12.09.2013

Eighty-Three to Sixty-Three

When we stepped off that tiny commuter plane at 8 something in the morning it was so cold outside I could see my breath.  I slept for most of the plane ride but sitting up sleep is almost as good as no sleep at all.  I was so exhausted I was starting to feel sick. When we got home the thermostat in our house said 53.  Everything I touched was cold.  Even the carpets were cold and I could feel the chill of it right through my socks.  I always unpack the minute I get home no matter how tired I am.  I pulled stuff out of my suitcases fighting the urge to crumple into a heap on the floor.   I was too tired to eat, so after a long hot shower I went straight to bed.  I woke up three hours later feeling like a semi functional human being.  I've eaten, but I can already feel myself crashing again.  My husband is some kind of machine.  He's STILL up with no sleep, no food and just got back from the grocery store.  I don't know how he does it.

For eight magnificent days I spent more time in a bikini then not and our only agenda was fun in the sun.  We went from 83 degrees to 63 degrees and just like that your vacation is over.  Let the post vacation blues begin.  The good news is that Christmas Break is right around the corner and we are already planning our next vacation.  And it could be worse.  I could be coming home to arctic Alaska or the icy Midwest.  We had a bet going to see who could go the longest without turning on the heat.  My toes were going numb and my fingers were ice cold.   I was extremely close to breaking but he beat me to it on our first day back.  Now he owes me lunch.

It's so weird how real life marches on even when you step out of it for a while.  Work was a distant memory but I knew my co workers were still plugging away.  People were getting iced in and San Diego was hit by a cold front but all I felt was warm sand between my toes and the balmy ocean breeze.  Christmas trees went up while we were swimming in waterfalls. Bloggers churned out posts day after day.  So many posts!  I hit mark all as read while my blog sat silent.  I'm sure page views dropped but I was too busy with not being busy to care.  Social media never stops and Twitter is just too overwhelming.  I couldn't bring myself to look at that one unless I happened to see a notification.  I browsed Instagram, Facebook, posted some pics/tweets and read a few blogs here and there but felt really detached from it all in a really good way.  It felt selfish not replying to comments and not commenting on other blogs especially around Thanksgiving but making my flight and being on vacation was my priority.  Living life not attending to it is what I wanted and needed.


Our vacation was perfect.  We had our own little tropical island bubble of bliss.  I was there and we were in it together.  I have the tan lines, mosquito bites and about 500 pictures to prove it.  As I sit here bundled up in my flannel jammies and granny robe it almost seams surreal.   Our house is here just as we left it and back to work starts tomorrow.  I'm not ready! While we were away vacation eating and relaxing with our upturned faces smiling into the sun real life was waiting to snatch us back.

Time to hang up the bikini.  I hope my real life clothes still fit.


16 comments :

Karla said...

Oh how I love this!!! So glad you had an awesome time. And YAY for xmas break coming!!! =D

Law_Fal said...

Love it! Cant wait to see more pics! Glad you enjoyed paradise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Faith said...

Welcome back! I think the worst thing about vacations is coming back to reality. Reality sucks sometimes :)

Can't wait to see your pictures!

tomesedition.blogspot.com said...

I live in the tropics and hardly go to the beach. Looking forward to you pictures.

fancythatfancythis.com said...

The only way to recover from vacation is to begin planning your next one ---->wise words from my mother.

It's snowing here today. 63 sounds like summer!

Feel better my friend.

Whitney @ EHFAR said...

Can't wait to see more! Glad you enjoyed your vacation :-)

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

Welcome back! We went to Hawaii in March so I know the pain of returning home. So depressing. Glad you had an awesome trip!

Lauren W said...

So glad you had such a nice vacation!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with not responding to comments or checking social media. In fact, I think it's good not to - especially if you are on vacation!

And if I had come back to a house that was 53 degrees, the heat would have gone on right away. I can't believe you guys betted on who could keep it off the longest. No way would I win that!

Pegster said...

Welcome back, it's always so hard to come back to reality after a great vacation. At least you have the next vacation to look forward to :).

I am so looking forward to your vacation recap, I want to live vicariously through your vacation :).

Jacqueline Hough said...

Glad y'all had a great time! Can't wait to hear more about it!

cashanamusings said...

Gorgeous pictures and I am glad you enjoyed your vacation. Don't worry it is cold here in the South...

Amy said...

Those two pictures are perfection. It's so cold here in North Carolina, but I can just feel the warm tropical breeze from looking at your gorgeous photos!

Lovelyladyjb said...

Ahhh try -4 degrees here in Minnesota! So glad you had a great trip, can't wait to see photos if you share :)

Vett Vandiver said...

OMG what an amazing trip, it's freezing in ATL - saddd!

TOI said...

It's so cold in Saskatchewan and my back pain is epic so I wish I was there, even just in your pictures would make me happy!

Whitney Cypert said...

This post is so well written that I had to make sure this wasn't the snippet from your book you said you might share! Lol. I loved it!

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