For those of you just joining us, this is the third part (even though the title says “Part II” — the real first part was “The Prologue”) of my nine-day staycation tale! It’s the last one, I promise.
This instalment deals with what I did after Mrs. HoaiPhai’s family got on a plane and headed to California to begin Phase III of their own vacation.
After close to a week of having house guests, I still had a couple of days left before I had to report back to the old grind. I figured I’d take it pretty easy and not work up too much of a sweat enjoying my last few days of freedom. Here’s what happened.
- I took a shower and walked naked from the bathroom to the bedroom.
- Mrs. HoaiPhai and I straighten up and found a whole bunch of stuff that our visitors forgot to take with them. Alice was the biggest offender but her forgetfulness is understandable… she really didn’t want to leave. Among the articles she left was a t-shirt that my wife had bought in anticipation of Alice’s visit. What we didn’t know was that Alice had seen this very shirt on the Korean Old Navy (or Gap) website and when her mother tried to buy it, it was not available in Alice’s size. They then called Alice’s aunt in California who tried to order it from the American website and it was discontinued. Alice was ecstatic about getting this shirt so we’ll mail it to her tomorrow.
- I run some errands and play some music in the car for the first time in a week.
- Now that our supply of bone soup has been exhausted, we begin consuming the rest of the leftovers.
- We watch a movie that has nothing to do with the Marx Brothers or the Three Stooges… the James Bond flick Tomorrow Never Dies. While the movie’s title screen rolls I cannot help thinking that I wish my staycation would never die.
- With Mrs. HoaiPhai back at work, I begin writing Part I (the second instalment, really) of this staycation series of posts.
- I play with my new toy, an iPad 2nd Generation, and pledge to myself to one day write a post about it.
- During a trip to Costco to return stuff that Mrs. HoaiPhai bought for the visitors but could not be taken because of luggage weight restrictions, I discover some relatively minor blemishes on my car that look like the product of vandalism.
- We continue eating leftovers, including stuff that I intended to serve our guests which was vetoed after I had bought and/or defrosted it. Tonight’s meal: smoked meat sandwiches, fiddleheads, and potato salad.
- We watch the first two Dirty Harry movies.
- I finish and post the second instalment of the Staycation saga.
- I continue playing with the iPad.
- Abandoning the idea of using the leftover spaghetti sauce to make stuffed peppers, I take the path of least resistance and just heat up the sauce and serve it over some sausage-stuffed tortellini that is approaching its best before date almost as fast as my staycation is drawing to a close.
- We watch the third and fourth Dirty Harry movies and have a good laugh during The Enforcer when Harry introduces himself at the brothel as Larry Dickman, a pseudonym Eastwood “borrowed” from Don Rickles’ act and used in real life to ensure anonymity when making reservations at hotels.
- I find a bunch of craft supplies Mrs. HoaiPhai bought for Alice months ago.
- I mow the lawn.
- I throw this post together, trying to make it as brief as possible so none of my readers will feel it necessary to book a little time off of their own to get through it.
- The leftovers gone, I ponder what to make for dinner.
- I make a coffee and have a good cry after realizing that the next time I wake up I’ll have to go to work.
- Checked the lotto tickets… still have to go to work tomorrow.
- Try to find the instruction manual for my alarm clock… I’ve forgotten how to set it.
Final Tally for Phase II of My Staycation
Did very little, as according to plan. Success!
Now where did I put my anti-psychotic medicine for my first day back at work?
- What I Did on My Staycation: The Prologue (hoaiphai.wordpress.com)
- What I Did on My Staycation: Part I (hoaiphai.wordpress.com)