Sunday, June 15, 2008

I Didn't Know...

I realized a couple of weeks ago that it had been over a month since I had posted anything new. Although I felt guilty, my busy schedule did not permit me to remedy the situation until today. Yesterday as I was watching QVC--one of my favorite things to do--I heard a new term that I thought was blogworthy. The hostess was talking about how the recent economic challenges have made it more expensive for people to take traditional vacations. The consequence of this was that many were opting to stay home this summer and participate in recreational activities either at home or closer to home. She called this a "STAYCATION"!

Now, I don't know about you, but this concept is not new to me...I can remember as a child that our family took several staycations. In fact, most of the 21 years that Eric and I have been together, we have taken a staycation during the summer. Last year during our staycation we put the laminant floor in our computer room. It was both physically and mentally taxing for me and when it came time to return to work, I felt like I needed another week to recover. This was an especially good staycation because it came the closest to simulating how I feel when I have to return to work after a traditional vacation.

What a surprise for me to find out that all these years, I was just ahead of my time--and so were my parents! I'm guessing that there are plenty of you out there who were also ahead of your time--now we can rest easy because we know that we were veteren staycationers before it was chic!

Now of course, the best part of this new discovery would be if I could actually participate with "the crowd" in my own staycation this year. Truth be told, I would love to do this because I really enjoy being at home with Eric, my four kitties and my sweet doggie. Alas, I am sorry to say that once again, I am not going to be in vogue. I have already purchased tickets for TWO vacations this year! Oh, well.


Shayleen Lunt said...

Well, you deserve it!!!
You should be sure to sip some Kool-aid Lemonade on it too...we sure enjoyed ours (Carters;)

Patty said...

You're a real trend-setter!! Pretty soon going on TWO vacations a year will be in vogue- and you can say that you started it all!!
I hope you have fun on your vacations!

Mama D said...

Hey, we are chic before our time, too! I will have to use this reasoning with my kids, who think we're just lame for not taking a "real" vacation. $$$$

Enjoy your vacations!

Mama D said...

BTW, welcome back to "blog-land." It's good to read a post from you!

chelle said...

I am so with you on the staycations. I think a lot of times I would prefer that to packing.loading up the car, hearing are we there yet 10000000000 times, walking all of our legs off site seeing, along ride home AND then unpacking/doing laundry. I am wore out thinking about it! lol Not to mention the $$$.
I hope you do have a great time on both of your trips. They can be fun...if you ignore all the work that goes into going! :D
We too have a trip coming up. But, it's without the kids wahooo!

Rob & Crys said...

Rob and I are not stayvacationers nor vacationers. We go see family and that is our vacation. The last time we took and actual vacation was the year we moved out there. We went to Nauvoo (sp). But I am with Chelle on the packing. Sometimes I wish I could just buy what we needed when we got to our destination and give it away before we came home. But besides not having the financial means to do this, I have to remind myself that I hate to shop, so it would be just as much work as packing.