Monday, December 28, 2009


Merry Christmas (a few days late), my friends.

I wiped the dust off of my laptop this morning and it creaked and moaned as it opened. To say its bones are rickety and arthritic is a gross understatement. In laptop years, this thing is a great-granny.

It seems particularly out of sorts due to non-use. My vacuum cleaner knows how it feels.

But, I woke up this morning, and for the first time since Christmas Eve, I felt like blogging or Facebooking or reading news or whathaveyou. It isn't that I've been too busy or enjoying my family so much that I "forgot" about my computer or that I "needed" a break.

There is really no reason at all.

Which leads me to ask - Why do we as bloggers feel compelled to produce explanations for our lack of blogging? I say we stop doing that. Let's blog when we want to blog. About what we want to blog about. And, for heaven's sake, let's stop comparing ourselves to others. If we all blogged the same things, same style, same frequency, to the same audience, what a snoozefest the internet would be.

Where was I? Blogging? Arthritis? Vacuuming?

Oh, that's it. Vacuuming - the lack thereof these last few years days.

So, today - I woke up - and for only the second time in three years (yesterday being the first), I don't have any tiny ones to care for this morning. No dishes to do, laundry to fold, bathrooms to clean, diapers to change, or mouths to feed.

My husband's family has been caring for our three boys since Saturday morning so that he and I could get away for three days together. They gave us the best Christmas present ever. (We love you so much and are so grateful to you, Mom and Dad, Rach and Ryan, and Em and Justin!)

It has been glorious. In every way.

We had a quiet and delicious lunch at P.F. Changs and walked around the "day after Christmas" mall (which both of us LOVE to do sans kiddos. People watching is our family sport - we love it.) My husband introduced me to Chipotle on Saturday night. He's been a gazillion times and I had never been and I LOVED it. It's spicy. My kind of Mexican food.

Yesterday, we didn't leave our hotel room until 6:30pm. I took three naps, we watched movies and football, and then drove across the street to have dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. We ordered the made-to-order Guacamole, Chicken Madeira and Steak Diane - which, if you've never had the Chicken Madeira or Steak Diane at The Cheesecake Factory - GET THEE TO THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY IMMEDIATELY. The flavors are divine in both of those dishes.

We were too full to eat dessert, but that has nothing to with ordering and eating dessert in our family. We finished our meal with Banana Cream Cheesecake and coffee. Regular coffee. Which after napping all day, did little to keep me from falling asleep within 20 minutes of returning to our hotel room.

I have decided that I had three years worth of tired built up in my body and yesterday, I finally said goodbye to tired and hello to rejuvenated. I needed a day to sleep. Rest. Sleep. Rest.

I think all Mommas need that at least once a year. And, not when we're sick. Or have just birthed a newborn. Or are potty training. What do you think?

Today, our last day before returning to our boys, we're going outlet shopping. I've saved my pennies over the last few months and I have some gift cards and a very generous husband with whom I'll be leisurely strolling hand in hand through stores with all sorts of little, breakable goods, sipping coffee, and stopping for a long lunch where we can continue to talk about anything and everything.

No stroller. No negotiating through meltdowns and threats of discipline. No bribes for good behavior.

Just us. Rested, rejuvenated us.


  1. That sounds like a wonderful long weekend! My husband and I have pretty much been doing the same, except we don't have any little ones... we're normally so wrapped up in our jobs that we don't sleep late and have time for fun. I LOVE Chipotle and I'm so glad you finally got to go there. We're anxiously awaiting the grand opening of the first Cheesecake Factory in Delaware in just a few weeks! I'm glad you found time to just relax and rejuvenate.

  2. Sounds heavenly :)
    Enjoy your shopping day with hubby!

  3. Yay, sounds like you guys are having so much fun! I'm so glad! It was a pleasure, believe me :) Batman & Superman were a delight, they even stopped saving the world to help clean up legos for a bit :)

  4. glorious. i could use some of that... our planned rejuvenation weekend was cancelled this fall due to sick kids. grr... i'd like to reschedule for this spring, but the budget may not allow... glad you are having so much fun doing NOTHING :)

  5. "No bribes for good behavior"

    Really? I still need to bribe my hubby for good behavior when shopping with me - or else he melts down. ;-D

    Have fun!!!

  6. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time - enjoy!

  7. Sounds like the perfect gift!! So glad you have had time to unwind and reconnect. We went away for 2 days in June and then again in August... I know, I know 2 times in one summer... CRAZY!! But it was DELIGHTFUL!!

    And so glad you like Chipotle... though since you first mentioned it on FB I have been craving it... thanks a lot!!

  8. sounds absolutely wonderful. i'm glad you had some time for just you and jason. and i'm glad you're feeling rejuvenated.

  9. Oh, I'm so jealous! I love hotels--the dark and cold is just perfect. We got away for two nights earlier this year and we spent most of one day sleeping and watching movies too. I think to those without kids it might seem strange to do that, but what a treat! So glad you got away--I hope the rejuvenation sustains you for a long time.

  10. Good for you two! We made it a biannual thing to get away when the girls were little. It was wonderful even for one night! We made sure we had date night once a week and we still do only now it's about five times a week :)

    Just had the chicken madeira at Cheesecake on Saturday. It's my favorite!

  11. Divine. I love both Cheesecake Factory and Chipotle. I love napping and shopping and strolling with my hubby. Enjoy, my friend.

    How long are you in MD? Are you still here?

  12. I'd be green with envy if we didn't love you all so much and know how much you needed it. It's more like pale lime with envy. ;-) Can't wait to hear more about it!