Not because of the terrible pandemic. Or the mass panic that has caused people to hoard items like toilet paper (which I don’t understand because it’s not *that* type of disease. Seriously, I don’t get it. As soon as Costco gets in a shipment of toilet paper, it’s gone again in like 10 minutes.)
But I digress.
Social distancing has been awesome because I have felt more creative and more mentally energized than I have since at least 1999.
The number three is found pervasively in writing. Some of our greatest stories, fairy tales, and myths include threes.
The Three Musketeers
The Secret, Book, and Scone Society
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Rule of Three in writing suggests that three events or characters are more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers.
Three witches in Macbeth
Three ghosts visit Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
Some of the most famous quotes throughout history are structured in threes.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Friends, Romans, Countrymen
Duty. Honor. Country.
Apparently info sticks better in our heads when in threes. (Although seven likes to give three a run: seven wonders of the world, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, seven digits in a phone number.) But I digress.
So I got to thinking about threes and decided to share my three of my favorites (in no particular order) in some random categories.
In January, I opted to go to London for my birthday. I hadn’t been to London in over 20 years. So I spent the week in this fabulous city being a geek, gawky tourist.
Like most vacations, it’s impossible to do everything in one week. But with some planning (thanks to my local friends who gave us great advice) and some flexibility, we saw a lot.
I also recommend going in the off-season. I got a lot of cocked eye-brow looks and questions when I announced I was going to London . . . in January. But let me tell you, January was the best time to go. We dealt with minimal crowds and no lines. Yes, we wore winter coats, scarves, and sometimes hats. But the weather actually wasn’t that bad. And more importantly, no lines (or queues as they say in the UK).
So without further ado, here are my top 5 must-see things in London.
In the days leading up to and immediately preceding the New Year, everyone talks about making resolutions, choosing words of the year, or setting goals. For the past three days, I feel I’ve been bombard with questions like “What are your resolutions?” “What’s your word of the year?” “What are your goals for 2020?”