Vacation, Please

December 5, 2011


It’s been a long week – mentally, emotionally and physically.

The regular routine juggling Husband, the kids, my writing, running and all that fun is taxing on it’s on, but last week we added selling our house, getting everything out of it and sitting at the closing table within 24 hours. And, if that wasn’t enough, on Friday night my mother-in-law tripped in her kitchen and broke her leg. She’s 80, independent and walks 2 miles a day! Fortunately, she had no other injuries or complications when she had surgery to fix it on Saturday. She’s in great spirits and I’m so thankful … and tired.

I need a vacation.

I love traveling. My parents had me jet-setting since I was 6 months old. It’s one of my favorite things to do – even though it doesn’t always go smoothly. Ahem.

Sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation. Like if maybe you were trying to be economical and only got one hotel room for you, husband and the kids and within 4 hours of too much togetherness you were at the front desk begging for connecting rooms. Or, like Husband and my first vacation – ever. We were financially challenged and road tripped to the Florida Gulf. I love that area but not the hotel we picked. It was definitely low budget. Low budget like I wasn’t comfortable taking my shoes off in the room, or taking a shower, (eww) and the lovely smell of chlorine from the indoor pool right outside our door kept me up all night. Ironically, Husband told me after that trip he knew he could marry me. We can’t re-do that first vacation, but I’d visited the Florida Gulf several times since and I always enjoy going back.

One of my FAVORITE things to do on vacation.

I’m heading to Miami on Saturday to run the Rock n Roll Latin Music Miami Half Marathon and I’m praying I won’t need a vacation double take. I’m a co-panelist tonight on TravelingMom’s twitter party and will be taking great notes to make sure things go smoothly for me this weekend – I really need them, too!

Do you have any vacation disaster stories? Or tips to share? Join us tonight Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. EST for #TMOM Monday Twitter party. Got to Traveling Mom’s Not So Great Vacations link and RSVP in the comment section then join us on the party to be entered to win an iPad2 courtesy of Capital One Venture.

Want another chance to win big? Enter the Holiday Travel Double Take Giveaway courtesy of Venture on TravelingMom for a chance to give that not-so-perfect vacation a do-over*. They’re giving away a family vacation, including four plane tickets and five nights in a hotel, worth up to $5,000.

Hope to chat with you there …

Winks & Smiles,




Disclosure: I’m a blogger and I’m being sponsored for this party by Traveling Mom courtesy of Capital One Venture; as always, my thoughts and opinions are all my own.

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Lorraine "Wifey" Robertson is a wife, mother, writer, traveler, and runner trying to keep things simple, sexy and sane.

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8 Responses to “Vacation, Please”

  1. Kim Orlando Says:

    You inspire me! That tough week you’ve had will fuel your Miami run. I’ll wager you have one of your best times yet. Keep us posted! SEe you 2nite!


  2. JC Says:

    Definitely agree you sometimes need a vacation after a vacation! I love to travel as well, but sometimes it can be tough!!


  3. Kim adams Says:

    Glad your mother in law is ok, yes you definatley need a better vacation! I do understand monies tight and hey make the best of a needed vacation but that was a bit much. Poor thing! hope your new traveling adventure is a lot better and tidy’er :) great luck on your race! U go girl!


  4. Tiffany Hearn Says:

    I’m from Florida and think the Florida Gulf beaches are beautiful too. Glad your bad experience worked out in the end :)


  5. marybeth i Says:

    Beach vacations are great but always so much more relaxing without the kiddos :)


  6. tubbytelly Says:

    Marathon…wow. Good luck.


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