As I was
sitting on the toilet reading a magazine called “Long Weekends” that I received as part of my swag from Gleek Retreat, I got excited. I started getting travel thirsty, my inner explorer was pounding its way to the surface.
I don’t know if I mentioned that all my kids are going to be home for most of the summer. All five kids. Home. Doing nothing. Except telling me that they are bored. And throw in a long term mess for good measure. Which means, Hi, I’m Melissa. I’ll be your entertainment committee. Welcome aboard. *Fake cracking smile*
Anywhoo. I was reading this magazine. The title is “44 new things to see and explore”. It covers Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennslyvania and West Virginia. So, pretty close to my own backyard. Give or take a day in the car.
There are some really great places to go. Caving, white water rafting, visiting wine country in Indiana…I mean, who knew that Indiana had a wine country!? So does Michigan. And I lovvvveeee wine. Even more so when they are all home. Self medication…duh! 😉
For the first time in ages, I feel like summer won’t be a complete stressful nightmare, except for the fact that…did I mention all the kids will be home? Most of the stuff around MIchigan can be done as a day trip and who cares how late we get home? The other things will definitely have to be done over a long weekend. I haven’t done any research so I don’t know the expense of anything. But, with a family the size of mine, going somewhere every weekend is an impossibility. Big family, little budget. Tiny budget, ginormous family. Anyways…you get the picture.
To think I considered this magazine to only be worthy of bathroom reading. I may have an entire summer worth of blog-worthy travel posts…or not. And even better, I may have a summer FULL of different things to do besides fight with my husband over him playing volleyball every stinking weekend.
Even if we don’t go anywhere that this magazine recommends, I know that there is no way…in hell…I’m sitting around doing nothing and getting PMS’y about it. We are going to have to find cheap, fun things to do. Or I’m running away from home.
So tell me, what are your plans for this summer? Do share!