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Dave's Stay-At-Home Vacation in 9 Pictures

This last week I was on vacation which of course, was wonderful. I slept late, I got to do what I wanted to do, watched a lot of Netflix, ran on the treadmill, practiced the ukulele, etc.

It was weird though because it was so much free time with nothing to mark the hours or the days. When you take a trip, you get up, you leave the hotel, you see the sights, you go to lunch, and there's a progression through each day. This week was all free time. I loved it but at the same time it was like frosting on a cake. You want just enough, but too much leaves you feeling kinda funny. Does that makes sense?

Anyhoot! (Animal Crossings reference there) Here is my vacation in 10 photos.

My car license plates expired in July. Every time I went to get them renewed, the line was outrageous. One time I got in line but the guy there told me I'd never make it to the window before they closed. So Tuesday, I got up early, got some Caribou, took my ukulele along to practice in the car while I waited, and I got there at 7:30, a half hour before they opened. YES! First one in line! Although it DID take until 9:15 to actually get my plates and get out of there.

Falen was making fun of me for having a janky old TV that couldn't get HBO+ so I got rid of my 10 year old TV and got this Smart TV. Not only did I get it all hooked up and working perfectly, I also got the sound bar and sub-woofer working too! And thanks to my carpenter friend, Mike, I got it mounted as well. Trust me, this doesn't usually go this smoothly for me, but 5 hours of effort and it works great!

At least 5 times, maybe more, I ran/walked 5 miles on the treadmill or outside. Gotta keep that holiday weight off!

Carson helped put up the Christmas tree.

Our kitchen table dates back to when Allison was 11. We got rid of that one (which I managed to drop on the top of my foot and I built this one by hand. No I didn't and you should know better if you believed that even for a second.

Allison, Justin and Ava came out for Thanksgiving. We found an old toy radio that belonged to Carson and she loved it!

We "distanced" all Thanksgiving Day and didn't even eat together. We put the food on the counter and everyone served themselves and ate on opposite sides of the room. It was kind of sad to see Allison and Justin eating alone, side by side at the kitchen table but we all want to stay safe.

I had to go in to the station on Friday to record an interview for my podcast and Josie wasn't busy so she came with! She loves car rides and she was super-excited to get to be at work with her dad!

BTW, the podcast this week is all about the pressure on women to be beautiful. How beautiful women make more money than plain women. How women are getting plastic surgery to look more like the unrealistic pictures they see on social media. It's with an author who wrote a book called "Made Up: How the Beauty Industry Manipulates Consumers, Preys on Women's Insecurities, and Promotes Unattainable Beauty Standards." You can listen to the podcast at the link below.

Just one more of my girl. Isn't it funny how dogs become our buddies? They know us and become a part of our memories and experiences and everyday life. And all they want in return is some treats and some scratches.

Thanks for looking at my weekend in five pictures! Have a great week!


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