I cannot sit still. When I had a job in an office building, I’d get up every couple of hours, go outside and walk around for a while. Same thing at my home office where I’d walk loops around the block in between writing computer code. And I don’t even like being in town for long periods of time. I live to get out of the house and on the road.
However, I think we overdid it this summer.
Trip 1: Cuba
Mrs. 1500 and I took a cruise to Cuba. Cuba was hot, but fun. The people were warm and the beer was cold. What more do you want?
Trip 2: West Coast Roadtrip
A couple of weeks after Cuba, we loaded up the car and headed to Moab, California (Manhattan Beach and San Diego), Las Vegas and finally Zion National Park.
Trip 3: NYC and Philadelphia
The girls and I tagged along with Mrs. 1500 on a work trip to Podcast Movement. Before the conference started, we headed up to New York for the weekend.
Dad, No More Beach!
In San Diego, Younger Daughter started whining:
Daaaad! I don’t want to go to the beach again!
Have those words ever been uttered by a human before? I don’t think so! But the complaining continued in New York:
Daaaad, I’m sick of walking. Can we just go back to our Airbnb and sit for a while?
At first, I was dismayed. Then, I realized Little Daughter had a point. I was getting a little sick of life on the road too. At this point, feel free to tell me to shut the hell up:
Dude, you’re complaining about being on vacation?
All of the planning… Moving around every couple of days… A stifling hot Airbnb… A moldy Airbnb… Beach sand in all sorts of crevices…
Regarding that last one:
- Mrs. 1500: Why are you walking funny?!??
- Me: Ummmm, ummmmm….
We had been away for a long time and perhaps I was missing my routine? And then I thought of a quote I had read a long time ago:
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell. –George Shaw
And it hit me. I was missing work. Not the 40 hour/week type of work. Hell no, I don’t miss that! I won’t EVER miss that. Let’s not get crazy now.
I was missing the work that I usually do when I’m at home; typing on this blog, building and fixing stuff around the house, messing with the cars, watering the plants, etc.
I get a little nuts if I don’t get to do some work every once in a while and being with my children full-time doesn’t allow for that.
Next year, we have a one week trip planned to the Midwest. In Chicago, I’ll sample the best pizza in the world:
After that, we’ll head up to Cheeseland (Wisconsin) for some more heart destroying food. Deep fried cheese curds anyone?
We’ll stay in Chicago and Wisconsin longer and take it easy. Hopefully Younger Daughter doesn’t complain.
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