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Come on a road trip with me.

A three minute vacation.  Right here.  Right now.

Ready?  Set?   GO !!












This is going to be a great day.

Life is a crazy straw.

Sometimes you just need to hit the reset button.

Hit that button.

Hit it hard.  Then sit back and relax.

You can have a three minute vacation right now on the blog, and you won’t even need to go through airport security.


Security:  Did you pack your own suitcase?

Me:   Yeah right.  Like I could convince a stranger to iron my skirts, fold my t’s and pack my crap.  Oh and oh… and that same stranger would sit on my suitcase to close it.  Not.   Now that would be a dream vacation before the vacation.  Pinch me.  Pinch me now.


Security screening gives a whole new meaning to the word ASS  😉

Shhh.  Don’t tell them I said that.



But now that I’m on a roll, I must say…


The customs  forms are pretty darn entertaining too :


Q:  Are you carrying an excess of $10,000 ?

A:  Yeah. Right.  If I had $10,000 do you think I would have sat beside the airplane toilet?


Q:  Are you carrying any weapons?

A:  Yup.  My knitting needles.  But you confiscated them when you strip searched me with the ‘I can see you naked’ machine that you have now.  Holy crap, that thing is intimidating.  I bet the security screening personnel see things that they wish they had never seen.  It should come with a warning label:


Beware:  Some things cannot be unseen.


Q:   Have you or are you visiting a farm?

A:   Like I would tell you.   Do I have s.t.u.p.i.d written on my forehead?



Michael and I had a few days in Mexico this year.  Why?  Because we had free tickets.  It is a long blahhhh story.  So I won’t bore you with deets.  I just didn’t want you to think I was a vacation whore.  Vacation here.  Vacation there.

You better start feeling sorry for me soon.

I made a choice in advance that I didn’t want to expel any ENERGY.  Zip.  Nada.

I wouldn’t even carry a camera.  It’s the size of a kitten. Much too heavy for my laziness.  Only my phone would pass the light as a feather, free as a bird test.



Technically, I could only lift my arm for cold cocktails.

I managed to take all the photos with my iPhone and share with instagram.  I pushed two buttons.  Then I was exhausted.  It’s hard work doing nothing.

It’s exhausting to be lazy.  I didn’t move a muscle.  Except to lift my arm for burritos, nachos and tequila.  Rinse and repeat on a daily basis.

Does this mean you will follow me on instagram so I don’t feel like a lazy loser without friends?  I love my imaginary real friends on instagram.   YOU are my insta inspiration !



What did I learn?

Vacation quiet is deafening.

And I like it that way.



Let’s listen to the waves together.




I was so excited to go on a vacation to Mexico.

I went crazy just thinking about it.  I almost passed out.  Well, I chewed my gum really fast anyway.

Same thing.

I like that you think I am joking.



Want more vacation time?

Okay, I’m dishing out more vacation photo relaxation.

Because I love you.

You deserve a break.

Maybe a raise too.

Go tell your boss.


Note to self : Do not tell your boss that you read blogs at work.  I don’t want to be responsible for the rise in unemployment rate.


This is supposed to be fun.

PS. My friends pointed out that this turtle is also anatomically correct.  Laugh out loud.



Vacations are great for health and happiness.

Okay, happiness.

Same same but different.







Sometimes, life can be like pushing a rope uphill.

Take a break.  It gets easier after you take a break.

The life part gets easier.

Not the uphill rope pushing part.

That’s just hopeless.

Don’t go there.



I’m a parent.

Parents need a summer vacation from the freaking summer vacation.

I guess this means I’m not getting Mother of the Year Award this year.   Pfffft.

For the record, you should know that I just did a full day of camp laundry today.  I was armed with a clothes peg on my nose and I only dry heaved three times.  The smell of camp laundry makes my eyes water and my nostrils flair in utter fear.

Laundry is fascinating, isn’t it?  There are about three words in there that are true.

Laundry is a place where happiness goes to die.

It is a problem, multiplied by 10 thousand million.

We need vacations from laundry.


We just need vacations.



Because they are fun.

Stamped it.



Vacations are how I get my rocks off.  If I had rocks.

They are a time when you sit back and chant words to yourself.

Words like… marg-a-rita…. marg-a-rita….. marg-a-rita

Bring it.



Do you know what is great about sand in the pants?   Neither do I.

I prefer to keep the sand outta my own pants.

It’s best admired from a distance.




To top your vacation off, I thought I’d put some icing on your vacation cupcake with an hilarious video.  Want to snort your drink outta your nose laughing?  Check out this YouTube video of a man dancing in his speedo.   You will laugh out loud.  The energy of this guy is amazeballs.   He certainly doesn’t suffer from shyness…..


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  1. Laura Altobelli says:

    I want you to smuggle me into your luggage the next time you go away (ok, I guess that isn’t feasible). I haven’t done any exotic vacations so I don’t even know how to plan one, but hopefully in the not-so-distant future. I am, however, fortunate, to say that I’ve driven across the United States in a convertible, twice, and got lots of wacky sunburns and bug lunches to prove it. So many people in this country haven’t ventured outside their own space (aside from some Disney-themed resort), but there are incredible sights to see, even in unlikely places. Highly recommend.


  2. Patty says:

    Beautiful photos and beautiful message! As a person who feels most alive when I’m traveling and seeing the world, I really appreciate this post!

