Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Facts and Fiction

 

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Fact: I am completely and utterly done with trying to find a rental cottage near Acadia National Park for a week this summer. Every single (insert curse word here) place that I have shown my husband has been met with negativity.

Fact: Tonight, over dinner, he seems to have been able to talk me into camping.

Fact: I don’t understand how this happened.

Fact: I agreed because I’m sick of it all.

Fact: I’d prefer to just get in my car with the dog and take my own vacation.

Fact: I refuse to sleep on the ground. Except if it’s on an air mattress.

Fact: RV rental prices are exorbitantly high.

Fiction: I am really looking forward to this vacation with my husband.

Respectfully submitted,

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Photo taken at Stonington Harbor, Deer Isle, Maine – August 2009

53 comments:

Donna S. said...

Love it!! Hahahaha. Totally understand.

sharon said...

have fun! don't I know how you feel...sigh.

Tammy said...

I feel your pain, my tent camping days are OVER! Good luck!

texwisgirl said...

sorry, but i'm chuckling. and no, i wouldn't want to do it either...

Ellen said...

Camping is not my thing. Did it once, won't rush to do it again.

Remember to pack lots of wine.

Country Girl said...

Who knows? Maybe I will end up loving this. I actually think I'd love it more if it were just the dog and me.

~ C.G.

wayne15575 said...

I've often found it was where I went on vacation but whom I went with that made the vacation.

I'm sure it will be the same for you. Just be sure to take your camera for us.

missing moments said...

By now the best course of action is to get a incredibly good air mattress, eat pounds and pounds of lobster and let the hubster do all the packing and cleaning. It's only fair! :-)

Hilary said...

You should just have picked a place, sent the money, said, Hey...this is where we are going.
Period.
End of sentence.
Get over it.

Gone Country said...

While I feel your pain I am inwardly chuckling (sorry)! I love to camp and did it for years with my hubby. The air mattress was a must along with my own porta-potty! Finding your way to the bath house in the middle of the night is NO fun! We do have an RV now and it is pretty nice I must admit. Any cabin rental options there?

And whatever you end up doing... please take Lots of pics! LOVE the photo in this post!

Mental P Mama said...

Good. Gah.

Fine Lines said...

A little wine, a little chocolate, a great book or 2, your terrific dog, hubby doing his thing and you with your camera -- could be a fun time to remember when it is all said and done!!

Low Tide High Style said...

Well if it means you can go to Maine and take more pictures like this one, then I'm all for you camping! *ducks*

Kat *leaving off smiley face since I've already provoked you!*

becky up the hill said...

I pray there is a big fat silver lining dear girl, with some gold leaf to sweeten the pot..wherever that means..sigh

Ashley Sisk said...

I'm still not sure what to do about the camping situation - you must have been tired of thinking about it. But the photo is gorgeous.

Country Gal said...

I love camping. We had an air mattress and a two room tent, it is possible to have some comforts of home whilst camping ! Papa and I love nature so camping was great but now here at Our Country Cove it is like camping but with all the luxuries ! Have a good day !

BUSH BABE said...

I am not a camper. Well not anymore. I love a proper bed and air conditioning and running water. So I hear you!

If you are going to camp, camp in style my friend. It's your holiday too!
:-)
BB

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Deep breath.
You will get a vacation.
It will be a great vacation.
Time will be spent relaxing
And you'll take great photos.
It will all work itself out in the end.

At least that is what my mom always tells me and she always seems to be right. :)

Linda said...

Jen at Cabin Fevers Mom is a smart lady.
I can so relate to your dilemma and I HAVE put the dog in the truck and taken my own vacation. Hubby got over it and now takes an active part in finding accommodations for OUR vacations:)

JaneK said...

literally laughed out loud... those would all totally be the words coming out of my mouth...

gorgeous shot BTW....

Candace said...

I would feel exactly the same as you. Sorry. Hope it's better than you anticipate--that could happen, right? Yeah, it could.

Michelle said...

