A Quiet Weekend

This was a weekend for catching up on everything from sleep to cleaning. Friday night I was in bed by 8:45pm. I cleaned crazy things like my microwave (gross, I know, but I hardly ever bother-it just gets dirty again). MAM got a hair cut, and for a few hours the laundry hamper was actually empty. I even busted out the iron.

Things are in as good of order as they are going to get for awhile…on Friday I leave for a conference in Atlanta. I’ll be there for four days, then a week later we all leave for the Sunshine state. I’ll be flying more this month than I have since before MAM was born.

The other thing I worked on this weekend was the Etsy store–check the widget to the right. New stuff! We’ve had two online sales so far, but the soaps have been going like hot cakes with the elementary kids at my school. Check it out!

Nightmares and Travel Plans

So far, these are two separate topics, only joined because I’m choosing to blog about them both today. So far, the title isn’t “Nightmarish Travel Plans”, because, well, in the travel plan department, things are dreamy.

But first onto the Nightmare. Or Night Scare. Or whatever-the-heck-that-was that tore me away from the first new Grey’s in ages. Last night, MAM went down per usual, I made myself some chai and sat down for the first time all day at 9pm, ready to watch me some new and juicy Grey’s. And watch I did, til about 9:20pm. That’s when BgK muted the TV and we heard crying–scary, intense crying. BgK leapt from the sofa and up the stairs, to find a distraught MAM on her bed.

I followed close behind, and in 2 seconds flat, she was a crying mess in my arms. After a while, she started to say, “It’s scary!!”

Me: “What’s scary?”

MAM: “Da dinosaur”

Me: “What dinosaur?”

MAM: “Dat dinosaur!!” as she points one little finger to an issue of National Geographic, face down on her bed. She’s taken to reading “her” magazines in bed…..and apparently the dinosaur issue made it’s way into her bed. Either she had visions of the T-rex dancing in her head before sleep, or she was slightly awake at some point and caught an eyeful…

Either way, we banished Mr. Dinosaur from her room, and by 10pm she was sound asleep.

Now onto the dreamy part of the post. We’ve been looking at joining my parents on vacation this spring for awhile, but hadn’t been finding any flights that “spoke” to us (i.e, were practically free). Given what we were finding, I wasn’t even sure I had enough time banked to go to Florida for a few days during the school year. As a teacher, it’s always a little weird to go on “vacation” when school is in session, but it’s always so nice to get away when the rest of the world isn’t on Spring Break. After consulting my boss today, it turns out I have plenty of time to use. So…we just booked a flight to ORLANDO and we will be staying at a lovely resort for FIVE nights.

Dreamy, no?

Thursday Thirteen #2

13 Places I’ve been on Vacation
Here is my second stab at a Thursday 13. Let me just say that a list of 13 is a lot longer than it sounds. This week I’ve listed 13 places I’ve been on vacation–some for a week, others for a weekend. As you can see, I’ve never left North America, and really, mostly, I’ve vacationed in the midwest. But vacation is vacation, right?

1. Outerbanks, North Carolina (for a week, in a rental house–AWESOME vacation)
2. Orlando, Florida (for a week, with my female relatives, just before MAM entered our lives)
3. The Bahamas (on a cruise, I was on Bahamamian soil for like four hours, I think)
4. Boyne, Michigan (for a week, in a condo, with friends, before kids–BIG FUN)
5. Onekemos, Michigan (for a week, our honeymoon)
6. Montana (for a long weekend for a friend’s wedding–Montana was breath-taking)
7. Brown County, Indiana (for a long weekend with friends, before kids–BIG FUN)
8. The Jersey Shore (for a week, as a kid–so much fun!)
9. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin (for a week, as a kid, so much fun!)
10.Louisville, KY (for our 3rd anniversary–our first stay in a B & B)
11. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (for a week, as a kid)
12. Stratford, Ontario (for a four day weekend theatre extravaganza every year I was in college)
13. Galena, Illinois (for a long weekend with my in-laws, very pretty, very fun)

Where have you been? What’s your favorite spot?