Monday, August 26, 2013

Summer Staycation

A funny thing happened at work last week. Well, two things really. One, no one quit (myself included). And two, I was given a week off.

The general consensus among associates (read: not managers) is that I was given this very rare gift because #1 Boss is trying to get back into my good graces following our Major Fall Out of August 2nd. And for anyone who may be interested, that's not going to happen, no matter how many weeks off she gives me. She is way deep in my bogus bag and it is ziplocked shut. (I will give 1,000,000 ultra mega bonus points to anyone who can Name! That! Reference! Hint: it's not from the Whedonverse.) And nothing—I repeat NOTHING—is going to get her out again.

But whatever the reason for this happy and unexpected occurrence, I am taking full advantage of it and declaring this week my summer staycation (hence the very clever title). Fortunately, the Mount Washington Valley is an excellent place to have a summer staycation. (It's an excellent place to have a winter staycation, too, so long as you ski. Which I don't. But anyway...)

Here's a glimpse at my goals this week:

1. Watch The World's End. This will require a mini road trip as there is no theater near me playing it. But if I drive south for an hour and a half (give or take some time for traffic), I'll find one.

2. Go on a hike. I've only been on one hike so far this year and that's uncool. Which is why it's on the list for this week. My first choice was the ten mile, four peak Franconia Ridge Trail, but The Man said "Hell, no!" to that one, so we'll likely be tackling the much, much shorter Middle Mountain Trail. And since it turns out that it'll fit better in to the staycation schedule, I guess I'm all right with it. Besides, I've never climbed Middle Mountain (elevation 1857 ft.) before. I tried it once, and almost made it to the top, but that was an ill-fated trip. With luck, this next attempt will prove to be better.

3. Kayak. Probably on Conway Lake. But that part's flexible.

5. Spend some time with my ultra cool brother and sister-in-law doing something ultra cool.

6. Finish writing Chapter Nineteen. I think it's pretty close to being done, but the biggest hold up is a scene where one of my truly rotten, evil characters has to be nice. It's freaking out the other characters and, as it turns out, me.

7. Maybe take a stab at the blurb, too. But only if everything else gets done.


So that's going to do it for me today. What's on your agenda this week?

48 comments:

  1. Enjoy your staycation! I'm working so no big plans for me but isn't next weekend a long one? I'll be looking forward to that :)

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    1. Next weekend is a long one. I don't think I'll have Monday off, though. Always ironic to work on Labor Day, I find.

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  2. Enjoy your week off and definitely track down a theater showing The World's End.

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  3. Well, dang. I wish someone would give ME a week off. I'd sooo be finishing my WIP.

    Thanks for visiting me on Jeanne's blog. :)

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    1. I'm so put out with the woman who gave it to me though that I almost said "Forget it! I don't want your week off!"

      Then I remembered my WIP and kept my mouth shut.

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  4. Enjoy!

    My husband wants me to go kayaking but all I can see is me tipping over and splashing around like a manatee...until an alligator glides over to me and well... This is when I wish I could turn my imagination off. Sigh.

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    1. If there were alligators in Conway Lake, I'd probably worry about that, too.

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  5. I did the Franconia Ridge Trail once, in a borrowed pair of boots, and it was a heck of a hike, for sure.

    If your evil character is being nice, there's only one reason for it - their birthday is coming up. Either that or they just enjoy freaking people out. : p

    And had no idea about the bogus bag line, but discovered the answer in this very short blog.

    http://ziplockeddeepinsideabogusbag.blogspot.com/

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    1. It could really go either way with this character, but it's probably the second one...

      And I will give you 1,000,000 ultra mega bonus points for looking up the answer to today's Name! That! Reference! challenge. You're right...that is a very short blog.

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  6. "Spend some time with my ultra cool brother and sister-in-law doing something ultra cool." LOL. I'd love to switch places with you for a week. I'll be here, home schooling 3 kids and madly working toward a book release while adding to my WIP. There's no rest for writers, eh?

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    1. Scrabble is ultra cool, right?

      I've read/heard that writers are never really on vacation because our minds are always working on some story or another. See, it just looks like I'm not doing anything...

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  7. I hadn't been to the mountains all summer for a hike. It was really bumming me out, but I finally got up last week and it was fabulous. Enjoy your stay-cation. And for cripes sake, get that blurb done!!

