Friday, April 25, 2014

V is for Vacation

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:






Today I've chosen one of the biggest indulgences of all...



I, personally, love the beach. But I'm not one of those people who can sit in the sun all day and do absolutely nothing. I'd just end up doing this.



The best vacation for my Type A personality happened when we went to L.A. a few years ago. During the day, we saw the sights...



And at night we went back to our beautiful condo at Hermosa Beach.



Each morning, we'd wake up and have breakfast on the beach and maybe work in a walk along the strand before hitting the town again.



While we were in L.A., we even managed to work in a few seconds on the Friends couch.



What's your idea of the perfect vacation? Are you a beach relaxer or a go-getter?

If you live in the Nashville area, come out for my first bookstore appearance! It's May 15 from 4pm-6pm at BookmanBookwoman in Hillsboro Village. Click on the image below for details.





43 comments:

  1. I definitely need a vacation. Great Word. Nice Pictures of a wonderful vacation.

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  2. We're pretty low key for vacations-every year we rent a cottage at a camp for a week. It's a lot of fun because they have a horse back riding program, as well as several other things to do (tubing down a local river, ropes course, archery, hay rides etc etc). I also usually go through 3-4 books during that week :D

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  3. I think a good vacation is the ultimate indulgence!!
    Have fun at the book signing!

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  4. Ah, the Friends couch! So cool.

    That vacation sounds like the perfect mix of activity and chillaxing - just how I like it. I find I'm better able to mentally get away from it all when I'm busy w/ non-regular life stuff.

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  5. Oh I love vacations and would love to go away. We haven't been anywhere since 2009. I would love to check out Hollywood-I guess that is a no brainer. If I had my pick-i would always venture back to Europe to see the beauty in it history, art and architecture. i also love the all-inclusives to just get away too

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  6. I could use a vacation right about now. ;)

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  7. That was a wonderful holiday/vacation, Stephanie.
    I don't know how people can spend all their time sitting on a beach or by a pool all day, either. I like to see the sights.
    I've found you on Celebrate and I'm also doing the A-Z. We're nearly there!
    It's good to meet you.

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  8. My idea of a perfect vacation? Hawaii. :) Or something like it. I live in Southern California, and we go to the beach often -- it's beautiful. By the way, I'm very familiar with Hermosa Beach. I lived not far from there, in Redondo Beach. That stretch of sand is gorgeous. Love your pictures, and I have to say this is the best V so far.
    Silvia @
    SilviaWrites

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  9. That's so cool! The couch:) I adore the beach. I need to go back. California is a place I've never been and would love to visit. I've only been to Florida to enjoy the beach and Myrtle Beach, SC (FL has the best white sand!)

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  10. Man I miss California. And I am long overdue for a vacation. :)

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  11. That sounds like a fantastic vacation. I'm like you, I love the beach but I can't just lay around on it all day. In my case, that usually means bringing my camera LoL

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  12. Beach vacations are fantastic. I love going to the beach (but sadly we don't have a beach in the city I live in).

    Stephanie, regarding your comment on my blog regarding someone giving your book a one star, my advise would be to completely ignore it. Some reviews are just not worth fretting about. Put it down to ignorance or jealousy. I read a few pages on Amazon and I absolutely loved it. After the challenge is over I will be buying it for my Kindle.

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  13. Our vacation last year was actually a trip to Colorado to visit our son. Beautiful country and we had fun. It was only a few days but maybe we'll get somewhere this year. I love the beach for about two days.

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  14. I love going to beaches, I love fishing, I love solitude so I can paint, I love a week of reading without interruptions (not much anyway, and I love going to museums and haunted bed and breakfasts.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  15. I tend to be a go-getter, too. I have to see and do everything there is. I'm thinking, though, that it might be nice to park myself on a hammock under a palm tree at a beach, and enjoy the sound of the waves!

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  16. More of a staycation type of person. Though only a small island there are so many places I've yet to visit here.

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  17. I like a mix of both. I guess that's why we live in Florida, so we can do the beach when we want to relax, and Disney when we are in the mood for go-getting. =)

    True Heroes from A to Z

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  18. I'm a big fan of sitting on the beach and reading.... For hours... But I will get antsy, so I like to mix in some physical activity, like running, hiking, kayaking, sailing, etc. This is all sounding sooooo nice right now!

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  19. Too bad I can't be there but best of luck. Vacations are nice but I would have a book or laptop out too. So cool you got to sit on the Friends couch.

