Each year, for seven days in mid-April, here's what we don't do: listen to NPR, open our computers, look at our blackberries, talk on the phone, drive, brush our hair (frequently at least), wear proper footwear, eschew ice cream as a viable lunch option, make any solid plans, rush...
What pretty much goes down during that early spring week is such prosaic (and highly essential activities) as cruising around on our bikes, pondering the merits of shrimp tacos over pulled pork sandwiches, deciding between spf 30 and spf 50, and digging holes in the sand (maybe one of the most underrated activities of all time -- highly satisfying...who knew?)
Here's the thing about our annual beach vacation. It's just that, a vacation. It's easy in all the right ways. We go to the same place, with the same people (who we love dearly) at roughly the same time of year. And this familiarity coupled with the novelty of how different the rhythm of our days and the landscape are from that of our day-to-day existence is somehow the perfect recipe for relaxation. It is by far one of the best weeks of our entire year, prompting us to start counting the days until we can return the minute we set-out for home at the end of the week.
For some reason, I'm especially melancholy this year since getting home. Maybe it's because the girls were older making the trip easier (despite sweet hubby's cast-bound arm, Millie tumbling off our friend's shoulders into the ocean and Audrey getting stung by a jellyfish and attended to by a screaming firetruck toting seven strapping firemen...good times!), maybe it was how badly we all needed a vacation going into it...who knows. All I know is I'm not ready to be back yet.
But I keep telling myself that part of being sad that vacation is over is what makes vacation special... Right?
Ok and now for the "Beach Week Giveaway" winners...the Wolfum napkins go to Megan Taylor, and the winner of the f. is for frank necklace is Kristin Orser. Congrats ladies!
I should also acknowledge that I totally flaked on posting my third giveaway last week due to the altogether slakerish mindset I adopted while basking in sun and sand. So I'll post it later this week -- a little "home from vacation" giveaway if you will. Stay tuned.
Hope you all had a fantastic week!