Monthly Archives: April 2011

Vacation is nearly over. *insert sad face*

My long-awaited vacation is nearly over. It has been one hectic week. To think, just seven days ago, I was terribly exhausted after a long week of work. Soon enough, I will have to return to the daily grind, but I still have a few days to work through before then.

I did enjoy my vacation, even if things were not exactly how I thought they’d be. The weather, excepting our arrival Saturday (we were a few hours ahead of the tornadoes that swept through North Carolina and South Carolina), has been gorgeous. Today, it was in the 80s, while where I live in Central New York, it was snowing. It is like a whole new world down here with extremes such as that. I’m walking about in shorts and tank tops, frolicking in the ocean, and sunbathing, and normally, I’m hiding in my house, hoping for warm weather to show up so I can stop wearing coats!

I admit, I spent a lot of my days reading, sitting around, playing on the net, and watching a little tv. While I love to sightsee and experience things, when I know I’m on a limited time and there are crowds around, I really just enjoy not doing anything and not living on any type of schedule. Don’t fear: I did leave the house.  But, really, the point of vacation to me is not to rush through it trying to fit everything in, but fit what you can and relax. Enjoy the sun: We’re still waiting on it up north. Enjoy the ocean: I’m from a part of NY that’s pretty landlocked and the beaches are all on lakes. Still good, but it’s nice to let the ocean wash up on you knowing that water was somewhere else. Enjoy the lack of having to get up with an alarm clock: Sooner or later you’ll return to schedules, and work hours, and detailing your life down to the minute. Enjoy freedom away from answering phone calls, pleasing someone else, and doing someone else’s bidding for once. Vacation is ME time.

That’s why I always get a little depressed when it comes to the end of vacation: I hate having to go back into a super-controlled lifestyle where it’s a burden to not serve at someone else’s convenience. I hate having to stop being a little selfish (Not that I’m very selfish on vacation, either). I hate knowing that I have to be an adult again.

I know I’m whining a little, and I try very hard to avoid that in my writing, but leaving vacation especially stinks for those who don’t work a consistent 9-5, M-F schedule.  That, of course, is what I dread the most.

So, in two days, I’ll be saying goodbye to the summer temps, the sun, and the ocean, and instead head back north where it’s been snowing and cold. Maybe by the time my birthday comes around (Early June), I will start seeing weather like this again.

Ah, well…one can always dream.

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Posted by on 04/21/2011 in family, vacation


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Vacation is close…

I am a week away from vacation. It’s a big deal to me. This is the first true vacation I’ve had in five years. Due to fiscal issues, I did not have the opportunity to do much other than not work with my vacations. This year, I’m part of the family Myrtle Beach trip, and I’m excited.

I have a large family. A lot of people can say that, but I do not know many families where the extended members (aunts, uncles, nieces, grandparents, etc) get together on a regular basis and all take vacations together. We are close knit. My cousins are some of my best friends, and while I tend to be quiet in groups, I grew up knowing them, watching them grow alongside of me, and will always have this sort of connection to them that no words can satisfy.

This year, we are, once again, going to Myrtle Beach. I went with much the same group five years ago. We drive, which means 2 days travel down, and a night’s stay in a motel. When we arrive at our condo, it’s usually with a sense of relief and that vacation is really starting.

We’re not the exciting people. We don’t go to all the tourist traps, or spend every night out on the town. Heck, we don’t even spend every day swimming in the ocean, or going to all that South Carolina provides. Truth is, most of us sit on a couch, lay on a bed, or sit on the beach with a book, just absorbing the sun that we’ve missed in the five month winter we have, and enjoying not being at work, not being on a deadline, and not being at someone’s mercy.

That’s why vacation is so important. Sure, some (including me) cannot unplug totally while gone, but honestly, I take my laptop, not just to websurf, but to write. I take my cell so my family can reach me. I have even given coworkers the right to text me when they need to vent. But, to not have to be up at 4am to go to work and deal with overrunning pots, loud people, and the crazies? Paradise doesn’t quite describe it.

I enjoyed my last trip. A lot happened, and it was somewhat overwhelming, and even now, I’m looking at my bank account and wondering if I saved enough, and whether this trip was worth the loss. Then, I look in the mirror, I look at my work schedule, I feel the tension in my shoulders, and I read the commentary my cousin, who I haven’t seen since Christmas (and that was brief!), excitedly posts on my Facebook profile, and I know the answer. This is my family. One day, sadly, I will not have them here to make them laugh. These vacations are once in a lifetime opportunities. The same group may not go another year. The same festivities may not happen again. And, really, I must evaluate: Am I willing to lose that?

I think you already know my answer.

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Posted by on 04/08/2011 in Uncategorized


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