Last week, Scott and I hit an all-time high with anxiety and exhaustion.
For me, it was my routine time-of-the-month in which I want to crawl out of my skin due to pain and discomfort. For Scott, it was a combination of physical and mental exhaustion from work and managing the reno for The House on High Street.
Coincidently, we become very irritable towards one another when we are anxious and exhausted. It only took me about 5 years to figure out just how to handle these situations.
By the way…Speaking of irritability and the evolution of our response-mechanisms, Scott and I have come such a long way. We express ourselves much better these days. It goes something like this…
“What’s your problem?”
“Nothing. What’s YOUR problem!?”
“I don’t know. You, perhaps?”
“Leave me alone.”
A few minutes later…
“You want to get some water-ice?”
Isn’t this the quintessence of marital tension? I’m still learning…
Anyway, after last week, I realized that we both needed a little more than a water-ice to recharge our batteries and cool down our crankiness. We needed time at the beach.
Scott and I are pure-bread beach babies. We spent much of our separate lives at the beach. We met at the beach. And we experienced our first summer together on the beach. It’s just so natural for us to feel revived as individuals and as a couple, whenever we step foot on a beach.
This time last year we owned an ocean-view condo, and so I was reluctant to book a reservation and stay at a place that was not our own. I feared that it would not come close by comparison. But, boy was I wrong!
We had such a wonderful 2 night stay in Avalon & Stone Harbor, NJ. (Neighboring beach towns.) We got a great pre-season deal at the hotel, and it was restaurant week at several places! We didn’t have to worry about laundry or dirty dishes. We had time to rest, lay in the sun, read, play football and frisbee, take long walks, relax in the hot tub, go out on dinner dates, shop, take naps, share stories, laugh, and eat lots of junk food.
2 nights and 3 days was just enough.
It doesn’t take that long to recharge, but sadly many of us do not make the time for it…until it’s too late. As you look through our pics, may they remind you to make time for getaways for yourself, for your family, and for your friends.