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Clare and Chrissy Ask - Are We There Yet?

Chrissy: Greetings all! Welcome to this month’s slightly sticky edition of The Clare & Chrissy Show. Despite what the excess heat and humidity may lead us to believe, it's only the second day of Summer. Plenty of time for us to back away from our confetti-strewn Solstice Celebrations and poke at something other than our ongoing themes of renewal and recharging for 2011.

Clare: Chrissy?

Chrissy: Yes, dear?

Clare: We have themes?

Chrissy: *sigh* Too much vacation brain, hmmmm? You and those margaritas – can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. Remember your trip last year when you woke up in your living room, wearing a bikini and dancing the samba?

Clare: Oh Gawd, you’re right. I only hope the boys aren’t home this time.

Chrissy: How much money did they make selling ringside seats to their friends?

Clare: Little heathens. But I shouldn’t complain. After they’d bought 6 months subscription to their Xbox, there was enough left over for me to buy more margaritas on my trip *this* year..

Chrissy: As our audience may have noticed, in our opinion, margaritas are …

Clare: … more entertaining than me in that bikini, I can tell you.

Chrissy: For those in our audience who read Clare’s recent Blog post at Not Your Usual Suspects on Writer's Block, we should mention that before her arrival today we sent Clare through the full-body scanners, and removed any and all sharp objects from her person.

Clare: Took all the fun out of my day, although that one screener was rather charming. Even if he did make off with my axe.

Chrissy: Yes, well. We’ll arrange for a return visit if you’d like. Until then, we’re taking a break from our plans and contemplating that time honored summer tradition: The Vacation.

Clare: But I’ve not even unpacked yet.

Chrissy: Buck up, old girl. I have faith. Like a lot of things in life, vacations become an either/or scenario.

Clare: *brushes off her inbox with glee* Either you take them…

Chrissy: …or you don’t. *frowns at her wip folders and sighs*. And we’re not done once we manage to decide which side of that fence we fall on. Then we face the whole “what kind of vacation question”. Shall we make it a family event, or a solo endeavor? Driving or flying? Camping or room service?

Clare: Room service!! I don't *do* canvas, you know. And don't get me started on the latest round of airline fees.

Chrissy: How about a cruise or a planned stay at a resort? Do we want to mix it up with family obligations - jamming five to a bed at Grandma's house, or would we prefer a deserted island far from anyone we may have met in a past life?

Clare: Don’t forget to toss sightseeing into that mix. Group tours or individual? Tourist traps or no?

Chrissy: OOOOOHHH!! I love tourist traps! I’ve never met a “Mystery Spot” I didn’t like. Those, and historical markers stuck in the middle of absolute nowhere.

Clare: I just *knew* you’d be one of them. With my hubby in charge of the itinerary I’ve done every ancient ruin in Luxor (many), every monastery in Skopelos (one), every mill in Yorkshire, every country churchyard in Devon, and always – always! – the local steam train exhibition.

Chrissy: Of course, all of this rampant festivity is dependent on the EDJ, or as it’s more commonly known, the Evil Day Job.

Clare: Don’t remind me. It’s the drudge we have to suffer between holidays.

Chrissy: The punishment for a few weeks of blissful carelessness.

Clare: And who set the work/life balance at working five/six days a week, one/two days off? Surely something got reversed on the original memo?

Chrissy: Hell, yes. It sometimes feels like we have to promise our first born to get any time off work at all. And even when we’re entitled, it can seem like a Herculean task to get out of the darn building.

Clare: Just finish this before you go … just one more meeting/call … oh wait a minute, where did you say you put that file …?

Chrissy: What's worse is even if we manage to lose our cell phone, and forget our office logins while away, The Dreaded Return hangs over our vacation like a raincloud over the desert island sky.

Clare: *blinks* How poetic. Yes, it’ll all be waiting for us when we get back, they snicker. While you fill in when someone else is out, does reciprocation take a holiday when *you* do? Does your work pile up on your desk in stacks so high you regret ever thinking about leaving in the first place …?

Chrissy: Stop right there! Step away from The Horror.

Clare: But, Chrissy, you know I don't have my axe with me. *waves at the nice TSA agent*

Chrissy: I said –

Clare: Stepping away, stepping away. Killjoy.

Chrissy: We’re here to suggest we all take a virtual break – right now! - and Think Vacation.

Clare: Or Holiday, in the vocabulary of the old country … *smirk*.

Chrissy: You know you deserve it. Drift off into Lottery-winning land and tell us where or what YOUR favourite vacation would be.

Clare: Or, in fact, already is. What’s the best place you’ve ever found? (and send me a map …) Do you go back to same much-loved place every year?

Chrissy: Or seek a new adventure every time you re-pack?

Clare: Have you got anything planned this year ...

Chrissy: ... and like us, do you struggle with finding the time / money / key to the shackles to be able to get away at all?

Clare and Chrissy: Share your thoughts with us! If we can't travel the world right now, at least we can dream!

Chrissy: Uhm, Clare?

Clare: Yes, dear?

Chrissy: Any particular reason you didn't use the photo of me on the plane *after* my facial wax?

