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An Idle Mind is the Devil’s Workshop

I hate to do nothing.  I get stir crazy.  The Husband gets annoyed when we go on vacation and I don’t want to just sit by the pool.  One hour at the pool in the morning and one hour at the pool in the afternoon and that’s more than enough for me.  I’d much rather be doing things, sightseeing, walking around, anything but sitting.  I know most people enjoy doing nothing, but I’m a weirdo.

About an hour of that is all I really need.  Maybe two hours...

About an hour of that is all I really need. Maybe two hours…

We recently went on Vacation and all the downtime drove me nuts.  We did a lot, don’t get me wrong, but there was too much down time for my liking.  I’m the same when it comes to work.  I want to be busy.  I think that’s partially why one of my most favorite jobs ever was being a Front Desk manager for a busy Cape Cod hotel.

Being a front desk manager in a busy hotel in a vacation hotspot means being ready for anything, and I mean anything.  There are so many different people, coming and going, needing directions, needing recommendations, having complaints, just chatting while they wait for their friend.  It was never a dull moment.

The Aria Front Desk

The Aria Front Desk

There was one night when we were patting ourselves on the back for a smooth Friday night check-in. We had just checked-in three coaches full of tourists from various places who had come to visit Cape Cod for the first time.  After the room moves, the luggage deliveries, and making sure that everyone was happy, we got a call from another local tour operator.  They had a coach full of unhappy guests.  The hotel they had checked into did not meet their standards and this tour operator wanted to know if we had any rooms.  We did, but it took at least a day in most cases to prepare for a coach.  I gladly took on the challenge.  We made the key cards in record time.  The room maps were highlighted and attached to the key envelope with precision.  We labeled everything and entered in the rooming list all before the bus pulled into our parking lot.  The guests entered the hotel relieved that they had found somewhere nicer and for once, they were all happy with their rooms (a rare thing).

It felt good.  It was crazy.  It was chaotic.  It was glorious.  I thrive on being surrounded by a chaotic mess of business.  It’s wonderful.  I know that some people might think that’s not healthy but it’s just something that I just love.

I sometimes miss that chaos of a busy job.  I don’t necessarily miss the hours that are required but it sure beats the opposite.  I have experienced the joys of unemployment and I nearly went insane over it.  The first few days of unemployment were lovely.  I read books, watched daytime tv, realized why I liked reading books during the day more than daytime tv, watched movies.  Then the boredom hit.

Yeah - that was pretty close to my list...aside from applying to jobs...

Yeah – that was pretty close to my list…aside from applying to jobs…

It’s amazing how having nothing to do can really wear on one’s brain. There’s that old poem by Shel Silverstein “Whatif” that pretty much summed up how my brain began to function.  It was like a switch flipped and all of a sudden my brain realized that it was being underutilized.  I stared thinking crazy things like in the poem.  When I had nothing to think about during the day,  I just started going to places that no normal person goes and it was like my mind couldn’t shut off.

That was when I really learned about myself and how I needed to be thinking, problem solving, having some kind of thing to do during my day other than trying to entertain myself.  I actually missed people complaining to me or even accusing me of stealing their orthopedic shoes (true story!) which is something I thought I would never miss.

I guess that’s why I have turned to blogging.  It helps fill the void.  I work part-time now and I now have a daughter who takes up a lot of my time, but it’s not really chaos.  Blogging has helped me keep my mind busy and kept me from a padded room somewhere, though I hear that those rooms are very relaxing…

Do you like being busy or do you prefer relaxing and vegging out?

This post was inspired by NaBloPoMo, a month-long blogging project.  Read other blogs that are participating by clicking here.  Today’s prompt: Are you happier when you’re working or when you’re relaxing?

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Relaxation, I Remember The Word

It’s been a busy week, at least it feels like it has been.  I don’t know that I have much to show for it though.

Friday night is here and the weekend has begun.  Relaxing on a Friday night usually means catching up on the DVR.  Tonight, we watched last week’s episode of Sons of Anarchy (the season finale), The Walking Dead (mid-season finale), and the Vampire Diaries.

Yes you read that right, we, yes the Husband watches too, watch the Vampire Diaries.  It’s cheesy.  There’s way too much drinking, sex, and skipping school for it to be even remotely realistic. Oh wait, the vampires probably take care of the suspension of  reality aspect don’t they? Oh well.  We’ll just chalk it up to a guilty pleasure.

All joking aside, it’s quite a way to unwind with the Husband after a long week.  We started the night off watching the Club take out one of its biggest threats, the fate of one of its own now hangs in the balance, and Gemma is being Gemma.  This season felt too short which just shows how good a season it was.  A recent article with the show’s creator, Kurt Sutter, talked about how it really takes Hamlet and brings it to a different theater, with more players and a few more sub-plots.  It’s one reason I enjoy it, seeing the Shakespearean theme played out on Harleys with hardened criminals, the women that stand behind them, the lives they destroy in their quest to find peace for themselves at any cost is so captivating.  Now we have to wait months to find out the fate of the Club and everyone else under the Club’s umbrella.  (There is so much more I want to say but I don’t want to post spoilers since I hate it when people do that to me!)

