Monday, June 9, 2008

Home again

I am home now, but I am far from settled. There is always a cloud of gloom over everything when I return home from a vacation no matter how much advance preparation I may have made. While it is nice returning to a clean house, it's a lot of work beforehand. I have to carefully balance packing with keeping the clutter clear. Then when we come in the door it's nice and clean, but that only lasts until we have to bring all our luggage in. We can unpack bags and do laundry, but there is always more than what we started with. I have to find a place to put the new things that came home with us. The new summer clothes we bought must find their way into our already full dresser drawers and packed closets. Our leftover snacks and food must find a way into the already full pantry and fridge.

It still remains that there is not much to prepare meals with. There is no meal plan to buy groceries for, because I have been so busy catching up with laundry and putting everything else away. There is the endless pile of brochures and booklets that we need to go through and decide what to keep for scrapbooks and future references.

And none of this takes into account that I'll be more tired than refreshed after traveling in the car for hours on end. Then it's back to work for my husband, back to a routine for my son. And I will start my summer tutoring program which is different than the school-year, so we will have to adjust our schedules and routines for that.

Am I the only one who ever feels like she needs a vacation after her vacation?

6 comments:

Nowheymama said...

No, you're not the only one. But, you took your vacation early and have lots of time to recover!

Alli said...

YES! I know a lot of people talk about loving to come home after a good vacation, but I never want to come home! Maybe if I were gone for long periods of time, I would feel differently. But over the last 7 years, I've not been gone for more than 4 days at a time. I love home, and I love our "normal", but it's just so much work to come home and get back to normal.

desperate housewife said...

I always feel this way. It almost makes me hesitate about going on vacation in the first place.

jennifer, playgroups are no place for children said...

Oh my gosh, YES! We're leaving for a "vacation"/family reunion on Friday and I'm not sure what i'm dreading more..the mere fact that we're going or coming home to laundry and an empty kitchen.

Misty said...

No!
I love the preparing to go, and the travel itself but coming home always just sucks.

Shannon said...

I'm glad you are back!!