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Post-Thanksgiving Vacation Hangover

December 3, 2013

I’m in the throes of a vacation hangover.  And I don’t mean that I’m struggling after overindulging over the holidays (that was Sunday thankyouverymuch).  I’m talking about that feeling of withdrawal you get after returning from a lovely time away, when you just don’t want to return to everyday life.  I’m no stranger to this feeling, but it’s a bit stronger than usual this time.

Cry me a river, right?  I’m only feeling this way because I had such a phenomenal Thanksgiving in Virginia with my family and dear friends.  Let’s rewind… I flew cross-country Tuesday night and somehow escaped the flight-cancellation-hell that plagued a lot of holiday travelers.

Flight Reading

My travel time flew by because I was deep into a great read – The Fault in our Stars totally sucked me in and I highly recommend it.  It’s a tear-jerker though, and I was crying enough that the woman sitting next to me asked if I was ok.  

Anyway, once I got home I was thrilled to take it nice and easy.  My days were spent sleeping late, lounging around the house with my family and going for a few beautiful runs around the neighborhood where I grew up.

Running in Kingsmill

We are already firmly into winter in Colorado, so I loved trotting around Williamsburg, where it still totally looks like fall.  I was also tickled by this sign.  Yep, this is where I come from. 🙂

Happy Fall Ya'll

My lovely runs made me a little disappointed that I wasn’t a runner at ALL while growing up in Williamsburg.  My parents’ neighborhood is the perfect place to run – it’s huge (almost as many people live in their community as do in my current town), with miles and miles of bike paths, streets with no traffic and plenty of rolling hills.

Fall in Kingsmill

It’s also pretty darn scenic.  There’s a 4-mile loop around the neighborhood that everyone creatively refers to as “the loop.”  Growing up, running the loop sounded like an impossible challenge.  Until this weekend, I’d never attempted it, and now I don’t know why.  It was a gorgeous, fun run.  And I’m not going to lie, it felt pretty excellent to return to the house knowing that I’m currently in way better shape than I was in high school.  And have I shown you the water view yet?

James River

A little bit of running complemented a whole lot of fabulous eating.  Thanksgiving dinner, of course, was the main event.

Thanksgiving

My mom cooked a delicious feast, along with a little help from the rest of us.

Thanksgiving

We had some good family friends over…

Thanksgiving

And my Nana, in from Boston, rounded out our fabulous group of seven.

Thanksgiving

Hmm… what else did I do?  I had a couple of really fun nights on the town with friends, met my best friend and her hubby at our favorite local coffee shop

Aromas Williamsburg

Aromas

Caught a couple of fabulous sunsets…

River sunset

Spent an afternoon decorating the family Christmas tree with my Nana, mom and sister…

Christmas Tree

I can’t even explain how happy it made me to decorate the tree with my family while rocking out to our favorite Christmas carols.

Tree DecoratingI don’t usually get home for the holidays until right before Christmas, when the tree is already up.  Then, I add a few of “my” ornaments to get in on the fun, but it’s definitely not quite the same.

Christmas tree

It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions, and definitely the one with the prettiest result.  After an afternoon of decorating fun and an early birthday dinner for my dad, it was time for my 10-year high school reunion.  Beforehand, I decided to get in the spirit by paging through my senior yearbook.

High School Yearbook

Re-reading my friends’ inscriptions from 10 years ago had me cracking up and totally ready to party with my classmates.  We had a casual reunion at a local bar where I had a blast catching up with old friends and finding out what a lot of my classmates are up to 10 years later.  

Jamestown Reunion

It was wonderful to hear how well people are doing, whether they’re all grown up with families, still in school, pursuing careers, etc.  After a fun, late night, I had a 5 a.m. wakeup call for my flight back to Colorado.  I strongly recommend avoiding the high school reunion/super-early flight combo, just in case that option ever comes up for you. 

One sleepy travel day later, I was back in the mountains.

Flying over Eagle

So now I’m back to real life (as real as it gets in Vail around the holidays, anyway), until I venture back east for Christmas in a few short weeks.

So, how was your Thanksgiving? Did you go anywhere?  When do you suffer your worse “vacation hangovers” – after a visit with family, relaxing beach vacay, or another kind of trip?

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