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The "Do Nothing" vacation

This past weekend John and I enjoyed a “Do Nothing” vacation. It has been a very long time since we’ve had the opportunity to do nothing. Usually our days are filled with work, children, plays, school work, lessons to teach, seminary, house and yard work, school board stuff, church, animals, technology, friends, home teaching and visit teaching, and on and on and on…

Back in December, I arranged for the two of us to ditch the kids and to spend a couple days on the coast at a friends coast house. I arranged for Lillian to spend time with her friend Leah (who lives in Waldport). I arranged for Chad to hang out with Jon Jessop and Kimber and Ray. I arranged for Hannah to have a movie party with friends and then to hang out with McKay. I arranged for John to hang out with ME!

We stayed in Waldport at my friend Amanda’s house. It was a cute little place. We made food at “home” and only ate out 2 times. We sat around and watched movies and TV. We went for a small drive and watched the stormy waves crash on the rocks at Yachats. I crocheted. John read. It was nice.

We did nothing.

Through the experience I learned a couple of great tips for your own “Do Nothing” vacation:

Tip 1: Choose your destination wisely

Pick a destination that’s lovely and special… and mostly leave the kids at home.  :) It also helps to choose a place that doesn’t have too many attractions… such as the coast in the winter and it’s really too stormy to be out and about.

Tip 2: No technology allowed

Leave all tech that allows access to work at home. Laptops are indisputably wonderful little entertainment boxes, but most of us also have work-related or work-accessible content on our laptops and that is do-nothing vacation sacrilege. We did bring our phones, but we only answered for the kids. We didn’t do Facebook. We didn’t blog. We didn’t work.

Tip 3: Dress for a do-nothing outing

Don’t bring fancy clothes. If you bring fancy clothes, you’ll want to wear the fancy clothes, which means you’ll want to go somewhere fancy, which means a lot of fancy prep time and fancy behavior and fancy etiquette and this is already sounding like far too much effort. I took pj’s, sweats, and comfy clothes. In fact, we didn’t get dressed most of the day. Come to think of it, I didn’t even put on a bra. LOL.

Tip 4: Words to watch out for

Whenever anyone utters the following words/phrases, they need to put a dollar into their companion’s next “Do Nothing” fund:

• ‘What time is it?’

• ‘Overslept’

• ‘Pants’

• ‘Should’

• ‘‘Work’

• ‘Work out’ (there are a surprisingly large amount of infomercials for exercise programs on tv).

• ‘Too much’

• ‘Too late’

• ‘‘Too fattening’

So that is it. We are now back to life. There is not the option to “Do Nothing”.

It was good to ignore dishes, and laundry, and kids fighting and dogs barking. We will have to do it all again… and maybe sooner than later.

And if you plan it right... the kids will have fun too.


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