We were gone for a week, headed up to Wisconsin for a family reunion. Overall, a good time was had -- both of my sisters and their families were there, and Vinny had a great time playing with his cousins -- but there were some hair-raising moments. Family is a double-edged sword -- it can bring out the best and the worst in people. It was quite interesting (in a horrifying sense) to see sibling rivalries still playing out, fifty years later. It was somewhat jaw-dropping to see the blatantly rude glares and dagger-throwing stares of family members whose fundamentalist views were so rigid that they condemned their nearest relatives. But it was also refreshing to see the fierce loyalties between family members whose views may differ, but still share the bond of love and mutual respect.
As you might guess from the previous paragraph, although I took vacation days to attend this event, it was no vacation. But it was at least a different type of tension than the one I experience every day at work, and there's something to be said for variety.
All of this is to say that I am a woman in desperate need of a vacation. I've been (to quote Dr. Isis) losing my junk a lot lately. The stress is enough to drive a person crazy.
I can't take a substantial vacation yet, though. I have a big review the middle of this month, and then it's crunch time for my super-hard project. I won't have a chance to take more than a long weekend until October. In the meantime, I believe I will have to plan that week in October, to have something to look forward to. So, vast blogging audience, any suggestions for a family with a will-be four-year-old, a destination that won't break the bank, won't take too long to travel to, and will be enjoyable for all three parties involved?