In every first week of term I am asked, innumerable times, “Did you have a nice break? What did you do? Did you go anywhere?” Just as I have been asked innumerable times prior to a term break, “Going anywhere?”
Why this obsession with going somewhere?
When you answer, “No,” it is as if you have to justify, rationalise yourself. “No, but I’m catching up with friends.” “No, but….”
“Oh, yes, you’ve done a staycation before.”
Even stranger when I say I am going to my mother’s. “Where does she live?”
“Oh, Queensland. That will be nice.”
Well, actually I am going to my mother’s to see my mother, not to Queensland. I won’t be sight-seeing, or going out.
You might think I have given this too much thought, but I have had over a hundred term breaks. That’s a lot of conversations about “What have you done? Did you go anywhere?”
So here’s what I have done for my emotional well-being this term break. And no, I didn’t “go” anywhere.
Had drinks to celebrate the end of term. A friend pulled this one out of her fridge.
I am sure the French don’t pronounce it as billy cart salmon. However you say it, it was divine.
Had a dinner for over 20 people with some long term friends and family to celebrate my sons’ birthdays. (What? No photos? Sadly, everyone was too busy enjoying themselves to whip out the phone or camera.)
Slothed, lazed about, day-dreamed, stared into the distance, snuggled under a blanket, sat in the sun, ruminated, fantasised, had slow breakfasts looking out at my camellias flowering.
And the plants and birds beyond my verandah.
Watched movies – both good and bad. (Sharknado, is so awful it’s funny, but if time is precious to you, give it a miss. Do see The Gand Budapest Hotel.)
Read blogs, magazines, books.
Had family over (14 including us) for a curry feast at
Feater, I mean Easter.
Hosted an Easter Sunday lunch with a neighbouring family for which I whipped up homemade hummus, tabbouleh and sweet chilli chicken.
Flew to Queensland and caught up with family. Had lunch out and afternoon tea with female family members. Vegetarians and those avoiding fat and salt, look away.
Actually, that wasn’t too bad. The meat, and it was mainly fish, bugs and prawns, were hidden by the hands, wine glass and chips. And the bug on my plate is upside down, so hard to make out. But this shot of the last plate has little lambies all cut up.
Watched the sun set from the top of a mountain in the state that is beautiful one day, perfect the next. The sky was so blue and so wide during the day. The sunset so glorious.
Walked every second day. Did some exercises and stretches.
Had a therapeutic massage.
Bought some clothes. Very different pieces, not chain store items. And the MOST BEAUTIFUL dress. See!
This dress has the most gorgeous detail on the neck line. It’s a gold chain wrapped in two ribbons. Beautiful!
Had an acupuncturist treatment.
Went to the dentist, had a chipped tooth repaired and a routine check and clean.
Had my dot painting stretched.
All the clothes were sourced in boutiques in Queensland. I know I won’t run into anyone with the same clothes. And Dar, that dress is actually made in Canada.
Ate heaps of hot-cross buns and Easter eggs. Bugger! The waist is expanding again!
Finally made the vegetarian lasagne I have been meaning to but put off because I find lasagnes too convoluted. And it was THE BEST.
Baked a cake.
Hung out with my kids and husband.
Had my car serviced and rego done so I don’t have to worry about it when it is due during the early part of term.
Yep, had a nice break, did lots of things, and didn’t “go” anywhere.