Friday, October 7, 2011

A Woman in her Thirties Vacations

My husband works a lot. A LOT. I knew this before I met him, since we worked at the same company and his reputation preceded him when I was assigned to his account. I have to admit that his drive and work ethic were some of the major things that attracted me to him. That and orange Starbursts. But that's a story for another time.

My husband also travels a lot. A LOT. He makes George Clooney's character in Up In the Air seem like a novice in an airport. He travels so much that we have to resort to uploading his itineraries into Dropbox so I can keep track of what state (or country) he's in any given week. On the plus side, we have enough frequent flyer miles to circle the globe a few times. On the minus side, well, you can guess.

L decided to take vacation this week, his first all year. There are a few things you should know about us and vacation. The first is that I believe the couple that vacations similarly stays happy longer. L and I have similar ideas when it comes to proper vacationing, and it involves a lot sleeping in places like this:
(Nha Trang, Vietnam, 2007. We took breaks from the beach for Pho, massage, and... that's about it.)

But things are different now, with a baby. Vietnam is not possible. And even if it were, L was most excited to actually be HERE, in Pleasantville, for an entire week. It just so happened to be the most beautiful week I've experienced here (please, fellow women in your thirties, remind me of this post in February, when I'm snowed in and suicidal):
(Photos don't do the colors any justice-- it's amazing.)

So vacation week has involved a lot of walking through the bright fall colors in our neighborhood. It has also involved fixing the toilet roll dispenser in the guest bathroom, going to the dentist, ordering curtains for our front room (finally), and working on childproofing our home. And while it might not be the sun-drenched, booze-drinking, sleep-all-day vacation of my twenties, there is someone in our house who couldn't be happier with the way this week has turned out:

So with that, a woman in her thirties re-examines her idea of vacation. Southeast Asia will happen again (oh yes, it WILL happen again), but until then, she snuggles on the couch with her family, sips a glass of wine, and counts herself relaxed. And lucky.


  1. Love every word of this post. SO happy to hear it has been such an enjoyable week! And, seriously, could AB be any cuter?!

  2. Cutest. Baby. Ever.

    P.s. Those photos of the trees make me want to move there. (almost)

    P.p.s. I can't believe I had to READ about you finally getting curtains!!!....I'm so happy I could cry. :) Hooray for decorating!

  3. Staycations are the BEST. Especially when it looks like THAT outside. I love that baby!

    - Kim

  4. You got L to agree on curtains? Most successful vacation ever!

    Loooooove these pics of AB. She is photogenic like her mama...

  5. Sounds very relaxing...and productive! That last picture of AB is the cutest!

  6. It has been just beautiful out, hasn't it? Glad that you had your husband home for a week, and that you all soaked up that sun and that sweet baby!

  7. Having a vacation now would be a good idea, thanks.