Weekend Plans: The Most Wonderful Place At The End Of The World


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  1. jason says:

    I like trips, but you’re right: they often require a recovery period. Our trip over Thanksgiving was good, but we were both ready to come back by the time it was over. We’ve been lucky that our in-laws live close by and enjoy watching our dog. Pets certainly complicate vacations.
    This has been a rough week, so sleeping in will be on my schedule, I think. Maybe designing a wordpress site for a conference project I’m going to do. Maybe I’ll actually work some on my web pages. I need to finish _Lovecraft Country_; I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit.Report

  2. Ha Nguyen says:

    Really? When I go on vacation, I pay someone to come over once a day to take care of my 3 cats. Why let someone stay over in your house, sleep in your bed, and eat your food? Do you pay them as well or is this housesitting in lieu of money?Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Ha Nguyen says:

      What if the house catches fire? What if there are burglars prowling the neighborhood?

      Yeah, we usually pay something too. (They’re kids that are known to us, you see. This is a way we can help them out.)Report

    • Fish in reply to Ha Nguyen says:

      For me, I’m paying for peace of mind. I know I enjoy vacations better if I know that someone is staying in my house, keeping my dogs company and feeding them and petting them and letting them in and out. And oh yeah, I guess the house needs watching, too!Report

  3. Marchmaine says:

    My Wife and I are sort of a hybrid of you two… we like to go *somewhere* and from there go no further than someplace we can walk to. One “activity” per day… max. And by activity, we mean, maybe a nice dinner… or a museum… but not both, that’s crazy talk.

    This weekend she’s on a retreat (from us, apparently) which is (supposedly) at one of Wallis Simpson’s former haunts… I say supposedly because cursory investigation turns up an abundance of Wallis Simpson slept here stories from the entire Central/Western Virginia Region… so I couldn’t quite pinpoint the when/where to my historical satisfaction. That she lodged there, however briefly, of that I have little doubt. Like Gen. Washington, it seems she was a promiscuous sleeper in these parts.Report

    • jason in reply to Marchmaine says:

      Good strategy–that’s similar to what we did: one big thing and then easy going the rest of the day.Report

    • Fish in reply to Marchmaine says:

      We had to come to a compromise between “schedule every minute” and “dude, we’re on vacation–I don’t want to have to be anywhere.” As a result our vacations are much more…er…vacationy.Report

      • Marchmaine in reply to Fish says:

        Good compromise… I definitely like to pre-schedule/reserve our Event-for-the-Day where appropriate*… but that’s so we don’t have to worry about anything while we’re vacationing… all the planning is in advance… once we get there we just hit our marks.

        I mean, if the event is wander about the city… then that’s what we do. But if it’s “see a show in Dublin” or try to go to this Michelin star restaurant, then sure as shit we’re picking a day and making reservations/getting tickets before we even get on the plane. Makes the unscheduled activities better too because we’re fully committed to doing the whole explore to find what we can find without worrying about trying to figure out how to do X or whether we have to squeeze Z into Y because they’re sold out on Weds. etc. etc.

        A studied indolence.Report

    • Maribou in reply to Marchmaine says:

      My going somewhere often doesn’t involve a whole lot of Doing Things.

      Like for every day that has a social whirl there is another day spent on someone’s couch watching TV and reading comics.

      Or in the case of Montreal, reading books and eating bagels. I can cheerfully commit a whole day to basically doing nothing but eating bagels.

      I just like to vary my environment more than Jaybird does.

      (I used to be busier on vacations. But then a few years ago I went to New Zealand for 3 weeks and realized 2 days in that I wasn’t actually having fun. After that I didn’t get out of bed before 11:30 for a week. Cheddar and crackers and kiwis and Coke and novels turned out to be necessary precursors to whatever else I wanted to do :D.)Report

      • Marchmaine in reply to Maribou says:

        More varied that the Basement? Well, aren’t we la de da high maintenance… 🙂

        Of course we all just assumed JB was exaggerating for dramatic effect.

        My daughter went to school in NH and it was all the rage to weekend in Montreal or Quebec… we have it on the list for a long weekend. Heard about the various fruits they will ferment into alcohol, but did not hear about the bagels. Will bump it up the list.

        NZ has always sounded great… but Lady Marchmaine’s maternal tether stretches to Hawaii and no further. For NZ to happen its accelerated continental drift or nothing.

