Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Great Staycation

This week is Spring Break for us teachers.  Yeah, we may not get paid in money, but we do get paid in time off.  Anyway, instead of going anywhere, my husband (Ted) and I decided to stay home for a change since we travel so much in the summers, plus we went Greece this past Christmas.  All I can say is, it's so nice to be home!  Just hanging around our house when we don't have to work feels so novel since we never get to do this.  I have been loving it!  The point of this post however, is not for me to brag as much as it is to give you some ideas about what to do on your own "staycation".

One thing we have been able to do this week is go on long bike rides (as in bicycle).  I never thought I would like doing this, but Ted has converted me.  For 3 summers in a row, we went on bike cruises in Holland.  What's a bike cruise?  It's where you live on a canal boat for a week which goes around to various towns, drops you off with rental bike, then goes ahead to the next town where you have to meet it.  Sometimes, we would bike 35 miles in a day!  This was the first time I ever felt respect for my body.  Yeah, it's not much to look at but it sure can haul-ass all over Holland on a bike!  These trips got me into the whole cycling thing.

Anyway, we have gone on a few bike rides this week.  Not as much as 35 miles or anything, but we did 15 yesterday.  Plus, the weather is perfect right now.  Not too hot with a pleasant breeze.  We brought lunch with us and had a picnic by the river.  Heavenly!

Taking Care of ME!
Another thing thing I've been able to do this week is to really focus on my health. (I am trying to figure out what causes my migraines and I want to get rid of them once and for all!)  Normally, I don't have time to do acupuncture appointments or massages, but this week I do!  Staying home but spending a little money on these things actually costs less than a trip would and it's much more relaxing. 

Cooking healthy meals and trying out new recipes is another thing I have been doing this week.  Also, going to the farmer's market.  Buying fresh, local produce makes me happy!  We also bought some trees and planted them in our yard:  a sycamore for the front, and a lemon tree and a satsuma tree for the back.  I can't wait until we get some fruit from them!

Seeing Friends:
There are friends that I never get to hang out with because we're all too busy.  Since I have time this week, I'm able to go visit them!  I have the time to go drive out close to where they work and meet them for lunch.  Nice!

Brain Food:
One thing I love to do (and don't have a lot of time for usually) is read.  I have a whole pile of books I have been yearning to read and this week I can.  Is there anything better than getting cozy with a good book and a lovely cup of tea?  I don't think so!  Also, I have been catching up on some movies I've been wanting to see. (Especially Sharukh Khan ones!)

There you have it.  A really awesome staycation.  I thought it was going to be boring, but it's not at all!  Maybe if I did this all the time it would get old, but right now I'm enjoying it.   

What would you do on your staycation?


  1. This is my current attitude to weekends. People ask me, "what do you have planned for the weekend?" and when I answer "nothing nada zippo zilch," they look sad for me. No! It's how I like it.

  2. I agree, Pauline! No plan is the best plan. :-)

  3. I had to call him something, right? :P

  4. I have decided that another name for retirement is "staycation". Thanks for your ideas of how to productively while away the time.

  5. Ha! Whiling away time is something I've always been good at! (Not always productively.)