Last year I went on a solo vacation to a little beach cabin in the woods and I wrote a whole article about it. A couple of weeks ago, I went back. I think people wonder, how can you spend 3 whole days alone? I am at heart an introvert, so it’s very easy for me (and I’m a very social introvert so I spend a LOT of time in DC out and about, so a 3-day break like this for me is very good).
Well, I do a lot of things in those 3 days, all by myself. I try to treat it like a mini Catherine retreat. Yeah, I spend time doing all the self-righteous and healthy stuff. I meditated every day for at least 30 minutes; I wrote; I read books (All the Single Ladies and Shonda Rhimes Year of Yes); I worked out each day, whether it was yoga or online videos); and since we now live in a burning ring of fire that is getting closer and closer to imploding on our heads every day, I also suntanned in 80 degree weather and went in the ocean.
I did not leave the house once. Also there is no TV here and only spotty internet.
So to fill the space, I also did a bunch of stupid-ass things too that were dumb or pointless or were just to kill time. So that you don’t think I spend 3 days levitating in meditation and subsisting on green juice, I present to you a list of Rando Dumb Things Catherine Does When She Goes on Solo Vacation:
-Picked off all of an old gel manicure
-Panicked for 20 minutes while sitting on the screen porch while some animal in a thicket outside gnawed ferociously on something. I think maybe it was a possum?
-Made a two-person serving of Bisquick pancakes… and ate the whole thing
-Foam-rolled for an hour while listening to old episodes of “Another Round” podcast
-Fucked around on Twitter for entirely too long (the story of every day of my life)
-Drank an entire pot of increasingly cold and stale brewed coffee throughout the day
-Showered exactly once. Dirt’s good for you yeah?
-Recorded 2 different drafts of a new podcast I’m working on
-Did some work, probably a couple of hours a day. I like work, so no biggie
-Set up a trap for the fruit flies taking over the little kitchen and watched with glee as they all got stuck in the cup with plastic wrap over it.
-Went through 2 bottles of wine
-Got bored of wine one night, pawed through cabinet of airbnb (they said this was fine) and found some drambuie. Googled what exactly drambuie is. Proceeded to make disgusting but sort of satisfying drink out of drambuie and tonic water.
-Ate an entire slab of brie by myself, semi slowly, of the course of two days.
-Lay on the floor of the screen porch and stared up and listened to waves
-Wrote this, then napped