        I was at a Michelin restaurant during the height of the Molecular Gastronomy craze, and I think they served us a cheddar cracker kiwi coke thing, but it was made with lichen, opakapaka, the fermented oil of green oak leaves, and a single pistachio… so hard to tell, really.Report

  4. Two words for you

    Hot PocketsReport

    • Jaybird in reply to Kristin Devine says:

      The kid don’t get back to me, that’s totes gonna happen.Report

      • George Turner in reply to Jaybird says:

        I should mention that supermarket caviar is surprisingly cheap and goes quite a long way. For me, a year’s supply is about $7.00. I’d also suggest some parsnips and one or two small cans of pate. At most, he’s probably going to eat about two crackers worth of the stuff and won’t touch the turnips, so it will cost you less than a single bag of Lays potato chips. But then word will go out that you stock caviar, pate, and parsnips for your house sitters, so on your next vacation teens will be lined up around the block to fill out applications, not knowing that they don’t actually like any of those foods.Report

    • Marchmaine in reply to Kristin Devine says:

      A giant pot of lentils… but thoughtfully divvied up into individual serving mason jars.

      On the one hand, a good batch of lentils is delicious.
      On the other hand… lentils for a week solid?
      On the gripping hand… no instructions, and.. Lent.

      Fortify him for life to come.Report

    • [Extreme Jim Gaffigan voice]Report

  5. Fish says:

    Last year around this time K got sent to London for a week-long conference and I tagged along because London is my favorite city In The Whole World. It was a combination separate/together vacation because while she was tethered to her conference, I was on my own, free to check out old haunts while finding new things and scoping out places to catch meals with her in the evening.

    Sadly, her company hates fun and wouldn’t let her attend that conference this year. 🙁Report

    • Marchmaine in reply to Fish says:

      Those are great fun… Lady Marchmaine likes to explore on her own too, and we’ve had oppty to take advantage of select business trips to New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and NYC over the years… not as many as we might have, but then half-a-dozen kids does impose some restrictions based on ages and timing.

      My company just cancelled a major conference in NYC… so not only do they hate fun, but business as well.Report

  6. fillyjonk says:

    I’m gonna be….you guessed it….WORKING. Prepping advanced biostats for the next two weeks and writing an exam for next week.

    We have job candidate interviews (by Skype, thank goodness) next week and I will be putting in at least one 14 hour day.

    I cancelled my spring break trip out of an excess of caution – the train I was to be on originates in LA, Amtrak is not good about cleaning trains, I have asthma and my mom (whom I was going to see) is 83.

    Also, I’m gonna be a crispy critter by the end of next week so maybe just staying home (in my home) to recover is good. I have no shortage of projects and might also take the rare weekday to go shopping when few people are out in the stores.

    I will say – week after next is spring break here, next week is spring break in Texas. Expect to see more reports of either actual COVID-19 cases or suspected ones on college campuses when the students and faculty return from their breaks. I have heard at least one campus is turning an unused couple of floors of a dorm into “quarantine areas,” just in case.Report

  7. LeeEsq says:

    An amusement park might make a great setting for a modern day take of Masque of the Red Death.Report

  8. George Turner says:

    My weekend plans were to hole up and avoid the virus, but that’s changed because we were just put under a state of emergency. So now I’ll have to replenish supplies like bread just as everyone else is, and that may involve gladiatorial combat at the supermarket.

    The only information the governor and mayor have released about the patient is that they’re not associated with the University of Kentucky, which isn’t a particularly useful piece of information, other than perhaps reassuring the public that March Madness is so far unaffected. We’d probably field infected players anyway, as long as they’re not suffering fever and chills. The real worry coming out of China is that those who recover might have permanent lung damage. That could profoundly hurt many teams but probably wouldn’t affect us too badly because our team has so many one-and-dones that we’d just recruit new freshman who hadn’t caught it.Report

  9. PD Shaw says:

    We were in WDW a few weeks ago, and it at least took one day of doing nothing to recover for each day in the parks. I suppose if you want to earn “doing nothing” there are worse ways to go about it.

    Also of note, they were boarding up large parts of EPCOT near the entrance, and even though some of the related attractions didn’t interest us, I always like the aesthetic of fake futurism from the eightees.Report

  10. Jaybird says:

    Update: The kid got back to me. The list was *NOT* composed of stuff like “Hot Pockets” but, instead, asked for fresh ingredients. Apparently, the plan is to make spaghetti sauce. Like, they didn’t ask for “Ragu”, they asked for *INGREDIENTS*.

    I admit to being vaguely impressed because I didn’t know that there were 18 year olds out there that could make spaghetti sauce.Report

    • George Turner in reply to Jaybird says:

      Get him a bag of semolina flour and a pasta maker. ^_^

      Or you could leave him a couple dozen eggs and a Youtube feed on “How to Poach an Egg.” That should keep him occupied for a couple of days.

      Gordon Ramsey has a master class video on making a poached egg and mushroom on brioche, and another one called “red wine poached egg, sauteed asparagus and puree, with king trumpet mushrooms.” If he can pull those off, have him house sit when you’re still home!Report