In a first for us – I am taking a week off from work, and we’re not going anywhere. Call it a staycation of sorts – but largely we’re not home. For the staycation to work we’ll be adjusting along the way right until school starts a week from Tuesday.
Part of the issue is school starting a week before Labor Day – so the summer that was already feeling very short just got even shorter.
This staycation starts each day at Camp Good Grief where 15.0 is a counselor for the 11-year-old group and 12.5 is in her final (OK extra) year as a camper. Normally when we do this, I work the week from a Starbucks near where the camp is being held. But this year I decided to take the week off – because after camp ends at three in the afternoon – more running around ensues.
15.0 has soccer practice each evening from five to seven-30 and 12.5 has softball practice three times this week from five-30 to seven-30. In between we’ll try to eat something, get hydrated and I may even get to the gym a few times this week.
In year’s past I was able to work out my schedule to be able to do calls and meetings while the girls were at camp, and then catch up after camp. It won’t work this year. And because there is not another week off before school starts, we’ll still have to fit in some last-minute back to school stuff.
A trip to the mall or at least a store to get sneakers will be an evening jaunt this year. The hour or so to set up the locker and walk the schedule looks like it will be done in stealth mode on the day before school – when the teachers are there but there aren’t supposed to be students around.
With all of that going on – and a lot of vacation time available, I figured take one thing out of the picture – so here I am on “vacation” trying to cram more into a day than normal. For the staycation, adjusting along the way will be the key to success.