The Stay-Cationers

1 Sep

I don’t know how it happened. But it’s been three years in a row.

Wait!

No.

Six!

It’s been six years in a row.

That burns me out.

I didn’t plan on becoming one, it just happened and it has nothing to do with parenthood. It’s just what happened.

I knew it was on the calendar, been on the calendar for years. It’s been set in stone since the late 1800s. I looked it up. It’s historic, people look forward to these things for months. Months!  Counting down the days until this particular weekend happens.

It’s the weekend where you get extra time, but not just an hour, you get a whole 24 hours to do whatever you want. There’s no one expecting you to clock in. You get three … three days to yourself … to celebrate, relax, unwind in some place that’s not your home. Anywhere but home. It’s your opportunity to sit in traffic or deal with airport personnel on your way to some great destination.

It’s the three-day weekend.

It’s Labor Day Weekend.

In some parts of the world they even call it a holiday. Not vacation, holiday.

A time to live labor-free and celebrate.

And here I was … working my ass off as a parent and letting the weekend pass me by without a boarding pass, or filling up the tank.

Yeah.

It happened to me.

I was one of them.

I’d come to the realization that I’d become one. Didn’t expect to, thought I’d have a timeshare or something, but no … nothing. Not even a huge backyard where I could set up tents and pretend to go camping. No pretending.

I’d become one.

I’d become a Stay-Cationer.

I didn’t mean for it to happen, but looks like once you hit the five years in a row mark, it’s official. You get a card. You’re in the club. You’re in the try to make a vacation for yourself in your own city club. Try to escape your hustle and bustle without boarding a plane or train group.

Normally things of this nature don’t burn me out, but for some reason it did this year.

And it’s probably because it wasn’t a conscious choice. I didn’t say “Hey, Guat why don’t you just stay in this weekend and explore the city.”

No. In fact, I don’t think I said that to myself at all the last five years, I think that’s what dawned on me.

So after a I’m-burned-out-I-can’t-believe-this-whoa-as-me session I came to grips with reality.

I an accidental tourist in my own city.

Yeah.

That was me.

But considering my location, I guess it wasn’t that bad. I was at a place where Coppertone 45 and flip-flops were an essential part of life. There was Framboise.  There was chocolate. There was laughter. And then there was more chocolate. And the fact that my kids weren’t having any meltdowns along the way gave this in-town retreat a five-star rating.

I’d have to admit that it was pretty good after all, even if I’d become a three-day weekend Stay-Cationer, it wasn’t too bad of a place to get stuck in.

Exhibit A

The Beach.

A good starting point for your stay-cation is a visit to the Pacific Ocean.

A good starting point for your stay-cation is a visit to the Pacific Ocean.

 

Exhibit B

Relaxation.

Actually having fun at the beach before we hit some boogie board action, followed by a swim in the pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Actually having fun at the beach before we hit some boogie board action, followed by a swim in the pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

 

Exhibit C

Good Food.

After all that fun in the sun we hit the food truck nation, over 30 trucks lined the streets of our neighborhood this weekend where there were so many tasty dishes tempting us.

After all that fun in the sun we hit the food truck nation, over 30 trucks lined the streets of our neighborhood this weekend where there were so many tasty dishes tempting us.

 

Exhibit D

The Best Truck Ever = The Best Smile Ever.

We found the truck that we'd been searching for ... The Grilled Cheese Truck. We had the Cheesy Mac and Ribs Grilled Cheese. I can't even begin to tell you how awesome ... dude ... I can't even.

We found the truck that we’d been searching for … The Grilled Cheese Truck. We had the Cheesy Mac and Ribs Grilled Cheese. I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome … dude … I can’t even.

 

Exhibit E.

There’s no picture for Exhibit E … it’s just my soft Bed, Bath & Beyond pillow that will assist me in a long restful sleep after my supreme you-do-with-what-you’ve-got-because-what-you’ve-got-is-enough stay-cation.

Shine on.

 

 

 

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8 Responses to “The Stay-Cationers”

  1. anotherday2paradise September 2, 2014 at 5:40 AM #

    I’d say that you had the right idea, TG. What a perfect way to spend the long weekend, without all the ‘agro’ of airports and traffic jams. You just gotta love that food truck’s smile. 🙂

    • The Guat September 5, 2014 at 10:58 PM #

      Thanks! Sometimes I gotta dig deep to appreciate the surroundings, and the fact that there were no traffic jams definitely helps. And you’re absolutely right, food truck nation was a good night out.

  2. susielindau September 2, 2014 at 5:45 AM #

    You’re a stay-cationer in a resort area, a destination city, a vacationer’s paradise. Everyone likes a change of scenery!

    • The Guat September 5, 2014 at 10:57 PM #

      LOVE that perspective. Ha! I need to remind myself of that … “resort area, destination city, vacationer’s paradise.” That cracked me up and definitely made me feel better.

  3. lameadventures September 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM #

    After relaxing on a warm, sandy beach and if I could (still) scarf a melted cheese sandwich, Exhibit E would definitely be cheese-eating induced food coma. It seems you did good and you didn’t mention anything about small fry whining. So, maybe you did real good!

    • The Guat September 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM #

      Thanks buddy. Yes any time you’re outdoors or celebrating any kind of outing and the kids don’t have a breakdown it’s definitely a high-five moment. And that grilled cheese was totally amazing, I almost went for round II but the line was too long.

  4. Island Traveler September 4, 2014 at 1:13 AM #

    It helps to be creative when we have to stay home and around our city during holidays. A visit to the beach, a taste bud feast to a favorite restaurant, a comfortable, undisturbed sleep, these are great elements of a perfect holiday. You did really awesome making the most of being a Stay-Cationer. I had to work on Labor Day weekend but had breakfast with family Saturday and swam with my son at pool, Monday late afternoon. It ain’t much but it was enough quick escape!

    • The Guat September 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM #

      Working on Labor Day is tough, but glad that you were able to get a little family time. We do what we can with what we’ve got … and in this case what we got was enough 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

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