For the past six days, Bob and I have been on vacation – a vacation at home. Originally we’d talked about going off to a bed and breakfast somewhere, and had even begun planning it. Then I panicked. Mostly about the money, but also partly about leaving the cats, keeping occupied, being away from home – just all kinds of variations on "do I really want to do this?" So we decided to vacation at home – sleep in, go out for dinner, no projects. IF we could manage to do it.
Wednesday I had an imminent case of laryngitis, to the point where I stopped talking and sucked down record quantities of lemon zinger tea. Thursday I admitted that I had a cold, loaded up on Robitussen, and went to my parents for Thanksgiving. At this point in the procedure I was actually very relieved that we hadn’t made plans to go away, because I would have been horribly disappointed about being sick, instead of just resigned. It turned out to be a fairly minor chest cold that had mostly run its course by the end of Saturday. Over the course of six days we went out and got a Christmas tree and put lights on it; roamed a mall; hit a couple of furniture stores to browse for a new sofa; did a little reading; and watched some television. Mostly we slept late and sat on the couch. We either ate out or got take out – no cooking. How wonderful. I now realize why people take real vacations – the world looks a whole lot better when you let yourself slow down for a while, which is something that I’m just not very good at. The fact that we were both able to just stop for almost an entire week tells me how badly we needed it.
We’ve agreed to do it again next year.
Things I learned doing nothing:
*Cats love stationary humans. This isn’t a new discovery, but a re-iteration.
*Daytime television is a vast wasteland. When the weather channel is the best thing on...
*Tragically, it is MUCH easier to watch Doctor Who if you turn on the subtitles on the DVD. When Billie Piper gets going she’s so British that she’s almost incapacitated, and David Tennant in the extra features is so Scots that he sounds like he’s got a mouth full of marbles. MUCH better with subtitles.
*When I’m so tired that I don’t even have the energy to read, it’s past time to take a break.
But now it’s back to normal, and I have *859* invoices to process at work. Geez – you take two lousy days off...