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New Year’s Staycation Resolution

January 3, 2010

I thought it was only fair to let you know how our unplanned holiday staycation turned out. The best I can say about the flu is that there’s no place like home. If you have to be sick anywhere, might as well be in your comfy home, complete with slippers, a pot of tea, and nearby gourmet take-out.  It took me several days to come to this latest rationalization  after missing a long-awaited vacation gone the way of all plagues–but out with the old year.

And there are true benefits to the staycation, especially after you feel well enough to enjoy them. I slept late—something I never do on vacation (because there’s too much to do).  Each day I tackled some menial task I characteristically avoid—such as “feeding” the butcher top counter with mineral oil/beeswax. I felt elated (well, within the bounds one can feel elated for such an accomplishment).  I cleaned the basement—elation again. I took 4 bags of clothes to the Salvation Army—more elation. I cleaned out my file drawers, and put things in some semblance of order. I cooked and froze food for those ever so busy work weeks ahead.  I saw movies, watched football, goofed around with the kids, had fun with my husband (who also had the plague), shopped for nothing, yet for whatever caught my fancy. I even idled away 2+ hours reading the paper and the latest New Yorker cover-to-cover, remaining as Zen-like as possible, while waiting for my Dr., who was  late to the office on an icy morning. On any other week, you would’ve had to peel me off the ceiling.

While my New Year’s Resolution won’t be more staycations (I’m just not temperamentally disposed to plan a staycation); it will be take life as it comes, and make peace with it. Why not?  Happy New Year.

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