Clare: *evil grin*


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( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 22nd, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
mmm... hollingdaze (as they're known in our house) :-)

I rather like the long-weekend length of holiday - enough time to see a bit of a place, but not so long that you end up having to take all your clothes with you and end up putting a wash on immediately you get home! Mind you, we don't stay too close to home - we've done both St Ives and Poolewe (near Ullapool, NW of Inverness) on long-weekends from Oxfordshire... we're eyeing up the Scottish Isles for our next 'proper' holiday :-)

Thankfully, I think we've been on most of the preserved / steam railways my husband wants to now - although we may be starting on garden visiting next, he's been muttering about Bodnant recently!
Jun. 23rd, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
True Holiday professionals. I like the differentiating between long-weekends and "proper" holidays. :)

And oooh, I'd love to see Bodnant. Any room in the suitcases?
Jun. 23rd, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Bodnant would be a day trip for us (just up over the hills and down toward the coast - maybe 2 hours at most?) so there's plenty of room :-D
Jun. 23rd, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm a huge fan of long weekends myself. So long as I don't spend too much time driving there, it seems to get the best value out of the time away without the angst of packing - and of course its counterpart, UNpacking afterwards :).

Scotland is a long trip for us, but it's one of the few places I've been where I'm genuinely awed by the scenery. We visited the Mull of Kintyre last year and we're hoping to go back again soon.

I'm afraid we *never* seem to exhaust the steam train options, even if he has seen them all before. It's a standing joke in any set of family holiday photos :).
Jun. 23rd, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Scotland was a long trip when we last went - one of the things we said about moving from Oxfordshire to Mid Wales was that it'll cut the time to Scotland by about 3 hours :-D

I haven't visited Northern Ireland, but I think the Scottish Highlands are the only part of the UK that I can feel at all awed by these days, given we live next door to Snowdonia :-)
Jun. 22nd, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
You seriously expect me to pick ONE place should my old Nigerian Uncle truly have left me a fortune? Can't be done. My list is far far too long. Bali maybe, or Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Brazil, St. Lucia, Morocco, Italy, India, the Seychelles, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Diego, Mexico, Texas, ... Should I stop now? Am I out of money yet? Maybe I could just have a private jet and a pilot and go where I wish. :-)

I spent the day struggling with three different travel miles companies to try and get the kid and I a triangle trip vacation this summer. Not enough points in any one system to do the whole trip in one go, so it's some miles for this leg, and some for that, and maybe pay full price for one ticket for one traveler on another. Arrgghhh. Trying to find the best combination for the best price. I kind of enjoy it, but would be nice just to plunk down the cash for what I want with no fuss, no muss. Next dilemma is do we rent an apartment for our week in Chicago for $200/night (can save money by eating at home rather than 2+ meals a day out, or wait and get a last min. hotel room probably for around $150. Sigh. Okay, truth be told I love doing this. :-)

So that's our summer vacation, a week home with my family, a week in Chicago. Then October is a long weekend in New York City and of course the long weekend in New Orleans. :-) I REALLY need my rich uncle to leave me that money ... soon.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
Truthfully, my mind is a whirl just *reading* about what went into your trip logistics here. I know for some of my friends, this kind of planning is part of the enjoyment.

It really is hard to try and pick out just one favored spot over others (case in point - I'm now all a drool over the Bodnant Gardens).

Enjoy yourself.

Edited at 2011-06-23 10:52 am (UTC)
Jun. 23rd, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
You're like hubby, he loves pulling the whole itinerary together and browsing the guides and planning the best transport routes. Funny how I get the less glamorous bits of booking the flights and trying to remember to pack the insurance documents :).

But there are so many places to be visited in the world, it gets very frustrating that we're restricted by both time and money. They open up the travel opportunities for us, then slam the door when we want to leave work and spend millions ^_~.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 07:34 am (UTC)
I'm another one that likes long weekends. Right now I'm in a historic buildings and classic cars phase, so I fancy a trip up to Doune near Stirling in Scotland for the castle, the motor museum and the speed hillclimb.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 10:51 am (UTC)
Just think, you could alternate weekends away with weekends home for roughly 25 trips in a year. Fun! And you still wouldn't run out of historical buildings. :)

Have a great time this summer.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
Another vote for Scotland! And yes, I think it adds an extra dimension to travel if there's a theme or purpose.

Dammit, I'm back to Hubby's steam trains again... :).
Jun. 23rd, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
Gawd, that last picture does look a bit HUGE doesn't it? LOL.
Mea culpa!

This is where I say, any resemblance to anyone living or dead is entirely coincidental ....
Jun. 25th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
I think a vacation needs to be at least two weeks long to make sure all thoughts of work are flushed away. :) This year I'm heading to New Orleans in the fall. Next year maybe I'll drive back to Toronto and visit friends along the way.
Jun. 27th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
This year I'm heading to New Orleans in the fall.

And I'm going to meet you there, I think?! *hurrah*

That's a really good point about the length of holiday though. A long weekend is good for a quick booster, but I need at least a week (nearby) or 10 days (long distance) to feel the benefit. Otherwise I've just wound down and relaxed, then it's time to go home again :(.
Jun. 27th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
I guess I'll just wave to both of you in NO - from a long distance.

I understand the concept behind taking enough time that you actually relax and leave the rest of life behind you - I'm just afraid if I ever did it I'd never want to come back!
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