How long has it been since I’ve had a real vacation? Hmm, let me think …
Five years ago, I was in the hospital for ten days and off work for three weeks. Nope, not a vacation.
Four years ago, I was taken by ambulance to the hospital after reacting to a new prescription medication. I was admitted, transfused (twice), stayed overnight and took a few days off work. Definitely not a vacation.
Two years ago, I broke my foot and was off work for one week. Also, not a vacation.
Last year, I was off work for just over a week while the household renovations were completed. Toss up – it was hell while the work was being done, but I had a very nice house after. And at least I wasn’t at work getting screamed at every day, but the boss was pissed that I took the time off.
Still not a vacation as most people envision one.
Dropping down to a four-day work week helped some, even though many of the off days were for medical treatments and doctors’ appointments, and even though I was never allowed to take both a Friday and the following Monday off, so no long weekends.
In order to save my sanity, I asked my new employer to let me have a couple of weeks to rejuvenate between jobs. Lord knows I need it.
What will I do with all that time? How the hell should I know. I no longer understand what vacations are all about, but I’m certainly going to try not to waste this valuable free time.
First off – sleep for about three days.
And I downloaded a bunch of videogames, so that should take up another few days.
I can’t really afford to go anywhere or do anything expensive, so staycation it is – but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun, right?
So, the plan is – after sleeping and playing videogames, I will get my arse out the door and do some photography, either alone or with Teddy Rosalie, and maybe with a family member or two.
Maybe I’ll give myself a mini-wine tour (Wine, and a chance to do some photography! Win-win!)
At least one lunch or dinner out is a must. You really can’t have a vacation without eating out.
Which brings me to the point of today’s post.
If anyone within a 100-mile radius of Buffalo, New York* would like to meet me for a quick lunch or even just a coffee, shoot me an email. There are many of you I haven’t yet met, and as we all know, meet-and-greets make great blog posts!
I have my calendar at my fingertips. Help me fill it in!
‘Cause if nothing else, in just a few weeks, I’d like to do a post (maybe even a short series) entitled “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” – and I don’t want it to be boring.
*Note, however, that because of Psycho Dad, my volatile toll-collecting, cop-wannabe neighbor, I still won’t go across the international bridges. Best not to push those buttons if I don’t have to.
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