Everyone needs to take time off from work. It’s important to take a break from work and re-charge your battery. Many people choose to get away to some sort of vacation destination. That’s always fun, but sometimes it seems that you need a vacation after you vacation. Another great way to relax is to take a ‘staycation’. Webster defines a ‘staycation’ as “a vacation spent at home or nearby”.

(Brent taking a nap)

Last week I had an enjoyable ‘staycation’. I managed to get a few projects done around the house, do some fun activities in the area and even find time to read a book and take a nap or two.

My ‘staycation’ actually began by heading up to the Twin Cities for my cousin’s wedding. After sleeping in the next morning, my wife and I painted and redecorated one of our bathrooms (not exciting but it needed to be done).

Later we decided to get rid of the gigantic hornet nest along the front of our house. I don’t know if Guinness keeps track of hornet nest sizes, but ours had to be close to a world record. Thankfully no one was stung.

Throughout the week, I managed to get in a few rounds of golf, take my youngest boy on a boat ride on Silver Lake and head to a Twins game at Target Field with both of my sons on a sunny Thursday afternoon.

But maybe the best part of my ‘staycation’ was not really having a set schedule or agenda, outside of the wedding and Twins game. I had time to relax, read a book and even take a couple of relaxing naps. When I was a kid, I hated to be forced to take naps…but now as a grown man, I consider them a desirable luxury.

I’m sure the next time I take a week off, we’ll probably go somewhere fun, have a great time and make wonderful memories. But I might have to convince my family to come back a few days early so I can recover from my vacation with a few days of a ‘staycation’.

(Big hornet nest)
(Boat ride on Silver Lake)
(My boys at Twins game)