1. Yesterday was kind of a nasty day. The forecast called for 3-6 inches of snow and the schools closed for the day. Reality? 35 degree rain with some flurries mixed in. While I’ll run a race in that kind of weather, I’m not going to choose to go out in that (especially when everyone in my house is fighting a cold), so I hit up the treadmill. Unfortunately, I’ve somehow lost the ability to just run a steady state run at a decent speed. I can either do speed intervals or run slow enough to read my kindle. Yesterday I chose the kindle. Sometime soon I need to stop reading the mind candy. It’s starting to rot my brain.
2. Speaking of Kindle, back when I bought mine, I got two months of free Amazon Prime. And that’s how they hook you. I’m totally addicted now! And I’ve totally justified the cost in terms of what my time is worth and what gas costs (not to mention their prices are usually as good as any store within a 15 minute drive of my house). If you guessed that I’m doing a lot of last minute shopping for my trip, you’d be right. My most recent purchase:
3. One thing about this trip that I haven’t talked about much is that it’s Beer Geek’s and my SECOND kid free vacation in almost twelve years. We do a pretty good job of taking small (1-2 day) trips and we have a great network of friends and babysitters for nights out, but we aren’t very good about taking a longer trip without the kids. Last time was two years ago. We went to St. Martin.
There was a lot of this:
And a little bit of this:
This time there will be a whole lot more running, a whole lot less beach, and the only good beer will likely be what we bring down from Denver. But 9 days of being able to complete a sentence, not have to argue about homework, and actually take as long as I want to eat a meal? Yes, please. I love my kids, but I’m REALLY looking forward to spending time alone with my best friend!
Do you make taking time away from the kids a priority? What kind of trips do you take without them?
8 thoughts on “TTT: Treadmills, Amazon Prime, No Kid Vacation”
You are perilously close to sounding like an Coastal Beer Snob! Remember where most of the ingredients for your beer originate? It’s NOT the coasts! If you take the few extra minutes to ask and look there are an amazing number of GREAT beers in the middle of the country. Not many of them get to the coasts, mostly because bottling/canning lines are expensive and distributors are hard to convince.
Here is a web site where you can start your research – we expect reports about the fine LOCAL beers you find. http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/
My kindle fire was a Christmas gift a few years ago when they first came out. I was given 2 months of free prime and that’s what hooked me too. I have had it ever since!!
I don’t have kids so I can’t relate in that sense. But my Fiance and I are good about getting mini trips in a few times a year, and are going to try and get a longer one in once a year or so as well. Time away from the day to day work and grind is very important.
I got hooked on Amazon Prime just like you! Yesterday I think I justified it with free movie downloads to keep kids happy during the snowquester! We got a few inches of very wet stuff out here in LoCo. Thankfully it wasn’t a run day for me so I was able to avoid the dreadmill and just spin on the bike while watching Today show. Today I ran 8 miles in the melting slop and got very wet feet! Enjoy your kid-free vacation. My husband and I have manged one of those in 13 years (10 anniversary) and a couple of overnighters. Long overdue. Enjoy your travel roller!
Hope you guys enjoy your child-free vacation! Hope you like your foam roller. I know it will come in handy in a couple of weeks.
I’m thinking that with all that running you’re not really going to be able to take advantage of the ‘kid free’ part of the vacation. Should be fun anyway.
I would never be able to run and read…I’ll get motion sickness for sure! We do go away without the kids but not more than 3 or 4 days. Longer than that we make a family getaway.
You are so smart to do the no-kids thing now. We waited until our 20th anniversary to take our first no-kids vacation. Seriously. Now we’re hooked. Last year we took 5 kid-less trips. Of course, our kids aren’t really kids anymore (19 and 21). LOL
I’m pretty excited because we’re leaving for a trip tomorrow too. Woot!!!
I always get homesick, so we never go anywhere. However we do take daytrips.