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    1. I know. I really can't put it off much longer. Or can I? No, I can't.

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  8. Enjoying the great outdoors sounds like a great staycation.

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    1. Much better than being angry in a stockroom.

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  9. Sometimes staying home is the best kind of vacation. Hiking IS fantastic, btw.

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    1. I think so too. I like to travel, well, kind of anyway, but staying home is much less stress and work.

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  10. On that ill-fated trip, did you become stranded on a desert island with 6 other people, most of whom were strangers?

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    1. Um...no. We don't really have all that many desert islands in northern New Hampshire.

      But there was this one time when I was on a flight from Australia to Los Angeles and the plane crashed and I was stranded on a tropical island with a bunch of strangers for, like, years.

      Oh, no, wait. That was something else.

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  11. "It's freaking out the other characters and, as it turns out, me."

    This sentence made me laugh into my tea. Which is, as it turns out, messy.

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  12. Have a great 'staycation' and do lots of cool things. I think it's funny that they came up with a word for something I've been doing for years :D

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  13. You're lucky to be able to staycation in such a nice area. I love Mount Washington, used to go up there to write. (But I don't ski, either.) Franconia Notch is cool, too.

    ~M
    PepperWords

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    1. Franconia Notch is great. I haven't spent a ton of time there. Most of my hiking efforts have been in Crawford Notch, but one of these days I'll get to all the peaks.

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  14. Awesome to have a staycation! I need to get out and hike more too. I'm waiting for the humidity to go away and the coolness of autumn to settle in first, though. Enjoy your week!

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    1. The humidity hasn't been so bad in our area lately. It was a real killer earlier in the summer, but now it's definitely retreated. Which makes me deliriously happy.

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  15. Staycations are wonderful. Our daughter is off visiting her grandparents on her own for the first time. We miss her but having the house to ourselves definitely has its perks. We can go see movies (like The World's End - good fun) without worrying about appropriateness. We can go to restaurants without worrying is she'll like anything. Very nice.

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    1. In my family, I'm the one people have to worry about not liking anything at restaurants.

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  16. Your phone is off so you can't be called in, right?

    Have fun on your staycation. Maybe the hike will help clear your head so that the perfect blurb will just occur.

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    1. It's not off, but I have Caller ID so I'll know it's them and conveniently not answer the phone.

      And let's hope the hike does help with blurb because I really do need to get it done.

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  17. I've never been kayaking, but white-water rafting is a blast, so I hope you get to and that you have a great time. I, too, want to see The World's End. That may be on my agenda for the weekend. Writing. That's my main goal!

    Enjoy your staycation!!!

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    1. I've always wanted to try white-water rafting and/or white-water kayaking. I usually stick with the much calmer water though.

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  18. WOOHOO! Enjoy your week off. I want to see The World's End but for some annoying reason my local theater isn't playing it this week. =|

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    1. It came as no surprise to me that my local theater wasn't playing The World's End. Still disappointing, but not surprising.

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  19. I hope you have a great staycation! You definitely deserve the break, and it sounds like you're going to have a lot of fun. :)

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    1. It is shaping up to be a great week. I might need a staycation to recover from my staycation.

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  20. Enjoy the time off... I am probably long overdue for a very long weekend away.

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    1. I will enjoy the time off. I hope you get a very long weekend away soon.

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  21. I was going to be hiking too, but I've trapped a nerve in my back and can't. Most upsetting.

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    1. Yes, that would be upsetting. I cracked a couple of ribs a while back and I wasn't doing much of anything.

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  22. The World's End might have been my favorite movie of the summer. I'd say it's worth a drive to see it.

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    1. Oh good. I hate to spend three hours in the car for a subpar film. But I'd drive forever to see a great one.

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  23. Thanks for sharing I've been looking for something just like this.
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  24. *points upwards* Think we have a spammer here.

    Anyway. I'm glad you'll get some time off. Hope you enjoy it!

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  25. I hope you've enjoyed your staycation. Sounds like you definitely deserved it. I hope you have been able to do all the things you wanted to do. I'm thinking I'm going to go see The World's End this weekend. Luckily I don't have to drive an hour and a half to do so.

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