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   Posted 9/28/2009 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all...

And yes, I did think of you all while I was gone and did get a lot of rest and quiet time which I really needed. But my question for today is...which do you like best about a vacation? Going or coming back. Leaving on vacation always holds excitement and anticipation which is great. But even though we are sometimes reluctant to return to the chaos of daily living it's feels good to be back home in your own space. I'm having a hard time choosing this one but I think even though I do love coming home to my own home, I think I like the leaving best.

And you? Do you like the beginning of a vacation or coming home best?

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   Posted 9/28/2009 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Vacation? What is that? I will admit that when we have taken one, it is neither the anticipation of leaving or the returning home. It is about three days into the escape as it takes me that long to relax. There seems to be a point that I start preparing to return and then I get ansy and start to focus on the work that is waiting at home. Being addicted to helping others (work) I seem to have a difficult time leaving but then get ready to soon to return to work. I am leaving for 5 days in the rainy coast this week and I will contemplate this question.

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   Posted 9/28/2009 4:55 AM (GMT -6)   
The beginning is so stressful for me.  Everyone wanting to do so many things.  After the second day we usually relax alittle more so I would have to say I like the end of the vacation.  I feel rested and ready to take on the world for another 8 to 9 months...
Chutz such a good topic this morning.
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   Posted 9/28/2009 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok I am going to be difficult. I like the middle best.

No planning, no worries about forgetting something, no frantic last minute packing and making sure you make it to where you are going on time (like if you have to catch a plane or train), and no concerns some last minute emergency will put the brakes on your vacation like there is at the start.

Also there is no sadness of having the fun end and returning to your real life, even though there is some comfort in returning home to familiar surroundings. None of the "Oh I am worn out but I still need to unpack, do laundry, go to the store, have the paper restarted, get my mail from the neighbors,".... and the other 200 post vacation things that need to be done.

Yes, I think the middle is the best by far as that is when you can just relax and enjoy what ever it is you are doing on your vacation.

Welcome Home Chutz. I hope your vacation was better than you dreamed it would be.
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   Posted 9/28/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome HOME Chutz, Dani was a great fill in for you!!

I like the middle too, packing, making sure the dogs are taken care of etc. always has me asking why am I doing this?  Is this really a vacation?

I also look forward to the end I start tapping my feet saying "There's no place like home".  lol


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   Posted 9/28/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome home Chutz, hope you had a great time, its sounds like it. Oh, hands down I am the beginning type I love the anticipation of getting there and seeing something new. Sadly, I never wanted to come home unless I was some place I should not have been at in the first place, lol.
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   Posted 9/28/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
And you? Do you like the beginning of a vacation or coming home best?
   Dear Chutz,
     I like leaving the best!
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

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   Posted 9/28/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I love all of it: the planning, the travel, going into the motel, relaxing on the beach, shopping, playing in the hotel pool, and the return home.

The only thing I don't like is the bill. :(


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   Posted 9/28/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
WB Chutz!
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   Posted 9/28/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome back Chutz, Depends where I'm going if its to visit family definately the arrival, leaving is so sad, especially now our parents are mid eighties, you never know if you'll see them again. But in Aus, packing up the car getting all the food sorted, organising 3 children and often Hubby too, is very stressful, so I'd say, the middle. Once youre there and sorted and can start to relax. Then if its a long holiday, we go to Ireland to visit DH family then I love to come home. All that rich Irish cooking starts to weigh me down and I dream of a simple stir fry and having my own space. Sad I know, golitho

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   Posted 9/29/2009 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I can sure agree with all of your answers. For me just getting away anywhere with hubby for some quiet time together is heaven! And thanks especially for the sweet words welcoming me home. You are so special to me...all of you!

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   Posted 9/29/2009 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I also want to welcome you home! I didn't post here because I haven't taken a vacation in a decade, so I've sort of forgotten. No money for it. But if I think back to when I did take a few, I think I'd like the "middle" part, too!

BTW - check out the thread we started for you - a surprise party!



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   Posted 9/29/2009 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
ME??? OM Goodness. What a special treat. Heading there now!

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