We then go from one type of monster to another.  The zombies in the Walking Dead are my kind of zombies, they move slowly.  I feel like if I had to face those kind of Zombies in a zombie-pocalypse, I might actually stand a chance.  Though, if I end up in a camp with someone like the Governor, I might reconsider my chances in the woods surrounded by walkers.  That man really creeps me out.  Everything about his little Stepford town is just creepy, not to mention the fact that Merle is close to being in charge is more than enough to make me turn the other direction.  I also am still wondering about Michonne and her background.  What made her so hard and what is with her attachment to that katana?  I haven’t read the comics though, I must admit that I am very close to picking them up. I am interested to see how things will develop and play out after the mid-season finale.

I also have to confess that I’m kind of annoyed with all these mid-season breaks.  I suppose if the trade-off is more amazing television then it’s ok but it’s still a little annoying.

So watching all this violence and monsters, we spent a relaxing night in, suspending our reality for a little while and feeling completely entertained.

This post is part of a month-long series of posts with NaBloPoMo.  Check it out! Today’s prompt was “What’s the best way to relax after a hard day?”  Be sure to read the other blogs that are participating!

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Getting Over Vacation Hangover

The Husband and I recently went on our first vacation since we had the Daughter.  We decided that we would spend our anniversary away and back in March, booked our October vacation for Las Vegas.

It has now been six days since I’ve been back and I still feel a little off kilter and you can tell because I haven’t blogged or even played my most favorite Facebook game since I’ve been back.  I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have a true daily routine to come home to?  Maybe the holiday weekend added to my already weird sense of time?  Maybe I just didn’t want vacation to be over despite the fact that I missed the Daughter terribly.  Or maybe I just really enjoyed myself and was basking in the glow of a Vacation Hangover.

Vacations are weird like that.  Some people come home saying, “I need a Vacation from my Vacation.”  I have to be honest.  I never really got that statement.  If you need a vacation from a vacation, then you must not have enjoyed your time off or you spent your time go, go, going that you missed the point of your vacation?   All I know is that I have never felt that way about vacation.  I usually come back happy and excited because I spent time in a new place, saw new things, met new people.  It’s just a fun thing to me – not stressful.  And yes, we have traveled with the Daughter – internationally and it was quite the adventure but in the end not too stressful, but that is a story for another time.  Travel is an adventure and vacation is just a word to call that adventure.

During our latest adventure, we stayed at the Luxor, the hotel/casino that is shaped like a pyramid and themed after ancient Egypt.

The Luxor from Las Veags Blvd

After attending the annual AAA Travel Marketplace back in March, we decided to book through Southwest Airlines Vacations.  Now, having the experience I have in hospitality, I usually feel better booking my components separately and tend to avoid packages because sometimes there are just better deals on the service provider’s sites.  But after doing my own research through my normal routes, the package that we were offered at the travel expo really was an amazing deal.  A nightly room rate of $36 (plus tax), transportation to and from the airport, and non-stop flights from Providence to Las Vegas were the key components of the package.  We could have added a rental car but after talking to many Vegas veterans, we figured we probably wouldn’t leave the Strip and that the taxis and buses would be enough for us to get through the city.

Being Vegas virgins, we went with only ideas of what we wanted to do.  My husband thinks I plan too much so he did not want to have a set agenda.  Though, I have to say, my idea of planning is just a loose list of things I’d like to see or do.  Not a list that says at 0730 hours we will wake, by 0830 hours we will have eaten at XYZ Buffet, at 1000 hours we will purchase tickets for the Deuce, etc…Even though that’s what the Husband thinks it is.  My travel style is to do research and see what people recommend then just make a list of points of interest and attempt to see them.  Despite my list, the Husband and I both agreed there were three main things we wanted to do while in the City of Sin.

1) See the Bellagio Fountains – check

2) See the Casinos – Check.

3) Eat at one of the Top Chef Masters Restaurants – CHECK!!!

Hubert Keller is one of my favorites from the show and we actually ate our anniversary dinner at his Burger Bar in Mandalay Place (the mall between Luxor and Mandalay Bay).  Best burger I have eaten in a VERY long time!  Plus the milkshakes were for grownups!

I should note that we “settled” for this more affordable option despite the fact that we really wanted to be enjoying the “Fleur Burger 5000” which consists of Wagyu beef, foie gras, truffle, and a bottle of ’95 Chateau Petrus all for the completely reasonable price of $5,000.  I am not kidding either…See for yourself.  Also, you should know that the first sentence of this paragraph is ripe with sarcasm…it’s practically oozing from each letter, even if I really am curious as to what that burger would taste like.

I’ll take my milkshake, enjoy it, and pretend it cost $5,000 because it sure tasted good enough to be worth that much!

Other than that, we just meandered around like slack-jawed tourists, in awe of the sounds, the lights, the people-watching.  We did all of that very successfully, I might add.   We didn’t gamble all our money away in part because we didn’t have a ton of money to gamble but also because we were there more for the attractions and the experience of the city that never really sleeps.

So, why is it so hard for me to get back into the swing of things?  Am I that resistant to getting back into a routine?  Possibly.  Maybe I should start planning my next vacation.  That might help me feel like I’m accomplishing something.  Now to get out the map and throw the dart…


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