  3. Linda Dunton says:

    I have not had a vacation in several years, but I did just have a 3 minute vacation followed by 10 minutes of hilarity a nd inspiration. The video puts the visual behind ‘dance like no one watching’. You know he was actually really good!

    I just wanted to say thank you – it was wonderful.

  4. Martina says:

    Airport security is like some cruel and unusual form of torture before getting to your destination. Worst part of travelling. At least you had some fabulous R&R to make up for it. And tequila, can’t forget the tequila.

    I’m hopelessly addicted to instagram–my blogging has gone out the window since I got the mighty micro-blogging in my hot little hands. (I’m @greatwhitenowhere over there) I don’t care what people say 20743pictures a day is not too much. The adventures are worth it!

  5. Just found your blog! It is most definately awesome Xx

  6. Adelle says:

    To be honest, I would really enjoy visiting that tree in the first picture for a couple a days (vacation !)

  7. Love the pics! I don’t have a vacation planned, but I do have jalapeño tequila. That’s sort of the same thing.

  8. mrsugarbears says:

    Loved this post! Your trip looked wonderfully relaxing. Well deserved for you both! Instagrams rocks!

    • Thanks darlin’
      I love all your epic support. I really do. In a scary sort of stalker-ish way. Are you worried now? LOL !!!
      It is so fun following you too. Right back atcha.
      Epic hugs,

      • mrsugarbears says:

        hahaha-never. And speaking of stalker….if I lived close to you, I would have crashed your treehouse bloggin’ weekend. 🙂 It looked like so much fun! Mwah!

  9. Danica says:

    Instagram sucks….OK, I lie I’m only saying that because I have a blackberry.

    I miss our favourite vacation place so much! Oddly enough I miss it so much that I wrote about it last week! http://www.countrychicrenovator.com/2013/07/friday-dreamingvacation.html

    Now these pictures make me realize even more that we need to back soon, soon, soon!

  10. mary says:

    Hey Darlin’. I’m already following you,,,,,everywhere you go,,,everywhere you are. Are you frightened yet???? LOLOL @nonna_mahoo on instagram (and I’ll p0st more pics if I ever figure out how!)
    Hugs my friend

  11. mom says:

    My favourite vacation spot??? With the best service????
    Your house LOL
    Ok…I’m packed See you next week :o)

    • Ohhhh Mom… you crack me up. You are like the chic traveling nomad. Are you really coming back to Ontario this week?!!
      Do tell. I will stock up the treehouse for Momma-ville. xx

  12. Lisa Thomson says:

    I love your pic’s from Mexico and happy for you (note: not sorry but happy) that you got a much needed holiday! I am on Instagram too @lisathomthumb. Weird name, right? That’s because my daughter named me on the site. We already follow each other but still thought I’d mention my weird instagram name. If we could find a way to make laundry go away, would we need less holidays? I doubt it!

    • Hi Lisa !
      Who doesn’t need a holiday ? Right? LOL ….Yes, I have a great time following & hanging out with friends on instagram too. So fast and easy. The photo sharing… is fast and easy… not us. heehee !
      Lynne xx

  13. Suerae Stein says:

    Love your blog post! We were supposed to go to Italy for our vacation but my son’s torn ACL ligament messed up our plans so we went to Cape Cod instead. Not nearly as exotic or exciting, but I loved every minute of it. It doesn’t matter where you go, as long as you can enjoy! Thanks for making me feel like I’m on vacation again. Loved the video – haha!

    • Thanks !!

      Cape Cod?! Ohhhh how that must have been incredible too. The cobblestone streets, gorgeous homes and super duper out of this world friendly people.

      Italy can wait 🙂

      Happy blogging vacation. LOL.

      Lynne xx

  14. Julie says:

    I’m @hooliejoover!

  15. Shirley says:

    Hey, Lynne, today’s my 67th birthday and I AM friggin’ awesome. Thank you for reminding me!
    Love your spirit,

    • 67 ?! And you are computer savvy ! I’m kissing you right now. A legit HAPPY BIRTHDAY kiss.

      You are friggin’ awesome.


      Lynne xx

      • Shirley says:

        Oh, yeah, I like my computers! I have 2 desktops, a laptop, an iPad, an iPod, and an iPod Shuffle. But that’s nothing: I had a friend who at 95 learned how to use a computer to prepare and publish her 386-page family history. I want to be just like her when I grow up. And don’t be fooled by my age … I’m 67 but only on the outside …
        Thanks for the good wishes. You’re a sweetheart.

        • No way, Shirley !?

          Holy amazeballs !!! Impressive. iPhone is next ?! LOL. You could have some great chats with Siri 🙂 She has a great sense of humour. haha!

          I want to be just like your friend (AND YOU) when I grow up too.

          Awesomeness !
          Lynne xx

  16. kristin says:

    just for the record- coffee hurts when it comes out your nose from laughing at the guy in the speedo!! holy gusto batman! 😉 loved my couchcation today…my favorite pics were your rock sea turtles! i am definitely interested in hearing more about your blog design- cannot wait.

    • Hey Kristin !

      Glad you loved the ‘couchcation’. Hilare word. I have to remember that one !!

      Your package was waiting for me when we got back home. I just opened it last night !!!

      Holy hannah ! You are freakin’ talented !!! It was so incredibly pretty, I didn’t want to open it. Who says stuff like that?! Keep rockin’ it girlie !!!