COVID19 life Parenting

Day 147: Staycation

August 9, 2020

I don’t think I realized how much I needed some time off until it started. True, a weeklong vacation that involves no travel or social activities does feel a little odd. But a) 2020 is what it is and b) last night, as G threw a random tantrum for grapes at the dinner table, Josh and I realized that our family has not quite reached a great traveling stage and staying home to just relax and hang out is actually a pretty good match for our current needs.

(We didn’t have any grapes!)

Honestly, the only thing I wish we could escape is the heat. I am fantasizing about a quiet northern summer getaway someday. A rented house in Vermont / NH / Maine / Michigan / Canada — somewhere where the morning temps are in the 60s (or less!) and not the 80s. Little streams with rocks and easily accessible hiking trails would be nice, too. Someday.

Anyway! Yesterday was great. After Friday’s brief “upholder rebellion” (I’ve never heard of Gretchen Rubin speak of this, but I absolutely experience it from time to time — it’s when I throw out all expectations, usually for a defined period of time), I feel much much better.

Anne Kolb Nature Center
At the top of the observation tower!
Also possibly my first masked pic.
naptime entertainment (it’s a lot of fun so far!)
kids racing time trials down the block
TAKEOUT NIGHT (Las Vegas Cuban) + a beer sampler that Josh put together

Tomorrow BLP Ep #3 comes out! Will have to take some planner pix today during daylight in preparation.


  • Reply Kersti August 9, 2020 at 11:59 am

    I totally get upholder rebellion and have called it the same thing!

  • Reply Heather August 9, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    As a native Michigander I have to pipe up and say Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula generally would meet that criteria this time of year. I wish I were there, too, this summer. Best family vacation ever was a camper van trip around Lake Superior.

  • Reply Lindsay August 9, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    I would have to say you’d LOVE to visit Minnesota if you’re looking for time away in a cabin near the lakes. There are so many great towns to visit and we’re so close to Canada that you could (in Non-COVID Days) hop the border and enjoy the beauty that is Canada at the same time! 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger August 10, 2020 at 7:02 am

      That sounds heavenly!!!

  • Reply Marcia (OrganisingQueen) August 11, 2020 at 10:35 am

    It’s not rebellion; it’s what your upholder self decided is on your list – to do very little and relax.

    I very occasionally do that too and it is great!

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