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Vacation is so difficult, just to leave our house for one weeks time. All of the things that need to be
set up and taken care of are overwhelming for me. We have to ask one of our friends to watch our dog for the week. Luckily, she is well behaved and well liked. We still have to deliver her and pick her up though, and in Central Florida almost every one of our friends lives at least thirty minutes away. We have to arrange for a neighbor to feed the fish a few times, and check the mail and look for packages.

When leaving for a week, you want for everything to be really clean so that nothing rots in your house while you are away. All of the garbage emptied, and toilets scrubbed so that you aren't greeted by terrible smells when you get home. Pool treated, lawn mowed, air-fresheners unplugged. I try to make sure that all of the laundry is done so that I don't have it to add to what I come home with. It seems like it goes on and on.

In addition to all of that, I really love my house, and I worry for it when I know that we are going to be away. I am a homebody anyways. I spend most of my time there, so I guess I can say that I have attachment issues. Then there is that fact that when you go on vacation with kids, you are never really on are still working full time, but doing it in a different environment which is usually not as cohesive to your lifestyle as your environment at home.

It's a little sad, because not only do I love to explore new places, I also love to revisit well known ones, and reunite with old friends and family. It's simply that the whole thing takes a lot of effort, and I usually return home feeling more overwhelmed and exhausted than I did before I left. I am sure that by the time that the kids are older it will start to seem easier again. I remember how I felt about travel before I had my kids. It was so easy, I miss that. Then again, I need to remind myself that despite the exhaustion, we are making memories today that I am sure I will remember forever. My children will never be this age again. The work is worth it. The journey may be exhausting, but it's equally amazing.


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I actually really dislike Oprah Winfrey as a talk show host and television personality.

I was home with my kids when they were babies and I had her show on a lot. Then at one point I remember her and her friend going into a Walmart and just cracking up over the fact that they were so frigging isolated by their current wealth that they didn’t understand how things worked there. Like the way that the plastic hangers operated or something…

I remember being absolutely disgusted at their behavior. Not only that someone who presents her life story as having grown up in poverty would turn around and make fun of the fact that she doesn’t understand how people who are not as well off as her would live, but additionally to think that her audience is so much less intelligent than she is that not one of us would be offended by her behavior.

Well I was, and I haven’t watched a thing that woman has put out in the past ten years.

I do think she is a brilliant actress though, even so, I couldn’t watch …