One of the things I do to get through meetings at work is keep a countdown calendar on my phone. That countdown lists how many days, hours, and minutes it is until my next big trip. That way when a meeting takes longer than is productive, or I need something to focus on keeping me out of jail when I would really like to beat someone roundly about the head and shoulders, all I have to do is look at my timer. “Ah hah. If I avoid committing any crimes or going to jail for the next however many days, I get to do something fun.” I booked a cruise well over a year ago, and when I initially started my countdown timer it read over 400 days. A long timeframe, that. The timer presently reads 24 days, 2 hours, and 43 minutes until I board the ship, and today I get to make an important linguistic change– I get to start talking about a cruise later this month.