am i done emptying yet?

[Middle English vacacioun, from Old French vacation, from Latin vacti, vactin-freedom from occupation, from vactus, past participle of vacreto be empty, at leisure; see eu- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Law) (Social Science / Education) Chiefly Brit a period of the year when the law courts or universities are closed
2. another word (esp US and Canadian) for holiday
3. the act of departing from or abandoning property, etc.


(intr) US and Canadian to take a vacation; holiday

[from Latin vacātiō freedom, from vacāre to be empty]

But then they also add this third definition:

vacation – Coming from Latin vacation/vacatio, from vacare, “to be free, empty; to be at leisure,” around 1395, this term entered Old English, meaning “rest and freedom from any activity.”


We didn’t do the vacation we’ve done the last few times. We did the visiting and enjoying the family thing, along with running and running and running. So I’m now in the process of recuperating from our vacation. You know, the unpacking, the laundry, the getting the house back in order…

We even wore out our son. But truthfully, he’s been having problems with his feet, so at least we got him to go into a great shoe store to get better arches and that seemed to help the next day, even if he was then nursing a cold or something.

At least he had taken the day off to spend with us, so that he could recuperate.

It’s more time than we have spent together, just the 3 of us, in I don’t think forever. So that was wonderful and hopefully not too costly for him.

For us it was priceless.

So should I work backwards? Yes. So Washington D.C. photos it will be. Right now I’ll start with just the standard kinds of tourist shots, you know, taking a moment to admire our country and its success. We take too much for granted in our lives.

Although I don’t really know why Albert Gallatin’s statue is in the front of the Treasury building.

Oh, now I know!

Abraham Alfonse Albert Gallatin (January 29, 1761 – August 12, 1849) was a Swiss-American ethnologist, linguist, politician, diplomat, congressman, and the longest-serving United States Secretary of the Treasury. In 1831, he founded the University of the City of New York. In 1896, this university was renamed New York University; it is now one of the largest private, non-profit universities in the United States.

Actually, this must be the back of the building, since there is a statue of Madison in the front. But boy, what a front!

I thought I should have named this “our tax dollars at work”, but I still have all the museum photos to post!

Well, at least I’ve done my laundry, but I still haven’t found my keys…


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