Monday, August 25, 2008

I Go On Vacation More Than My Dentist

Paul recently noted that I’m on vacation all the time. I’m not really but the day I left for this vacation by the water I had an emergency dental appointment that was none too pleasant. To distract me, the dentist talked a lot-The Olympics, Michael Phelps daily dietary requirements and my vacation. He asked how long I was going for and was absolutely SHOCKED when I said 2 weeks.

He then proceeded to ask if I go on any other vacations during the year. I went to Marco Island for 10 days this past Feb (Thanks to the generosity of my in-laws) and then we went away for 2 weeks in the beginning of the summer to see family. The week before this vacation we went to the casino for a free overnight with my grandma and her partner. (Separate rooms) and I spent all of $5 gambling. All told I am spending 39 days on vacation this year. My dentist then asked if I had a job! I told him no. Again he was shocked! He told me he only ever goes away for 3 or 4 days at a time a few times a year. He works in a private practice. My husband is a teacher.

I imagine my dentist makes more than my husband. And he’s his own boss. Why on earth can this guy only take off 3 or 4 days a few times a year?

How is it that I am able to take more vacations than my dentist? Let me tell you.

Obviously having a husband with the whole summer off is plus and grants you the ability to do a lot of things you would not otherwise be able to do. Last summer I decided that even if we didn’t have a lot of extra cash, we do have time and we should really use that to our advantage. I like to be places and see stuff and didn’t want lack of a lot of vacation money stop me!

We also

Go on cheap vacations. I love this little cottage we are in but seriously, these are not plush accommodations.

Stay with family. I’ve been to Florida, Michigan and Ohio and have seen the sights in all of these places without spending a dime on a place to sleep.

Take advantage of free offers from others. If invited to a free night at a casino we’re going even though we don’t gamble. We left our daughter with my parents, stayed in a nice hotel and took advantage of the pool (which hardly anyone does at a casino so we had a nice quality place almost all to ourselves) How nice is an evening away where someone else pays for your meal and you don’t have to make the bed. I can have fun just about anywhere!

Don’t eat out a lot. (Trust me, I LOVE to eat out!)

Don’t buy a lot of stuff on the actual vacation.

Pack a lot of picnics (So far on this vacation we’ve picnicked at the lighthouse and had a dinner picnic while fishing on the dock here)

See a lot of free things. Museums, Piers, Parks, Gardens, and Wineries (even a fish hatchery this vacation!

Look for a lot of low cost things. We have a zoo pass and noticed that the zoo up here has a reciprocal agreement-guess where we are going on Wed!

We spend time together just exploring

We like little things. Today we went swimming at a local beach and then stopped at a local produce stand. It was enough of a morning for me to be having a good time.

We actually have a library card for the town we are in and go there a few times during our stay.

I understand that not everyone wants this kind of vacation, I get that. Trust me, I’ve been to the Waldorf and would like to stay there again. I’ve had really expensive meals and I really enjoy them. Sometimes when you go on vacation you want to be pampered and not worry about the cost. But for me, now, the cost IS a factor. When I started this blog I noted that sometimes you have money and sometimes you have time. I have time and I’m making the most of it without a lot of cash!


The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

Love the picture! Miss you guys! I have to say that I'm reading this after wrestling for days about where to go for ONE night for our 10th anniversary, and finally deciding this evening (with hubby) that while it would be lovely to go some place great for an overnight, we have a decent, but not huge "celebration" budget, and only 1 night to go away. I was making everything about how nice the place would be and finally we decided (after many of the nice places were booked) that instead of wasting money on a hotel/b&b/inn for one night, why not go out for a nice dinner, go home to our nice house that we have been painting and decorating all week, enjoy the freedom of not having to rush home for the babysitter (they're staying at Grandpa's), and then spend the next day spending time together going to places around town that we don't always get to! Still a lovely way to spend our anniversary (together) and a LOT less stressful!

Christine said...

I think that is a GREAT idea. Sometimes we ship the girlie off to grandma's house and stay home and order Chinese and a movie. It's still a treat! This way you can spend more money on your dinner and around town stuff and not waste time driving to get there.

I can't wait to see your new paint!!

lianna26 said...

So glad to hear you are having a lovley time, not that I didn't think you wouldn't for one minute - afterall it is a wonderful little place yo are at!
I miss you! I forgot to tell you that the museum in town has yearbooks from when my Dad and Grandfather were in the high school (my dad as a student and my grandfather as a bus driver).
I so wish we were going to have pizza - in fact my parents are having it Sunday evening because they have a picnic to go to on the normal Saturday night.
Looks like you have had great weather - hope the fishing is good and I can't wait to catch up when you get home!

Christine said...

Yup, having a great time! Fishing was so/so. I didn't do any fishing actually so it didn't bother me! It was a surprise that it wasn't so great because the water is awfully high this year.

Everything else was pretty much the same except I found my dream home in the village!In my daydream life I live in a small town sometimes. That one is perfect! Oh well-Back to reality soon!