Friday, August 10, 2007

The Vacation

Our week off is going very well. If I get any more relaxed, check me please, because it might be a coma. We really wanted to take each day and just see what we felt like doing. We were thinking we may go to the city or head out east. Well, so far we have mostly felt like doing Nothing. This shows me how stressed I was feeling. Each day "nothing" sounds like the best plan. It is impossible for my husband to do "nothing". So when he says he hasn't done much all week, don't believe him. His idea of doing nothing is carting eight 50 lb. bags of pebbles into the back yard and spreading them in all the new beds he dug out. Carrying heavy stepping stones back there too and making a beautiful path. I start out on a lounge chair with a book and many hours later, I am on the lounge chair with a book. He starts out on a lounge chair and maybe 7 minutes later, he says something like... I'll be back.. I'm just going to clean out that basement. OR I'm just going to start slowly bringing the rocks back here. Before you know it, he is covered in sweat and dirt and his lounger is occupied by Molly and Cosmo.


We have been eating dinner out a lot. Something I love to do- EAT. Even in my semi-comatose state, I can't help noticing what I brought up in my last post. Our society has lost common courtesy. While sitting waiting for my delicious filet of sole arreganata at Emilios, I couldn't help noticing the people around me. One guy follows the waitress to his seat while YAWNing an exaggerated loud yawn. His molars weren't too appetizing. Another guy, being brought to his seat was talking SO loudly on his cell phone. One woman sat her 4 yr. old on the table in front of her so they could play! I observed that most people order without saying Please and thank-you. Some don't even look up at the poor waitresses face. I say Poor because she looked like she was sick of these people too. I felt sorry for her. I know I could never serve food for a living. I would be having many ooops moments, deliberately dropping drinks in their manner-less laps.
Speaking of drinks, I thought I would do my share of drinking this week( for relaxation purposes of course!), but After one VERY strong frozen margarita at Besito I decided to stick to iced tea. I don't know how much alcohol they put in this drink but I felt drunk from just one! Even though this is a Mexican restaurant and it is a Mexican drink, I felt the desire to shout BOnSAi half way through drinking it! An hour or so after we dropped our friends home, I felt hung over and had the worst headache. Whatever had me yelling also had me wasted. The next day I needed double time on the lounger to fight the effects of one drink. ( I'm such an amateur)
Our vacation was also suppose to be a great time to enjoy our new hot tub. We received this tub about 3-4 weeks ago. We had to wait one ( understandable) week for our electrician. He hooked it up and put on the jets and guess what? It started pouring water from underneath! He thought maybe it was a cracked or loose fitting. Terrific! So began our phone stress with the company. After much arguing and aggravation... We still had to wait TWO weeks for them to send a repairman. We tried to keep it in perspective. Remember I've said How I hate when people complain because they are having their houses renovated, or they're getting ready for a vacation.. I don't want to sound like that. After all we've been through in life, I KNOW that this is NOT a problem. So.... We have gone in this week just to cool off from the sun. Without jets, I am thinking of it as a nice warm very small pool! The repairman is due to come today, but with the pouring rain we're having I will not be holding my breath.


I love that this week has given me a lot of time to read. Have you read "The Prince of Tides"? If not I deeply recommend it.
The film is one of my favorites. When I was talking about it with a friend she asked if I had read the book. She said it was one of her top 10 favorite books. I am so happy she mentioned it. The book is beautifully written (by Pat Conroy). Like all books adapted to film, the book is full of wonderful details and gives insight into the characters that I was so happy to discover. I am falling in love with the main character Tom Wingo. ( I keep telling my husband- I have to leave you 'cause Tom Wingo is giving me goosebumps!) Unlike most books I've read though, I think they did a fabulous job transposing this book into a movie. I only have a few pages left and I plan on spending one night of vacation re-watching this poignant, must see flick. If you have seen it or read the story, I would love to hear what your thoughts are. If you haven't, Please consider putting it on your netflix list or reserve list at the library.
Well, It's nearly 4pm. We've stayed home all day waiting for the hot tub man, who was due at 2. I think it's time to get ready to go experience another local restaurant and seek out good manners.

12 comments:

Tammy said...

LOL Your husband relaxes like mine does. I had to learn to lounge. ;) Try "Lovely Bones" for a good read.

Enjoy your down time!

Rob Kistner said...

Never read the book, but really liked the film. Nick, Barbara, Blythe... they entire cast was excellent!

gautami tripathy said...

I think I will look it up.

Fledgling Poet said...

Does your husband have a long lost twin? Because I think I'm married to him! Lovely post...your vacation sounds wonderful and relaxing. And I did love The Prince of Tides...

spider said...

Hi Lucy,
Say, remember when I got drunk on a Margarita this past year and posted about it? You'd think we went to the same restaurant or something! What a coupla lushes we are...NOT!

Awareness said...

I loved the book...read it years ago and I agree they did a great job turning it into a movie. The only other book/movie version I felt hit the nail on the head was Cider House Rules.

Goosebumps from a character in a book? Mr. Darcy does it for me every time. :)

raymond pert said...

Hello Lucy,

I am sorry to say I haven't read The Prince of Tides. I must. But that feeling of goosebumps while reading a book or poem is enchanting. And it can't be sought. You know, you can't sit down and say,"Well, I'm gonna get goosebumps today from this book". It's such an unexpected and out of the blue experience.

By the way, I'm the polar opposite of your husband. I love to lounge, read, write, take in a baseball game, whatever I can not to get a project done, especially when I'm not working.

I enjoyed this post a lot.

Patois said...

I enjoyed reading your post. I've not ever read the book, but I think I'll have to now.

Lucy said...

thanks so much for all your nice comments. After reading everyones posts, I wish I would have taken more time to write about goosebumps. You've all reminded me of the MANY things that bring them on. I enjoyed reading all of your posts. thanks! :)

Gill said...

Oh Lucy your story of the margarita had me laughing out loud! I really enjoyed your post and have put the book on my "to read list"

Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

I *love* the way you vacation ... just my speed!! Peace & love, JP

giggles said...

My kind of drink and I love tequila! Pepper found the people so rude in Victoria,,,what’s up with that I wonder? Tonight we had fish and chips on the beach some lady was having her child throw chips to the seagulls, which were flying overhead as we ate. Finally I said “hey we’re trying to eat over here, I don’t want seagull poop in my food thanks” She stopped her child, thankfully! My goodness isn’t that just common sense? I don’t get it, manners are so important. Some people have lost the art of courtesy! Glad you had a relaxing holiday!

Hugs Sherrie