To Roam or To Nest?

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Steve and I sometimes worry that we spend too much of our free time getting out of town. We're always packing up the car for trips to Manhattan or hikes in the mountain or day trips to quaint villages in upstate New York. Maybe we should be better about staying in one place and like barbeque and stuff. But then Steve gets grouchy at the swim club and I'm antsy after being stuck here all week, so the duffel bags are packed, the GPS gets set, and off we go.

We're going to DC at the end of August. I'm looking forward to checking out the Air and Space Museum's exhibit, “Beyond: Visions of Our Solar System”. The New York Times said that the exhibit has "148 photographs of moons and planets show these brave new worlds as
extraordinary landscapes of mists, dunes, fissures and rocks." Perfect for restless roamers like us.

10 thoughts on “To Roam or To Nest?

  1. Welcome to the central conflict between my husband and me. I love to roam, but I also love to nest. I need equal amounts of both. He needs more roaming, less nesting. (My sisters, fwiw, tend to require more nesting and less roaming.)

  2. “Restless Roamers!” I guess that perfectly describes our family.
    I recently blogged how, after driving 2,210 miles, I felt sad to come back home. We’re always traveling on weekends too (and once in a while doing day trips on weekdays, such as when we went to DC for the day on my b-day). Good things the boys enjoy it too — they were brought up this way after all!

  3. I am currently in the middle of my absolutely perfect vacation! They are off roaming, while I stay home and nest.

  4. I just learned that you should be very careful when opening tonic water if you open it right after walking the bottle home from the store. Which is to say, “Why bother roaming when everything you need is near home?”

  5. I’m a nester by inclination, spouse more of a roamer. Kids tend to be roamers but have crashes afterwords, where they complain that they haven’t gotten any time to just rest.
    I am currently sitting in a house with no kids and, I believe, as close to having no dirty laundry in the house as I have ever been in my entire life. It’s not folded, but it’s at least all washed. The laundry basket containing the mysterious set of stuff that never ever got put away has all been put away. I have discovered that with her dressers full, my daughter still has 3 baskets of clean laundry (she is not going to be happy when I tell her that she has to take care of that when she gets home).
    I can’t say I’m content, because the piles and piles of cardboard boxes that someone has stacked in the utility room are still there. But, I feel partially nest-satisfied.

  6. I can’t say I’m content
    If you are chasing contentment, just remember that vodka from the bottle doesn’t look good when you have your inlaws over. You need to put it in a glass with tonic water, ice, and lime is something you can have when people are in the house. Then, you need to offer some to everybody.

  7. We have visions of roaming, but nest by default. For instance, I have a craving now to go to the air and space museum (thanks), but will we get in the car and go? Possible, but unlikely. Also, I’d love to camp, but it would require a lot of equipment we don’t have.
    I have visions of moving out to the country once the kids are gone. Mr. Geeky doesn’t want the hassle of selling the house, packing it and moving. Sigh.

  8. Laura, that’s so funny because I have visions of moving to the city once the kids are gone. I have little interest in suburbs or country!

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