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  20. Oh vacation...I'm finally going away next week on one...to beachy Jamaica lol I'm not really a beach person, I enjoy it in small doses, but can't wait to unwind. Great post, I'm even more excited now. :D

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  21. Nothing like vacation on the beach. Seems you had a perfect one.

    Wish I were in Nashville and I'd come say hi. Good luck on your signing.

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  22. It's looks like you two had a fabulous time! My idea of a vacation would be anywhere there's a 5-star hotel. Unfortunately, for the last 30 yrs I haven't really gone anywhere. But don't feel too sorry for me. For about 15 yrs I worked for resorts and hotels and lived in them, so I've spent way more time enjoying the comforts of 5-star hotels than anyone I know! :)

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  23. Oh yeah, Lexa. I can only imagine! I traveled a few times for business in my 20s and got spoiled and that wasn't even 5-star! I remember going on vacation and feeling the hotel was never nearly as nice as the ones I stayed in when I traveled for work!

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  24. Now I want to head to the beach! New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge, and I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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  25. If I could choose, I would probably take a vacation where I could go see things.
    But I'm not really a vacationing type and have to be made to do it.

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  26. Ahhh vacation.....I sure need one !!! For a few years we were hitting Myrtle Beach,SC each year around the 4th. of July...what a blast that was. Not making it this year, but have a wedding in TN in August!!!

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  27. I love the beach. but I want to see the sights and I seldom get a vacation so I'm always on the go.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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  28. Looks like you had a great vacation!

    The best vacation I had was when my husband and I went to New Orleans for the World Horror Convention. Beautiful city!

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  29. Looked like you guys had a nice vacation! Of course you visited a great place to explore. I used to be a beach person as a teen and a young adult and then with the kids but haven't been to the beach in years; drive by it a lot though.

    We haven't vacationed in a few years for a variety of reasons; but if I was to do a vacation now, I'd like it really low key. Maybe the older I get the less adventurous I feel :)

    betty

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  30. I grew up right next to Hermosa Beach. My life's goal is to move back down that way. I love the forest. We go to Yosemite several times a year.

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  31. I kind of go in for relaxing but with some physical challenges, like like snorkeling or Scuba. Being in land-locked Colorado, I have fantasies of beach vacations. But I wouldn't write on vacation, just read a lot.

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  32. Ah, Hermosa Beach. I lived in Redondo Beach (right next door) for six months. Lovely spot.

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

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  33. Stephanie.

    Our perfect holiday or vacation involves a cottage right next to the beach. We don't like to spend a long time all at once on the sand. We prefer to come and go a few times a day. In between we like to read books on a shady verandah. I'm not really a beach person but I do love to see my children enjoying the sea and sand.

    I enjoyed looking at your photos!

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  34. I'd like to spend more time in California.

    I love to go to NYC for vacation. It never gets old.

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  35. Ah, vacation! My favorite indulgence.

    I prefer adventurous vacations where I'm seeing and experiencing something incredible: white-water rafting, microlight, hiking to the top of the pyramid at Coba, swimming with dolphins, etc.

    If it's exotic and somewhat death-defying, I'm there! I have no interest in bungee jumping, though.

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  36. I'm not sure what a perfect vacation for me is like. Not too many people (going to Paris in the middle of the summer was a mistake in that regard), but with interesting and beautiful things to see, whether from nature or a museum. That would keep me happy, I suppose. :)

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  37. Depends. I love exploring, but some vacations, I just need to curl up and read some good books and so on.

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  38. Some great pics there Stephie. I've never been a lover of sunshine holidays, but after serving in the first Gulf War '90 / '91, it sort of put me off sun and sand for life.
    I've lived in England since leaving the military but my favourite holiday is to visit my homeland, Scotland. Nothing feels better for me than wandering over the hills and mountain tracks, or through a forest.

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  39. Nice photos! :) I did visit L.A. in the late 70s and took the Universal Studios tour. That was fun! My idea of a great vacation (as you can probably tell from my A to Z posts) is exploring places of historical significance. The more ancient, the better.

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  40. Oh boy, I could sure use a nice quiet beach vacation!! :) Great indulgence!

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  41. Oh, I'm a die-hard beach person. I have a far fetched dream of being able to go to every beach on earth. Let's see how that one works :)

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  42. oooh, such a cute couple!

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