How I Spent My Spring Break Staycation

Today, I clock back in at the office after a whole week off.


As much as I love my colleagues and enjoy my job, leaving Zach and the dogs at home is going to be extra hard this morning.

Our first “vacation” of 2013 did not involve a plane ride to the Pacific Northwest or even a bike ride through Missouri’s wine country.

But the time spent together, in our own city and with our beloved dogs was pretty amazing.


Staycation 2013 highlights:

1. Replenishing our supply of homemade, non-toxic household products, including DIY laundry detergent, dryer sheets, dishwasher detergent and citrus-scented all-purpose cleaner.

2. Warming ourselves by the fire of tree branches and twigs that fell down during Kansas City’s recent big, bad snowstorms.

3. Taking time to explore Red X, a big store in Riverside, Missouri, that is part hardware store, part grocery store, part liquor store and part purveyor of antiques and weird animal statues.


4. Having Zach’s sister and brothers over for dinner and taking an extra plate to our neighbor, who brought us a lovely bouquet of flowers to say thanks.

5. Challenging one another to consume the super hot sauce and dried pepper flakes that Bethany brought us from her trip to the Philippines.

6. Going to a movie – Oz the Great and Powerful – on a weeknight.

7. Getting into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit over Irish eats and a Bloody Molly drink at neighborhood dive bar Swagger.

Have you ever stayed home for your vacation? What did you do?


About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on March 18, 2013, in Dogs, Family, Food, Random Life, Travel, Wayward Living and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful staycation! 🙂 I’m jealous you got to enjoy those two super sunny/warm days!

  2. This sounds PERFECT! I love to take a staycation every once in a while — i get to go through my ‘to do’ list, dote on the dogs, see everyone I don’t get to see regularly and break out of the norm to try new things! So thrilled you had a great week!

  3. We actually usually stay-cay and do home improvement projects, etc. In nearly 13 years of marriage we have never been gone for an entire week but usually just take longer than a long weekned trips. We’re boring.

  4. Sometimes a staycation is just as good as going somewhere! We haven’t been on an actual leave the state and go somewhere vacation in a few years now, it seems that we have a good time hanging out together, seeing friends and family and playing tourist in our own town.

  5. I am with you here…I work 3 days a week but with driving its almost a 12 hour day….and I HATE leaving my 3 dogs alone in the house…them having to “hold it”….it just breaks my heart…

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