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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What I did on my (pre) summer vacation

Just got back from the most exciting vacation. I just had to share with you all the excitement that I had.

What do you mean I didn't go anywhere.

So how could I get back from something that I never went to?

OK, you caught me. I actually had a staycation instead of a vacation.

So what fun & exciting things did I do on my staycation?

I'm so glad you asked. I had so many plans. I was going to get so many projects done being at home all week. So many that I was going to have a ton of things to share with you all over the next few weeks.

So how did I do?

First off, my staycation started off with an ouch. A big ouch! I wrenched my back somehow on Saturday.

So I ended up having to take pain pills & muscle relaxants. Let's just say, I was in "happy land" for awhile. The lower back pain lasted all Saturday, Sunday & Monday.

It was a good thing I wasn't hosting a Memorial Day BBQ this year. I was pretty looped.

I spent most of the long holiday weekend napping.

And watching a full season of America's Next top model in one day.

Meet my new BFF. We rarely parted company this past week. I even took my naps holding onto my new friend. We were inseparable.

BFF & I had so much fun visiting with some old friends.

Oprah had been wondering where I had been. She was so happy to see I had time for her again.

And we can't forget Dr Phil. He was so excited that I was spending time with him that he even had some of my other friends the Housewives of Orange County over for a visit as well.
I was even officially introduced to Dr Oz. I knew that he was friends with Oprah. And I had seen him a few times, but had never been formally introduced. We have now. And we are the bestest of buds. Except he says I need to lose some weight & eat better. Whatever!!!!

By Wednesday my back was feeling better so I thought I might try something new and adventurous.

Cleaning my house. I decided that I didn't like that. I don't think I'll try that again anytime real soon. Besides, the house likes to play tricks on me. It messes itself up when I'm not looking. How is that for thanks?

On Thursday was my wedding anniversary. Mike & I had big plans. But we had no money to actually pull them off. And my front tooth crown decided to break off. So instead of doing something romantic and/or fun, I got to do this instead:

Did I tell you that I hate dentists?

And what did hubby get me for our anniversary? A new $1000.00 tooth. Isn't he the greatest?

But that darn tooth fairy didn't give me anything for the broken tooth. How am I suppose to pay the dentist if she is so stingy?

We were able to salvage the day by going out to dinner.

We went to Applebee's. Only because we had a $25.00 gift card that hubby had won.

I told hubby he could only choose off the 2 for $20.00 menu. You get to choose 1 appetizer and two entrees.

For the appetizer we picked boneless buffalo wings. We got the Honey BBQ ones. They were pretty yummy.
For dinner, hubby had the riblet basket & I had the 7 oz house sirloin. We did pay extra to add a couple of salads. The salads were pretty big & very yummy. We even shared a small hot fudge sundae for dessert. So we had to fork out a little of our own money. But it was our anniversary after all. So we splurged. I was so full when we left.

Our original plan was to go to dinner & then to the movies. But I was so full from dinner and the movie we wanted to see didn't start until almost 10pm. We decided to go to the movie another night. Besides, I still had 3 more days of vacation. I had to spread the fun around.

I was having so much fun on my staycation that I can't even remember what we did on Friday and most of Saturday. I'm sure it was more napping & spending time with my BFF. Too much excitement for me to remember.

On Saturday night we managed to sneak in a little movie time.

A friend had given us some free movie tickets. That is the only time we go to the movies. When we get free tickets. The down side of free tickets is, you can't see anything that just came out in the last 10 days. So our choice of movies was Robin Hood, or Robin Hood.

It was a hard decision. We almost couldn't decide. Finally we had to do "Eeny meeny miney mo". And guess which movie won? I know the suspense is killing you. But you know how I love to tease. Ok, ok, it was Robin Hood. Who would have ever thought?

I love movies from this time period. I wouldn't have wanted to live then, the smell would have killed me. But I love watching movies about Old England. I'm just glad they don't have smell-a-vision at the theater.

It was a pretty good movie. We liked it. There will most definitely be a sequel. That is, if they made enough money from this one.

Do you want to know the best part about free movie tickets? We can afford refreshments. You knew it was going to come down to food. We purchased a drink cup at the beginning of the year. Each time you bring it back, you can refill it for $1.00. And then we get a large popcorn which can be refilled for free. So we always eat one bag at the movie and get it refilled right before going home so we can enjoy popcorn later at home. Still tastes pretty good the next day.

Finally the last day of my vacation rolled around. And finally we get some excitement. At my step son's expense. But we got excitement.

A visit from our local police.

You see, someone broke into J's truck sometime early Sunday morning and stole his stereo, GPS, 2 thumb drives, his backpack full of clothes & a new drill. It seems he locked his truck, but left the window down an inch. That was all the thieves needed to be able to unlock the door & rip him off. He learned a hard expensive lesson that day. Don't leave your window down any & don't leave valuables in your vehicle.

And there you have it. The review of my exciting vacation. Don't you wish you could have come along?

What are you plans for vacation this summer? I still have a couple of weeks of vacation time to use up. Just wish I had some money to go somewhere. I don't think I could handle another staycation as exciting as this one.


  1. So sorry your vacation didn't go as planned. On the bright side you have very entertaining stories to tell!! I'm going to tell my husband he's not the only one who has to eat a 2 for $20!

  2. I can relate to just about everything you blogged about from the lower back pain (thank goodness for pain pills), big $$$ money trips to the dentist (I think my dentist has a goal to cap all of my teeth), inexpensive date nights, and trucks being broken into (makes you just want to strangle the little thieves), but I hope you do get a change to get away even for a day trip and do something you have wanted to do for a long time...Here's to more summer adventures!

  3. Hi Girlfriend...

    Ohh my...sounds like you had a very interesting week of vacation! I'm so sorry that you spent a good deal of it with back and tooth problems...bummer!!! Well, on the got some rest...and that's such a good thing after having to work all the time!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful anniversary too! I would love to see Robin you, I really enjoy movies from that time perios! We had a great anniversary too! I loved getting to go to Home Goods and did find a couple of things! The store was a mix of TJ Maxx and Home I'm not sure that I actually got to see a bonifide Home Goods! Hehe! They really didn't have as many dishes as I would have though...hmmm, but nevertheless...I enjoyed it!

    Well my sweet friend, just wanted to come over and say hello and see what you've been up to! Thank you so much for coming by and taking a peek at my Lilacs and Tea...I always enjoy your visits and sweet notes, Darlin'! Thank you!!!

    Have a fabulous day!
    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design