up some of it. I walk the dog in the evenings (the dude's on morning shift) and that can eat up an hour easily, after I've cooked dinner. I don't do a lot of cleaning (we have a housekeeper) but the laundry, the inside of the refrigerator, making sure things are where they belong...these things eat up time, and even worse, mental energy.
I don't have any other to-dos on the list. The volunteering, the meetings, the random appointments vanish. Instead, I have stitching time. When we travel, we rarely make many plans for events that happen after dinner. We're like reverse vampires: the sun goes down and we need to be hiding in our rooms!
I can stitch on a plane. I know there are a lot of people who don't like to stitch on planes which are dirty and cramped and ill-lit. I have no problem stitching any project on a plane. I try not to worry about dirt I can't see. I sit with the dude, who has spent 24 years on the other end of the couch from my stitching. He knows needles sometimes fly at him. (I've never hit him. Not once.)
I can stitch in the car. This is a bit of a gift. I know a lot of people find doing things in the car queasy-making, but I was the kid who could read in the car (and did). Whether we're in for a seven hour journey (to Maine) or just shooting over to Sissy's house (45 minutes) I take advantage of this time.
So you can see that travel does give me extra stitching time. And since vacation is supposed to be about relaxation, there's got to be stitching.
What I'm still no good at is estimating how long any project will take me.