Saturday, February 25th 2006
The Problem With Pretend Vacations…

Life will get in the way. Life will come SUCK the fun out of it if you’re not really really careful. And we were not.

The laundry will beg to be done. The cat will hock hairballs everywhere, and you HAVE to clean them up, since you’re actually there and not really on vacation. Your husband will say, "Hey, let’s go to Sam’s." (And then? THEN, he will misinterpret your blank stare, as "Sure honey, great idea!" when really it meant, "Are you nuts? NO WAY.")

Uh huh. Sam’s, as in Home of the Bulk Size Miracle Whip. Sam’s with 4 kids, is not what you do on Real Vacation, and not what you should do on Pretend Vacation.

So if y’all really do go ahead with this idea in your own families and towns, as some of you have indicated, remember to COMMIT to the concept fully. Really. You don’t want to sign up for tourist-y stuff and then WHAM, there you are with 2 baskets and 4 kids and can you please hand me the package of 42 paper towel rolls?

~hm

6 Comments on “The Problem With Pretend Vacations…”

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Jeana's mama
February 26th, 2006
9:45 am

My sister and her husband used to live in the Midland area, and we loved going to the oil well museum there. Ok, so we are weird–we love museums!
One year we did a pretend vacation with DH’s brother’s family–drove 75 miles each way every day for a week, going to all the touristy places in DFW area. We all slept well in our own beds, I did *not* do laundry the entire week (a choice I later regretted), and we found all kinds of fun stuff to do that we never did before. Have a great time!

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Jeana's mama
February 26th, 2006
11:04 am

My sister and her husband used to live in the Midland area, and we loved going to the oil well museum there. Ok, so we are weird–we love museums!
One year we did a pretend vacation with DH’s brother’s family–drove 75 miles each way every day for a week, going to all the touristy places in DFW area. We all slept well in our own beds, I did *not* do laundry the entire week (a choice I later regretted), and we found all kinds of fun stuff to do that we never did before. Have a great time!

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chelle
February 26th, 2006
12:15 pm

hehe! I love the idea of a pretend vacation!
chelle

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Carol
February 26th, 2006
2:24 pm

So, the only way a pretend vacation is going to work is if the whole family is on board? Like hubby has to agree not to ask you to do anything he wouldn’t expect you to do while back home…like COOK???

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Heth
February 27th, 2006
9:38 am

Going to Sam’s is not vacation. It is anti-vacation. I’m so sorry……

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David S.
February 19th, 2007
12:06 pm

As a husband myself, I think it would have been prudent to actually verbalize the “Are you nuts? NO WAY.” answer, rather than providing a blank stare. Us men figure things out better with straight-forward, clear communication, and stares don’t count. Expecting us to read your mind usually works ends badly (usually for you). Other than that, hilarious post, glad it wasn’t me :-)

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