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Monday, April 12, 2010

Twas The Night Before Vacation

Documents Waiting for Filing
Twas the night before vacation, and all through the house, nothing was packed because Susan was out.  Out working, that is. 

Why is it so hard to get everything done right before vacation?  Many of us have just taken time off of work (or are just returning from Spring Break).  Sure, we're thankful for the time off, but the night before vacation is always a blur.

To start, it’s always impossible to wrap things up at work.  When I told Doug I had scheduled a deposition three hours away the day before vacation, he looked at me like I was crazy.  Why do you always put yourself through this madness?

The answer is easy.  I’m trying to squeeze everything I possibly can into my schedule before I head out on vacation.  Theoretically, it’s supposed to make my life easier when I return home.  And I can enjoy myself more on vacation knowing that I’ve wrapped up the loose ends.

The only problem?  Ends don’t wrap very easily.  Instead, they unravel. 

I got home later than expected and didn’t even have time to eat dinner.  (When I skip meals, you know it’s serious.)  Nick didn’t have a swimsuit that fit.  Anna didn’t have anything to wear (those are her words) and Abby couldn’t find her backpack.  And we had to get to bed at a decent time so we could wake up at 4:00 a.m. to catch an early flight. 

Yes, we made it.  Yes, I forgot to pack a few things.  And yes, I’d do it all over again – including skipping dinner – just to get out of town with my family and make memories for years to come (and blogs to come).

Now that I’m back in the office, I can’t say my mad rush before vacation made my life any easier. 

What’s worse, the night before vacation or the stack of work that is waiting upon your return? 

I’ll take the night before any day.  Happy Monday!


Wendy Paine Miller said...

I wanted to stop by to thank you for the kind comment you left on my blog several days ago. It was truly an encouragement.

Funny, today I wrote about how reading a good book is like a vacation, but honestly it might be nice to take a real vacation.

It always feels like it takes me weeks to pack and then weeks to do laundry upon return.

Be blessed,

Graceful said...

Oh yeah, the return day is the pits. The work pile at work. The laundry pile at home. Sorting through the mail. And I always feel a little loopy in the I've been gone a month instead of a week (that's supposed to be a good sign...but it doesn't work particularly well with me!).