Oh dear; this strikes a little too close to home. My husband when he was a boy and his dad used to dream of taking a Boundary Waters trip together (camping and canoeing in the Boundary Waters area of the MN/Canadian border). He and a friend chatted about this when our friends visited in March. This month, friend's wife emailed, saying, "When is Rick going to do this, so that Jim can plan his schedule?" WHAT?!? My DH does not believe in separate vacations; I do not and have NEVER dreamed of a Boundary Waters vacation. Why would I CHOOSE to pay good money for the privilege of traveling all that way,carrying all my gear, paddling a canoe, eating dehydrated food, sleeping on the ground IN SOMEONE ELSE'S SLEEPING BAG, and fighting off bugs?

Cloudia said...

courage!





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bv said...

this brings back sooo many memories...one year~1984~we had a very sick bro-in-law, actually dying. could not make the reservation for the cabin we always stayed...16 year old daughter reared her back at camping. i said 'girl you buck up...make it work...for your dad..put together some cute little camping outfits and decorate your tent!' she did! and to this day our answer to any tuff time is 'put together a cute little camping outfit' and buck up! we just always make it work....don't we?
bv...we aren't we deep?

JackDaddy said...

Two words:

HOTEL!!

tj said...

...Oh girl, I so feel your pain. I know what that is like all to well... Just the other day I had mentioned to my husband about how we never spend time together and that we should do something, his response was to go out in the boat and while he is fishing I could read or sew. Seriously? I mean, I was thinking of something fun, exciting, meaningful...not sitting and watching him fish! Gah! *now banging head on table*

...I know, I know, some would think I'm being a bit ornery but after almost 19 years of this nonsense I think I've become a lil' hardened, for lack of better terminology... :o\

...Hee,hee...Sorry CG, I didn't mean to turn your blog into a marriage b*tch session. Marriage is hard people! *giggle* ;o)

...Here's wishing you the best! Maybe it'll all work out yet, you never know. :o)

...Blessings dear...

Mary Lou said...

Where did you go wrong? Before the main course or after? I can't wait to hear the results!

Oliag said...

I would definitely go with a camper...but the thought of getting stuck in a tent on a rainy day no longer sounds like fun to me:) Mr O and I often talk about buying a camper and staying in the camper while the kids take over the house in Maine:)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

You'll have a wonderful time - I'm sure of it! Think of me when you ride by Exit 36, Old Orchard Beach, on the Maine Turnpike! LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi CG Know the feeling well. Is there any way you can sleep/make a bed in the car? I used a 4 inch foam placed on the car/truck floor and put quilts on top of that. It was cosy and I was not on the ground!!! Good luck with your trip. Thinking of you Enjoy your pictures so much Blessings Mary

Mary said...

I adore the phote and the treatment.

I would not have given in on the camping front, I would like running water, showers etc. too much to give them up. But think of the early morning light when you are awake with the sun shining into the tent. You many as well get up and take photos.

Andi said...

camping. on the ground. Yeah, notsomuch. I feel for you. But also am entirely confident that whatever you chose to do, you will have fun, and a very blessed time. You have that knack! My husband can be very negative at times too, especially when things are not "just so" - and he can make us all miserable, so I hear you on the "compromise". What is important is time together doing something you love.

TSannie said...

:(

Diane said...

I feel your pain. I'm gritting my teeth over the home stretch of planning the Ireland trip. I know it will be fine when we get there, but holy crap...

The Weaver of Grass said...

I do understand your feelings - I hate camping - the ground, the midgies, the grass - everything. But you never know - you might find you absolutely love it.

Daryl said...

there has to be a compromise like he should look for a rental place and if he cant find it then maybe you shouldnt go to Maine... there are other places just as lovely in Vermont and New Hampshire .. even Massachusetts ...

beth said...

my spiritual guru reminds me that everything happens for a reason.....so for some reason, camping is what you're supposed to be doing.

do you have an air mattress?

and if that vacation with just you and george pans out, you can always come here. i have a bed.... and air conditioning....with your name all over it :)
xo

Suzette said...

One of the very best vacations I ever had was camping in Maine. It was wonderful! This could be good! :)

Emom said...

I haven't camped in ages....but I used to love it....hope you have fun!....smiles.

Amy said...

