I ran away from home. I packed a bag, kissed my goodbyes, and drove to a place where I could relax on my own and poke around as I pleased.

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I don’t see any reason why this shouldn’t be a quarterly activity. Do you?

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chan
chan
9 years ago

That’s a really lovely picture of you, Linda. You look happy, relaxed, and well rested. Cheers to time away!

Courtney
Courtney
9 years ago

As long as it doesn’t end up at the bottom of a bottle of bourbon, a la Ashle Judd in… What was that movie? “Divine secrets of the ya ya sisterhood.” I love weekends by myself. It doesn’t mean I don’t love my husband, but man… My favorite sound is SILENCE.

meanliving
9 years ago

Oh, man! Good for you, lady! I will need to know where that (tub) is. Not that I may have to make a break for it soon or anything.

Tessa
Tessa
9 years ago

Oh, that tub… I want to go to there. Good for you!!

honeybecke
honeybecke
9 years ago

Good on ya! Yes, quarterly…hmmm…you could make your own traditions!

ste
ste
9 years ago

My husband and I were watching Date Night. The husband and wife character were having some marital troubles and asked each other what they fantasize about. The husband was quite surprised that his wife’s fantasy was not another man but an escape – it was exactly the kind of thing that you did! Mine isn’t far away from that, either. So glad you did that for yourself.

Shannon
9 years ago

I second the tub comment – enjoy it!!!

KB
KB
9 years ago

I just finished reading Pull of the Moon a few days ago. I saw your post and thought “she’s channeling her inner Nan.” Nicely done!

Erin@MommyontheSpot
9 years ago

I am living vicariously through you! The pics are amazing, and I think it’s awesome that you recharged your batteries.

jonniker
9 years ago

Brilliant. You bet your bippy when my baby is old enough, I’m out. Glad you took the time to do it.

Eric's Mommy
Eric's Mommy
9 years ago

Nice! Have fun my friend :)

NancyJ
9 years ago

Courtney – I could have written that as well.
KB – Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg – Oh how I’ve felt that way sometimes during my 25 years of marriage (did you know the husband writes a response to Nan in one of Berg’s short story books?).
Linda – You’re weekend is a wonderful idea. I wish during the early years of our marriage I had thought to do the same. As much as I love my husband and my life, sometimes I just need to get away.

marta
marta
9 years ago

What a lovely, lovely picture of you. And all the rest are gorgeous too. There’s nothing like time alone in the blustery, seaside autumn.

Melanie
9 years ago

No reason whatsoever! Glad you got some time to yourself – hope it was GRAND!

Sarah @ TM2TS
9 years ago

Sometimes you need a break.
And for that tub?
I’d take a break daily ;)

Sonia
Sonia
9 years ago

Totally. Absolutely, make this a quarterly event.

Lisa S.
9 years ago

I love my life in California, but man, you’re making Oregon seem very alluring. So glad you had the chance to swim in the lake of you for a bit.

OR Suz
OR Suz
9 years ago

You had me at Mo’s.

adequatemom
9 years ago

Jealous. You are living the dream, my friend.

Sirena
Sirena
9 years ago

you looked so relaxed, rested and happy, Linda – looks like your trip is doing you good!

H
H
9 years ago

No question about it – do it.

charlene
charlene
9 years ago

you need to do this occasionally. I do not see why doing it quartlery would hurt anything.

speaking of that I’m doing this in about 8 weeks. looking forward to it.

perl
perl
9 years ago

Whoa. Where is that hotel with that tub? Check out the Overleaf Lodge in Yachats for a future getaway. The (free!!) use of the soaking tub and sauna and stuff in the spa is heavenly.

Em
Em
9 years ago

Oh, such a great idea! I hope you returned feeling refreshed.

Cindy
Cindy
9 years ago

Quarterly indeed!

My parents have been married for 45 years. One of the secrets to their long & pretty-happy marriage has always been taking time for themselves. My Dad prefers to hunt and fish with his friends vs. going away solo and my Mom’s “recharge” trips were usually with a couple close gal pals, but they made sure each had time to get the hell out of Dodge while the other stayed home with the kids. Even though we don’t have kids, my husband and I have a similar routine of individual vacations as well as together and it’s great.

Lawyerish
9 years ago

Oh, this looks so awesome, and so well-deserved. I absolutely think you must do this on a regularly basis. I go on a yearly weekend getaway with a bunch of moms I know, but I think I am going to use your trip as inspiration to do at least an annual getaway all by myself. The thought of picking some little town, driving there, poking around in shops and buying a stack of books and reading them in a quiet place…ahhhh.

Amy N
Amy N
9 years ago

Absolutley…if you have the means and can do it…quarterly! I am craving some alone time but circumstances aren’t coming together for me right now. Enjoying the chaos and dreaming of my alone time. Love the cememtery!

warcrygirl
warcrygirl
9 years ago

I was really digging the photos of the open road and the beach, then I fell in love with that bathtub. Sweet Jesus, do it for the bathtub!!!

Sandy
Sandy
9 years ago

Love the pic of you and hurray for mini solo vacations :)

Angella
9 years ago

You look prettier than usual in that photo.

Hooray for getting away!

Alyce
Alyce
9 years ago

Quarterly at least! Looks lovely. So glad you were able to do this for yourself.

Barb Ruess
9 years ago

I am insanely jealous. What a wonderful way to treat yourself!

cheryll
cheryll
9 years ago

My girls are now almost 32 and 30 and I fondly remember a few times I got to go away for some “me” time many years ago … Though it seems like my husband got more “me” time for himslef thanks to hunting, fishing, etc. (a sentiment I’m sure you can ID with). So, where was the place? Newport? Also, were there any geocaches in the cemetery?

Joanne
9 years ago

OH I’m glad you got to go somewhere! I think quarterly is a great plan. Maybe if you plan for quarterly, you could actually achieve it twice a year!

Karen
Karen
9 years ago

I’ve been doing something similar every year for the last five years. I have a countdown app on my phone, and at the end of every trip I reset it to start counting down again. (124 days to go.) (Not that I’m counting.) (Oops, yes I am.)

I think it’s a must-do for every parent.

Anais
9 years ago

I will forever love these photos. That cemetery looks so peaceful, yet creepy. The beach looked like part of a dream. Wish I was on that beach right now. Glad you had a fabulous time.

Shawna
Shawna
9 years ago

I’m going to Weetacon for the third time this coming spring. It feels weird to be without my husband and kids, but not in a bad way. I can’t convince the husband to come, by the way, though I’ve tried. He insists I should just go. He went on a trip to France to play hockey last spring, so that was his getaway.