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January 9, 2012

Dan and I flew the coup this week.  A special thanks to Grandma and Grandpa who kept four sick children for four long nights.

This trip has been long in evolving.  It all started when friends of ours invited us to the Virgin Islands.  They have a relative who has a house, and we could all stay for free!  They didn’t have to ask us twice.  We started planning.  But, we soon decided that airfare to the Virgin Islands is cost prohibitive.  And, thankfully, that wasn’t our only vacation option.  Believe it or not, these same friends also have friends with a condo in Florida.  Plan B was in motion.  Grandparents were contacted.  Then, weather.com was consulted, and  Florida was ruled out.  January in northern Florida just didn’t promise to be warm enough  to warrant plane tickets.  Not wanting to give up on the idea of an adults-only vacation, we executed plan C: four nights at the lovely home of these friends, located conveniently in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

We fully enjoyed our stay-cation.  We certainly did not have to battle any crowds.  Believe it or not, vacationers are not flocking to Chanhassen, Minnesota in January. A stay-cation is not without challenges however.  I would say the single hardest part of a stay-cation is explaining yourself.  Our friend is a lawyer.  At the last minute a case he was working on went to trial.

“Can’t you just explain to the judge,” we implored, “That you are going on a stay-cation?”  For some reason, he did not think the other lawyers would be impressed. “Then perhaps,” we suggested, “You could just tell everyone you are vacationing in the west.”  Technically true.  This was not necessary, for much to our relief, the case settled.  He changed his calendar to read “Out of Office” instead of “Stay-cation”, and was on his way.

I highly recommend a stay-cation.  I slept all night.  And read, and knit, and went consignment shopping.  And slept all night.  And went out to eat, and played games.  And slept all night.

We may make the western suburbs an annual January destination. In case you haven’t heard: Chanhassen, Minnesota is just beautiful this time of year.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Grammie B permalink
    January 9, 2012 12:13 pm

    I’m SO glad you got this little respite, Lucy, before the next bundle of joy comes to the Olson house. I’m especially impressed with Grandma and Grandpa. That shows real love. I’m so happy they are nearby when you need them and can take on the responsibility for you.

  2. January 9, 2012 2:48 pm

    We didn’t make it that far west, only to Eden Prairie, but yes it is beautiful this time of year.

  3. Polly permalink
    January 11, 2012 4:18 pm

    oh yes, all that snow!

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