One of these months I'm going to take an actual stay-cation. Of all the neologisms I've heard, I think that is one of the best: a vacation during which you stay home. Needless to say, it doesn't count if you spend the entirety of it doing chores or otherwise working at home. At least a significant portion needs to be sheer indulgence. If indulgence for you is working in the garden, so be it. Most definitely, cleaning the house is out. One must plan for a stay-cation just like one would for a travelling vacation. If you normally clean the house before you leave, do so before you stay home. Ditto for any other necessary prevacation chores. Prepare your life so that you can actually enjoy your stay-cation and get the most out of it. Just like a regular vacation, the point is to come back to your real life relaxed and refreshed, ready to take on the world.
Of course, I say all of this from a point of no experience. I'm indulging in a long weekend right now (I took a leave day today), but have done laundry, vacuumed, etc. My main "job" of the weekend is to get ready for the Valdez Emblem Club Christmas bazaar next weekend (Dec. 4, 9-3 - mark your calendars). I'm printing business cards, finishing jewelry, creating displays and making a few class samples. None of this is particularly onerous work, but it is work. Not nearly as much fun as indulging in pure creative time followed by hours curled up with a good book.
No complaining, though. Rowan had her friend Gaea over today, so I helped them make fudge - it turned out perfectly. We were just dancing around the house to swing music. It's worth being silly to have my child's friend chanting, "Go Sharry! Go Sharry!" Unfortunately, my left foot gave out on me. I did something a couple of weeks ago to the outside edge of it and it really hurts. Now I'm sitting with my feet up, ice pack wrapped tightly, and writing this entry. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is soon to follow. Not so bad, after all.