Sunday, July 20, 2008

MY RECENT STAYCATION

One of the new buzzwords floating around these days is staycation. With the economy making it difficult to travel, staycation means taking vacation days and spending them close to home versus going to the beach or taking a cruise. Anita and I took last week off; and we enjoyed our staycation. We've had a number of them in the past; we just didn't know what they were called.

We made this decision some months back. We're trying to pay off a couple of weddings and other debts; so we decided to stay close to home. Who wouldn't rather be at the beach or on a cruise ship? We were tempted to change our minds. But we stayed true to our plans.

We did travel up on Tuesday to Clemson where we spent some time with Kevin and Erin and had our first overnighter in their home. On Wednesday we spent several hours with my mom and sister in Anderson.

So, what else do you do on a staycation? Watch movies, do yard work, do house work, sleep late, and just hang out together as a family. When you have a wife like I do, staycations and vacations are very enjoyable. I love hanging out with Anita.

Oh--one other thing we did--you've heard me mention that I'm selling books on Amazon to raise some extra cash to help our pledge to the REACH campaign and to help pay off debts. I never thought I'd see the day that Anita and I would hit every Thrift store around hunting for re-sellable books. I even hit a few garage sales (and met some very interesting people along the way).

As far as movies we saw (DVD, not the big screen. Remember, we're saving money!), the only one of the bunch that I'd highly recommend is "The List Bucket." I gave it four stars (Anita, 3.5). I thought Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman were super. They're both dying of cancer and decide to fulfill all the things on their list bucket--the things they want to do before they die. Actually, if I were to see it again, I'd have my pen and paper handy because the movie was filled with good sermon material. Check it out!

I still vote for vacations. And, I know, those days will come again. But staycations aren't that bad. In fact, it was a very enjoyable week.

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