39 thoughts on “Tuesday is the new Monday”

  1. I suppose that if you had only rested and slept on your staycation you wouldn’t be so tired, but no, you had to make that jam! Goodness knows what else you did! I find that I either work at work or work at home, and I rarely rest.

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    1. I will admit that I had a prodigious to do list at the beginning of my staycation. But as the week went on I became less and less committed to it.

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  2. I can’t think of a specific time (yet), but I do recall that the best idea we had was taking the train last time we went to California to visit my step son (and my sister). Exhausted by the end of the visits, we hopped on Amtrak and had two days of down time with spectacular scenery (well, till Nebraska, but by then it was dark). We were rested to cope with re-entry.

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    1. For anyone looking for “down time,” I recommend Amtrak. On my first Amtrak trip a wheel fell off a car, and we waited several hours to get that fixed. On my last Amtrak trip our train got parked on a side track for four hours, giving us a full chance to drink in the scenery (a snow-filled North Dakota stubble field). Amtrak has got a lock on delivering down time. 🙂

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      1. Another example of Amtrak down time: on my way from LA to Portland (started out in KC, switched trains in LA), there was a gas leak near the tracks ahead of where we were. So we stopped and waited for a few hours. I had a window seat on the ocean side of the train, but we didn’t stop where there was an ocean view, oh no. We were looking at a deserted tennis court and a parking lot.

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        1. Granted, you can spend unwanted down time on Amtrak. Every form of transport is a drag when things don’t go as planned – yesterday’s flat tire comes to mind. But I’d rather be on a train for the duration, where I can walk to the Observation Car, snack car, or dining car (heck, the bathroom!) anytime I like. If I’m stuck on a plane during one of the airline glitches, I’m really stuck.

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        2. One thing I do like about Amtrak is you really can do nothing but relax. Sleeping in coach, however, leaves a lot to be desired.

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  3. Rise and Shine Baboons!

    Almost every vacation dictates a jolt the first day I am back to work. Invariable, Back-to-Work Day feels like I walk in the door and someone hits me with a bucket of ice water. I have taken to giving myself a day between returning home, then returning to work. In that day I do my laundry and shopping at home, then I go to the office, clear out the Inbox, open my mail, and return phone calls. That helps a lot. I still feel the jolt the first day back, but I can sit in my chair and stare straight ahead at the computer screen with much less guilt.

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  4. I find that on vacation I really enjoy the possibilities that are available. I find breakfast always takes much longer than I anticipated and then we begin and the day is off and running usually non stop until it’s time to drop. I have never done a vacation with a book in a corner it is always a destination and an event that is plugged in with a follow up and a lunch break followed by stuff that’s wonderful with dinner as part of the equation and a sleep schedule that is a bit on the skinny side. Some day I may try a medatative with drawl but don’t bet on it. I also am guilty of never leaving my work behind. I do look in and. Deal with the stuff at hand on the fly and certainly it infringes on the desolate wilderness aura but I do what I do.
    Yellowstone is forced nature loving with no access anywhere in the park to internet. I haven’t been there in a couple years, I hope they have maintained it.
    So I always need a vacation after vacation. I used to have a riight hand person to check in with and get caught up and back on stream with. Now I’m the guy who needs catching up with myself. I try to schedule that daily but after a vacation I need a little extra time to confer. Ummmm….

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  5. You were the person, vs, who admired the word “staycation.” Yesterday I read about the new popular thing: the “nacation.” Get it? That’s a vacation you enjoy while naked. I see some negatives in that, but it wouldn’t be expensive.

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  6. How about the “placation” where, to keep peace in the family, you submit to doing something you didn’t really want to do. Still, it beats the “altercation.”

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    1. Then there’s the “mastication” where you get time to chew on whatever food for thought you’ve brought along. The possibilities are endless.

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  7. I’ve found that cruises are true vacations. No packing and unpacking like road trips. Every kind of food available around the clock. Multiple options for activities if you’re interested. Super friendly people – after all, everyone on a cruise is happy. Hours of laying in the sun on lounge chairs to read, tan, or watch old concerts on the Jumbotron. Line dances and games on the deck. Stops at exotic islands every other day. Several dance venues nightly.

    For me, this was a vacation which wasn’t demanding or filled with “I should do” this or that. The only exception to having great experiences was my first, longest cruise when the sun didn’t come out at all for seven days.

    When my kids were still at home, we’d take our pop-up camper for weekend North Shore fun. The one thing I’ve always been compulsively driven to do when leaving town is thoroughly clean my house, knowing it’ll be chaotic to unpack while feeling tired or let down upon returning.

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      1. Days past alright – I can’t remember the last time I had an iron out. I do remember ironing wasband #1’s work pants, though, and being turned off by the thinning of the upper thigh area caused by his weight gain which had rubbed them paper thin. Ugh.

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