Saturday, July 07, 2007

Back from Utah

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. If I ever EVER talk about going on a trip with Baby E by myself, slap me until I agree to never mention it again. I went to Utah to vacation with my family for a week. I left last Friday, I returned Thursday, exhausted and drained.

Good things about my trip:
  • Hanging out with my family, especially my brothers Pat & John. They are really funny and we laughed our heads off.
  • Hanging out with L. She is cool! She drives a BMW now. How posh. We had a lot of fun talking on a long walk around the golf course behind the resort.
  • Swimming in a crater. The water is always 95 degrees. It was really amazing.

Bad things about my trip:

  • Baby E went to bed late almost every night. This meant she woke up EARLY almost every morning. Doesn't make sense, does it. Well, it's true. The nights she went to bed late, she woke up in the morning around 6 am. (tooooooo early) The nights she went to bed on time (all 2 of them), she slept until 7 (acceptable). Since I went to bed at midnight every night, and slept well zero nights, this added up to an exhausted me.
  • Baby E was overwhelmed and extremely clingy all week. As in, couldn't go more than two feet from her without her freaking out. Couldn't eat breakfast, couldn't get dressed, without Baby E crying. The child just does not travel well and I see no reason to torture myself again by pretending that "maybe she's outgrown it by now" (which is what I thought just before this trip).
  • Trip was extremely disorganized and a lot of time was wasted. When you go on a trip with 11 people, you expect some of this though.
  • We spent a lot of time dealing with my sister E's crap. A LOT OF TIME. It really annoyed me that I spent ANY of my vacation sitting in the back of a rented minivan while my dad powwowed with the mechanic fixing E's crappy car. And picking her up at work and driving around for her while she whined about how broke she is (yet bought a $200 guitar in the past month). She lies to everyone and we are all getting really frustrated about that. Too much time spent on E's drama.
  • My mom's favorite outfit was stolen when she asked my little brother to put it next to the car right before our picnic. The dirty thief also stole the bread and chips for our picnic. RUDE. My mom freaked out because it was her absolute favorite outfit and do you know how hard it is to find pants that fit and are comfortable?????
  • I spent half the week on a 4-inch-thick mattress. Yuck.

I need a vacation from my vacation.

However, I think it was all worth it just to hear my crazy uncle Geno say to poor trapped L at a dingy restaurant in Heber City:

"Well, you know what happens when you live in one of those communes?"

L shakes her head.

"You get AIDS."


Emily May said...

Damnit you're funny. I totally see your point. A vacation from your vacation. Eric was always suggesting to us that we go to the beach house w/ our family for a "break." We recently told him that we couldn't have a "break" without cribs, because our kids were not constrained and would get up and WANDER around like night of the living dead! All night! So yes I do know what you mean. blah blah blah...bye.

Brittany said...

You came to Utah and didn't even stop by and say hi?

(Well, I don't blame you because I'm totally creepy)

Did you go to IKEA when you were here? Cuz I was there a few days ago, and right when I was walking out the doors, I saw this cute little baby girl that looked just like Baby E, and I thought to myself, "Wow! That looks just like Baby E! She's got those cute cheeks and everything!"

But it wasn't you pushing her in the stroller. I checked. Had I known you were in Utah at that exact moment, I would have been more observant.

Did you stay at the Homestead? I love Heber. Did you go to Dairy Keen and get a rocky road shake? I sure hope you did!

Pearlmarie said...

I am glad you are back! I have missed your posts. I know what you mean about traveling with a baby and no husband. Last time I did that I returned and begged Billy to never let me make the same error. I am sure I will, and with two kids this time, but thats just me. I doubt your that stupid.

Christy said...

Uncle Geno sounds like a character!

I am sorry that Baby E was so fussy and clingy. That really stinks.

Melain said...

The good news is that as she gets older, the bullet points start to sit heavier in the "good" column. :)