Taking Vacation the Hard Way.

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Like most people, I love vacation.

Sadly, I’m just not good at it.

If I go on vacation for 5 days, I can’t even enjoy it until day 4.5.

I’ve considered practicing my vacation skills, but I never seem to have enough time to get away.

But this week this all changes.

On Thursday and Friday, I will be taking two days of sweet sweet vacation time.  It’s possible I will even take the weekend as an extended vacation.

And I am looking forward to it.

No getting to the office early.

No phone calls to return.

No 75 emails per day in my inbox.

No students or teachers asking "Do you have a minute?"

No making a decision which automatically makes half the people mad at me.

Just peace and quiet.

Just me and Buddy the Dog laying around watching bad TV (technically he just might be sleeping).

I’ve been looking forward to this short vacation for weeks.

What I’m not looking forward to is the surgery.

But my wife is.  She really doesn’t want to have two Evil Spawns running around.

I may write a blog during this vacation.  I’m guessing I’ll think I’m hilarious while hopped up on valium.  Maybe it will be about the bond of shared experiences Buddy and I will now "enjoy".

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8 Responses to “Taking Vacation the Hard Way.”


  1. Tim
    on Feb 28th, 2012
    @ 9:02 pm

    A bag of frozen peas and a pitcher of frozen…. uh… pain medicine… what a vacation!


  2. DayNyan
    on Feb 29th, 2012
    @ 11:33 am

    Vacations are usually fun, and don’t involve bad TV.
    Here’s an idea, if you like watching people be fools on the internet, and the like, just go to one of the websites like Twitch.tv and be entertained on your computer. It beats the re-runs of the shows we see twice a month, and it’s free, there are even commercials on most of the channels so the people broadcasting can make a living or at least some money off of it.

    Just an idea, have a nice day.


  3. Diane
    on Feb 29th, 2012
    @ 11:55 am

    Good luck. Having myself “fixed” was one of the best decisions I ever made-it took so much worry away. Enjoy your downtime with Buddy. :)


  4. Jeff
    on Feb 29th, 2012
    @ 1:47 pm

    Took the long weekend the weekend of the Masters Golf Tournament. Twas very relaxing, but the peas get cold.


  5. Gwen Martin
    on Mar 1st, 2012
    @ 9:18 am

    Bravo on making an excellent decision. Now a few tips from an expert vacationer. (I have shared these – or imposed them – on several of my administrators over the years.)
    Go the librarian (please tell me you have one in your building) and tell you need trash. No one redeeming quality for a book club or looking for in-depth meaning. Airplane fodder if you will. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about education, technology, or politics. The exception is if a politician is murdered in the first few pages of a crime novel.
    Get several. They are non-caloric, yet may be habit forming.

    Get a cooler next to your couch. Fill it with a variety of beverages and noshes. This eliminates your wife from having to waiting on you. Stack your reading material beside it.
    Find the cooking and travel channel on the tv dial. If you sleep through part of it you won’t really be put out. (Unless of course you were one ingredient from a fabulous recipe.)

    Turn off the cellphone. Do not look at your email, Goggle Reader, or blogs.
    If you run out of quality things to do (this includes several daily naps), write a real letter to someone. It will shock them and might lead to a new fad.


  6. Alicia Manuel Kessler
    on Mar 1st, 2012
    @ 2:43 pm

    You da man!


  7. Marc
    on Mar 1st, 2012
    @ 8:18 pm

    Hey! I just had my “vacation” this past January and got my final “clearance” yesterday. Best decision of my life. Just keep ice and pain killers handy and do something that you haven’t done in a long time. Me, I actually read a book (The Steve Jobs autobiography) from cover to cover. Best 5 days I had in a long time. ENJOY!


  8. nbrach
    on Mar 31st, 2012
    @ 1:02 pm

    Those scissors look a little dull.
    Just sayin’…

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