What I Did On My Summer Staycation

What I Did On My Summer StaycationWhen Summer Staycation time rolls around each July, it means that Lin is on Staycation and everything here at Telling It Like It Is is put on hold. The term “Staycation” is defined in the Urban Dictionary as meaning “a vacation that is spent at or close to one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer”, and with rising gas prices, baggage fees when flying, rising costs of flying etc, taking a Staycation this summer was the best thing we could have done.

So, do you want to know what I did on my Summer Staycation?

It’s very helpful that my husband is able to choose his own staycation/vacation time according to my work schedule, so when Lin is on Staycation, we are able to plan in advance some fun things to do as a couple.

1999 Red Convertible CorvetteYou may recall my mentioning before that I’ve been shopping for a sports car, so the first order of business of being on Staycation was to finalize the deal and drive away with my shiny, red convertible Corvette! It’s kind of funny since a corvette wasn’t even on my list of sports cars I was looking at, but after test driving it and finding that my husband could actually fit into it as well as drive it being 6’9” in height, we knew the vette was a keeper.

We also spent quite a bit of time hanging out at the community pool relaxing and trying without success to get a tan, since swimming and tanning is a typical summer staycation/vacation activity for most people, but I’ll just have to accept the fact that burning and peeling is about all I can muster.

We also went to the movie theater and saw Will Smith’s movie “Hancock”, which was just okay in our opinion. Special effects are fine in movies, and we both really enjoy Will Smith’s other movies, but Hancock is not one of the movies we would go and see a second or third time. Sorry Will, but Hancock was sort of a Staycation downer.

Lake TexomaAnother fun thing we did while on Staycation was go cruising in the vette, with the top down of course, spending some time hanging out at beautiful Lake Texoma, which is an 89,000 acre lake on the Red River and is shared by Texas and Oklahoma. Lake Texoma is widely recognized as a top fishing lake (my husband agrees), and is one of the most popular recreation destinations in the Southwest for summer fun and relaxation. Maybe next summer we’ll actually rent one of the cabins on Lake Texoma, since many cabins are located in scenic and secluded areas surrounding the lake, allowing for quiet relaxation.

The “icing on the cake” of our Staycation was when we saw Martina McBride in concert at Dallas’ own Superpages.com Center. I don’t understand why the “powers that be” changed the name from Starplex to such an idiotic sounding name, but seeing Martina McBride in concert was one of the best and most fun things my husband and I did on my/our summer staycation.

I’ve also discovered that I can earn money online, even while on Staycation in the privacy of my own home, doing online surveys with CashCrate.com amongst other money making ventures. Being someone who is highly suspicious of the legitimacy of getting paid to do surveys and similar offers, I can attest to the fact that CashCrate.com is a legitimate way of making money online. I personally select only the “100% Free” offers from the menu shown, and I’ve been able to see immediate results in making real money doing online surveys.

I’ve also been having fun playing with ClipArt that I’ve begun using within some of my most recent articles, and with the variety of images, fonts, sounds, photographs, web graphics and animations offered, I now have a much larger selection of images to use for coming articles. While there are many sites, including Flickr.com, to find images to use within articles, I’ve been finding that the ClipArt site has many images that work very well for the articles I write.

I even managed to spend some time on Twitter, periodically chatting throughout my staycation with those I follow on Twitter. Well, staycation time is over and it’s time to get back to work and bringing you more informative and interesting articles to ponder, but at least you now know what I did on my summer staycation and we had a great time!

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  1. Your husband is 6′ 9″ – Wow! It is hard for me to fit in a sports car of any kind, and I’m only 6′ 3″. My uncle is a collector of ‘vettes (he has 3), and he loves them. I like driving his ’84, althougth the ’72 is pretty cool too. Sounds like your staycation was fun Lin!

  2. Lin says:

    Hi Jeremy! Yeah it’s weird how my husband can fit into the vette and drive it etc, but couldn’t squeeze into a 350 Z or a Saturn Sky.

    I’m loving my Corvette for sure! Vroooooom! 🙂

  3. Lin's Daughter says:

    wow mom. sounds like you had a lot of fun!

    nice car by the way. too bad your suprise didnt work very well. LOL. i’m a lot smarter than most people would like to think. calling the house and checking to messages. lol. i’m a genius.

    but its good to know you found a car that you like AND pops can fit it! lol

  4. Lin says:

    @ “Lin’s Daughter”, yeah you spoilt my surprise you little sneak. 🙂 That’s ok, I still can’t wait for you to get back home so we can go for a spin with the top down. 🙂

  5. Gwen Jennings says:

    Are you out your MIND?!!!! I loved “Hancock” and I love the unusual storyline. And yes, “Independence Day” was also a great movie, but this story helped people view people that have emotional problems in a different light as well as allowing people to see that “Love” has no color. And that you can go on, still loving that person you use to be with, and have a peaceful and loving relationship with them and your new mate. Obviously, you didn’t get the “substance” of the movie. You were too busy with your “staycation”.

  6. Lin says:

    Hi Gwen, Hancock did/does have an unusual storyline and that was good. I suppose that after seeing so many of Will Smith’s movies that I believed deserved numerous awards and accolades, it’s easy to walk away from a movie comparing the most recent ones with those of the past. Independence Day and others were amazingly good, and I think Will is one of the best actors out there, and I look forward to seeing every movie he does.

    I agree with you about the need for movies to send the message that love has no color and is color blind, because I’ve never understood or agreed with racism at all, and anytime I hear racist remarks or see someone ridiculed for being in an interracial relationship it makes my blood boil with anger and disgust.

    I got the message and the substance of Hancock, and it thought it was well done. Hancock doesn’t (or didn’t at least for me) compare to the other block buster movies Will has done. But I do look forward to seeing whatever he has coming out next.

  7. Carole says:

    I like lakefront, so staycations are a fact of life here. People come here for their vacations and we have fun spending time with friends and family.

    We have a six flags nearby – but we never make it there.

  8. Lin says:

    Hi Carole, I haven’t been to Six Flags in quite awhile, especially since my kids have all grown up. I love lakefront as well, and I really hope that when the time comes to retire that we’ll find some property near enough to water to enjoy it (but without the fear of hurricanes etc).


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