Hahahaha, oh dear...poor you, I don´t mean to laugh but I could totally see you saying that as if I was sitting right across from you and I have never met you or hear you talk, but my mind thinks it has met you...hahahaha...
I just bought a three man tent today...and a blow up thingy that you can put under your sleeping bag, not an air mattress per say...little smaller, only blows up to 2.5cm in height, but it will keep me off the ground- sort of. And snuggling in a tent with your honey, can it get any better? A little wine and I bet you wouldn´t even feel that ground under you!! ;-) hehehehe....ok, I won´t give you a hard time anymore...hope it works out as I am sure it will!!

Snappy Di said...

ha hah ha ha ha haha hardy hee haw ha!

I really dislike vacationing with my husband. No, really.... I know that's hard for any woman to believe, but it's true.

LMAO

DI

Snappy Di said...

And, on another note... after being divorced for 20 years from first hubby and seeing him at my daughter's house, he made mention of a wonderful camping trip we once took. I had no frickin' memory of it. He couldn't believe I didn't remember it, but I'm sure since it had to do with camping that I had completely struck it from my memory...

acorn said...

WOW!!!

Bluebird49 said...

Oh Gee--you already know MY story on vacationing with H., albeit many years ago. We both like a nice KS bed now. Camping. Oh no...no, and no, and no again.

GAH! I'm sorry, and still, you have, as usual, worded this with such complete and utter humor--I can't help smiling. As you knew i--we'd all-- be. Even though you're not....:(

I am sure something will come up....god, I wish I could completely be honest when I say that, K.!

Rain said...

Oh my--you are in deep dodo!! My camping days in tent were over before the honeymoon!! well maybe a couple years after --but come on-with age comes some wisdom!!! Haha-I love my Maine--but when are u doing this!?? It is soooooo buggy here for next month-and nights/evenings all summer-need a screened porch on ur tent!! Wish I could put you up-but would have to be in a tent in the yard/barn!! Good LUCK! you need it!!

Mary said...

Aww jeez, not really my cup of tea... But I totally know how sometimes it is just easier to "go with the flow" than to have SOMEONE mad at you.

I agree with Daryl -- lots of beautiful places in Vermont or NH to explore...

Hope it all works out OK for you.
xoxo

Mary said...

Forgot to say how BEAUTIFUL that picture is!!! That one belongs on the wall for sure!

Lili said...

OK now I can heartily enjoy laughing at this post, as I already know the rest of the story! So funny!! And oh my gosh that texture/effect of your perfectly captured image of Stonington is absolutely gorgeous!! xo ~Lili

mrs mediocrity said...

Oh boy. I like camping, but usually 4 days is my max. I do not like sleeping on the ground, in recent years, I have outfitted my minivan with an air mattress and sleep in there when we camp. it's quite comfortable. Maybe you should rent a minivan...

Carolynn said...

Fact: I was thinking that, if this were me, I would suggest that Husband find his own (insert curse word here) cabin and stew in his own juices. *grin*

Fact: I stopped with my yogurt spoon midway to my mouth, my eyebrows raised and my eyes popped open when I read that you'd be camping instead.

Fact: I'm not a big fan of camping. Didn't like it much when I was dragged along on family holidays as a kid and I like it even less now, as an alleged adult.

Fact: It rains buckets every time I camp. Which is one of the reasons why I hate camping.

Fact: I love my modern conveniences and bathing. Neither of these are much in evidence when camping. Another reason why I hate camping.

Fact: We have a spare room you can use.

Fiction: I'm sure George and our two cats would get along just fine.

Commiserations,
Carolynn

Ashley said...

Hi there - we're heading to this cottage http://www.flipkey.com/downeast-and-acadia-maine-vacation-rentals/p208884/ in September and have heard nothing but great reviews.
Thought I'd share, I've spent the last 3 months cottage searching in the Downeast Maine region so I feel your pain!

Anonymous said...

I just started reading your blog a few months ago and you inspired me to start my own.This is the first time I have felt compelled to write a comment, tho.I'm old enough to be your, uh, big sister.My only advice is to do what my husband and I did.Camp for 4 days, then check into a nice hotel for 1 or 2, with hot baths and room service.Many places accept dogs.Relax, take a bottle of Maker's Mark, enjoy nature, take lots of photos.Our camping trip to Big Bend is one of our fondest memories.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I don't do camping.

Rent a place with a yard and let him sleep in a tent.....