Oh, right.

Will made a wise observation this morning: I am not on vacation, after all. I am doing my normal job(s), in a different location, with added responsibilities and less backup.


I mean, I am actually having a very nice time. But.

Taking care of children is hard enough in their own space. In a strange space? A later bedtime is the best I can hope for, really. They know things are not normal and they react to that.

Plus I am still trying to work on my knitting designs, to do some actual knitting, and to catch up on sewing. Last year when it was just Sam and me (pregnant with Grace), I got SO MUCH done. I knew this time would be less productive, but I didn’t realize how very much less.

And I’m cooking in a strange kitchen, which requires a little extra creativity. (Let’s be honest: I am eating a lot of pancakes made from a mix. Which is so easy, but I’ve had an upset stomach all week because I can’t handle the dairy.)

Oh yeah, and I am writing. Or rather, I am not writing, but I need to at least write this week’s column. I’ve basically given up on writing anything for myself.

Also I am taking care of Cassie’s house and cats (though K is doing the lion’s share of the cat care, since she is sleeping in Cassie’s room).

So Will was pretty spot-on when he said I’m not on vacation. My job is harder than usual.


So I still need a vacation. It can’t be very long (Grace needs milk) or very far (I have a $0 budget) but I need some time for myself. I’m not picky–it can be a working vacation or a lie-around-reading vacation. (I am sitting here laughing as I type because YEAH RIGHT.)

With those easy-peasy parameters, ANY SUGGESTIONS?

5 thoughts on “Oh, right.

  1. bethany actually

    August 19, 2010 at 9:19pm

    Do you have a handy grandmother or aunt or family friend who knows your kids well and could take care of them and entertain them for you, minus the nursing breaks you need with Grace? I love it when my mom comes to visit, because she pretty much takes over most of the childcare duties and even does my laundry for me when she’s here. It’s awesome. I recommend it highly, if you can come by a Grandma/Aunt/friend who’s willing to do it for a day or two!
    .-= bethany actually´s last post ..banana-apple baked oatmeal =-.

  2. B

    August 20, 2010 at 10:42am

    as usual, I totally am in the same boat. We’re preparing for a short trip to the lake and it’s totally going to be more work than relaxing, but at least it’s in a different location. I guess.

    I’m just going to instead focus on the positive of the situation and commend your husband as he deserves it. Will? you rock. Thank you for being sensitive enough to realize Annika is not getting a break one bit. I’m lucky enough to have a husband who also notices these things and while it doesn’t at all change the fact that “vacation” isn’t a break, it certainly helps matters to have your partner understand that. Kudos my friend.
    .-= B´s last post ..a tudor for kings =-.

  3. courtney

    August 20, 2010 at 11:19pm

    I like the lie around reading vacay. If you can steal an hour and maybe enlist the kiddos in someone’s care for an hour-hour and a halfish for week? Is that possible? Also like the idea of taking a swim. Super relaxing. A picnic for yourself? A good book, some good food, a nice open space all for Annika. ???

  4. Elle

    August 21, 2010 at 9:24am

    I like the reading vacation also. It really helps me to regroup.
    .-= Elle´s last post ..TMI Saturday =-.

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