Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Happy to be home

It's been an entire week that I've been away from the blog and surprisingly enough, I do not have the shakes.

This is the first day I've been really home since July 16. A trip to Vancouver with the family, followed by a quickie weekend to Chicago all by my lonesome, and then a week with family at a cottage, capped off with a resort visit at Blue Mountain brings us back home today... and exhausted. It looked great on the calendar, but now I need more vacay from the vacay.

A few things I've learned during the whirlwind of the past couple of weeks...
  • having my own "thing" (blog, blog conference/ girls weekend away), something that's mine, all mine, is okay. In fact, better than okay. I got to rediscover who I am as my own person; the kids got to spend quality time with their Dad, and I came home to a clean fridge and cupboards cleared of expired goods, vintage 2006. I told you, I'm a horrible housekeeper, but what a strategy, don't you think? I need to get away on my own more often;
  • there are a gazillion cute little dogs in this universe, all on vacation and more than willing to help my kids with their pressure tactics;
  • my son loves having swimming races with me, and I can still do a surface dive in the deep end of the pool and come up with only one blood shot eye rather than two (it was the swimming, seriously, not the drinking, come ON!);
  • trying to remember the lyrics to 80's and earlier songs (aloud) while dancing and making s'mores for your kids around a campfire, will make them think you're drunk. It was only mid "Stairway to Heaven", when I reminded my boy not to perform a faceplant into the flames that he remarked, "that's great Mom, thank goodness, now I know you're still here with us!"
  • my daughter is in such a rush to grow up and two 16 year old female cousins will trump Mommy every time;
  • my relationship with the man is still strong enough to withstand his new love affair with Ms. GPS. Damn her sexy robotic voice; but if she can navigate while I sleep, it's a win-win;
  • missing a blog post or two in a week can set you free. I'm hoping to have better quality writing and real posts some time soon.
  • there's nothing like your own bed.
Happy to be home indeed.

19 comments:

Ginaagain said...

Damn the GPS mistress! Bob named his Kathy.

It sounds like you had a great few weeks...

Kori said...

I am so glad you went (for your sake) and so glad you are back (for ours).

Cheryl said...

nothing like home....but the vacations are fantastic memories....hope you took lots of pictures!

Life As I Know It said...

I think having your own Thing - whatever it may be - is essential! It's so easy to forget who you are while wrapped up in this mothering gig.

Welcome back!

JustMiss said...

Welcome home Karen!! I can't believe you went on such a whirlwind vacation but I am pretty jealous. ;)

melissa said...

i miss you!!
xoxo

Kim said...

How do I go away and come home to a clean fridge?? Spill your secrets woman!! :)

So glad you enjoyed your me time.. it is just what we need to recharge!

Cherry said...

Welcome home! I'm pooped just reading about your adventures!

I'm so glad you went to Blogher and had a good time. I thought it was funny that the two local friends I know who went are both daddy blogger. So how may men were there and not just to support their SOs?

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Welcome home. I am very happy that I have a few things that I do that are for me, not the family, not work. :)

Heidi said...

Wow, what a lot of fun. I love the Blogher pics. Maybe I'll try to go next year. Glad you seemed to have a great time.

Jill of All Trades said...

Welcome home, blog home. Wow, you have had a whirlwind time this summer but it sounds like a whole lot of fun.

Kami's Khlopchyk said...

You are right on the bed, I even wrote a whole post about it on CMB...not too many comments though, maybe I came on a bit strong :)

And the GPS mistress, OMG, that is hilarious! But I totally see the advantage...frees you up to sleep, read, file your nails...where's the harm?

perpstu said...

I'm glad you had a good time at BlogHer! It took me a long time to feel ok with having something of my own too. This year it was a week away in NYC with five of my best friends.

Welcome home!

Karen said...

Happy to have you home! I'm glad that you had such a wonderful time.

Kristin said...

I've had a few getaways since the dude was born and I always come back a refreshed mommy!

Jocelyn said...

You may be tired out, but you also sound refreshed and vigorous. If I type "go away more often," that doesn't sound right, though.

bernthis said...

I've been gone for 3 weeks and I'm having a blast. I do miss my bed however oh and Led Zeppin rocks!

Momo Fali said...

It's great to have you back!

I agree, getting away and doing something on your own can be so great, and I find that when I come home I feel so refreshed.

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