A Good Vacation


Recently, I took a couple days off from work and just stayed at home. Unlike countries like Japan or the UK and Ireland, there aren’t many public holidays in the US and no bank-holidays. Instead, people usually get a lot of vacation “days” they can use whenever. This is good and bad in some ways, I think.

Anyhow, I decided to use a couple vacation days just to relax at home. Since Little Guy was born six months ago, I hadn’t taken any time off to relax. We did go to Disneyland in March to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, and that was a lot of fun, but we were tired by the end, and we had spent a lot of money.

This time, I just wanted to sit at home. I spent some time working on the blog, I played some computer games, studied kanji with Heisig Method, and caught up on things in general. But the most important thing I did was spend time with my family.

The second day was great. The weather was about 20°C (70°F), sunny and pleasant. I took Little Guy on a short walk in his stroller around the neighborhood. We stopped at the grocery store, bought some bread, and took a nice scenic walk back home. He was very happy after got back. Since he’s 6 months old, he can’t say anything, but he was smiling a lot when he saw me and slept better that night.

Also, in the afternoon, I picked up my daughter from school and we all went to buy shoes for summer. Afterwards, we had ice cream, and went home. Then, I started our barbecue grill (mentioned here), and made dinner for the family. It was a great afternoon, and a good dinner. We all had a good evening.

Unfortunately, I let the grill (a Big Green Egg) get too hot and the lid melted shut! I read online that this is because the glue for the felt-lining melts if the temperature is too high. Using a putty-knife, I was able to gently separate the lid and this is what I saw:

Big Green Egg, melted gasket

The gasket inside had totally melted! 😮

The grill still works fine, but I will need to replace the gasket sometime, and that seems like a difficult task.

Still, overall it was a great day. I had a lot of fun with the family, and I got to catch up on nerd hobbies. It was a nice, relaxing vacation. The lesson, I think, is that a good vacation doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or require travel if you spend time with friends and family. 🙂


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

One thought on “A Good Vacation”

  1. Thanks for sharing about your home vacation – your “staycation”.

    Enjoying time has become part of my own practice, and having young kids helped a lot to cultivate that. After all, try walking a short distance with a young toddler and you’ll quickly see that they are intensely noticing so much. That’s a real walking meditation!

    If you’re curious, here are some of my experiences with time:



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