You know a holiday is coming up and in excitement, you start "google-ing" for ideas for how to spend that precious day off. A few hours later, you still have no idea what you will be doing. There are so many things to do, so little money, it's too far, you know it'll be packed, and you will find yourself in major traffic. In frustration, you give up and find yourself doing nothing exciting on the actual holiday.
Well, I'm here to help you. I am the queen of indecisiveness! Thank God for my husband- a man in my life who can just pick for me. The problem is, sometimes he leaves it up to me to make the decision since he wants to please me and we find ourselves in a cycle of "you pick...no, you pick", and so we end up back at square one. So, I have made it my week's goal to choose place and do it. Make a choice. I know...this may seem really hard for many of you gals. "There's just too many choices out there!", you say, and I totally agree with you. That's what happens when we live in the U.S., in a large city. Move to the countryside; let's see what happens.
Anyway, I came up with a few ideas on what to do this Labor Day weekend without having to use that money you've been saving up for, for a real vacation! Maybe you are looking to do something BIG and if that's the case, don't look here. Sorry, this is for a much simpler, enjoyable day with or without friends. I advise you to stay away from your house, unless that is what you want or if people are coming over. Why do I say this? Because when we stay home, time ends up flying by and at then end, we did nothing. So my advice is, GET OUT!
1- Have a good. old-fashion BBQ.
Yep, it's that easy. Just call some friends or fam over, tell them to bring some side dishes, some meat, whatever you crave, and just make it an entire day of chillin' out. If you don't have yourself a grill, get a $20 dollar one...or tell someone to bring one. If your place is as small as ours, you can have someone volunteer their place (a plus if they have a pool) or head out to a park that's not too crowded. Play some music, have some sangria, and afterward, in the evening, maybe walk somewhere nearby for dessert...or carpool to somewhere fun to continue the fun. I think that the earlier you start, the better. This way, it'll seem like the day was really long and you'll get some sleep earlier.
|In Paris, but you can pretend!|
2- If you want to spend time with your honey or a buddy, how about getting to know your neighborhood or city a little better. You know that there are those places you always wondered about, like that cute little restaurant not too far from your place. Ride your bikes or walk to a nearby cafe. Maybe even take the metro to some place like a museum, a cool little town, an outdoor mall, an arboretum, etc, and spend the day there walking around. Pretend you are on a trip in another city, just leave your fanny pack behind, please! Take your camera and discover your 'hood! Go on the internet and find some of those local places that you can visit that perhaps you never had the time to go to or even knew existed and make an itinerary. You can even sit down together and plan it!
|My Photo: Check out the local Farmer's Market!|
|Photo by me: Huntington Library|
3- There is always free stuff happening in the summer, especially during the holidays and on weekends. There are free concerts, festivals, fairs, and many other things happening around town just a google away!
|source: Apartment Therapy|
|My best friend and I drivin' down PCH!|
5- There's always a day road trip! Grab some snacks, pack them in your cooler, get some cool tunes, and drive away! (For those that live in Southern Cali, I found these ideas for you in the Sunset Magazine site.) Drive by the beaches by taking PCH if in Southern Cali, and if not, drive through those scenic routes! That's what they are there for!!! Make sure to make stops here and there, and at least stop for one meal! My hubby and I do this once in a while and we allow ourselves to eat pretty badly on these trips. We begin by going to the local donut joint, grab a coffee and some horribly-bad-for-you pastry or donut and begin our journey. Plan it loosely and be adventurous. Take a picnic basket and stop somewhere to enjoy each other's company! So grab a friend of your significant other, fill up your tanks, take a bag for the trash, and off you go!
|My photo of The Alcove Cafe & Bakery|