Post-vacation adjustment

A Caribbean vacation is nice. A Caribbean vacation is wonderful. It’s full of sun, swimming, drinking, eating, exploring, learning, sun, warmth, clothes made with minimal fabric, umbrella bedecked drinks, sun, new music, new people, sun, sand, snorkles, bathing suits, sun and friends and family.

Unfortunately, I have some bad news about Caribbean vacations. I don’t want to be Debbie Downer and I don’t want to get all those planning for a Caribbean trip all worried. But, this is a serious matter and it is something we need to discuss openly in our society. In fact, I’m working on trying to get Sean Penn and Alyssa Milano together to do a PSA about this.

The fact is, one must return from a Caribbean vacation. And upon your return, you will be met with snow, wind, temperatures below freezing, scraping ice and snow from your car, tucking your pants into your boots, clothes made with meters of fabric, work, laundry, dishes, snow, vacuuming, dry skin, static, snow, gray skies, shorter days, snow, chapped lips, work, snow and more bone-chilling, teeth chattering cold.

When faced with such adversity, often known as backfromvacationitis, one such engage in serious coping mechanism. It is important to take this condition seriously. Ignoring backfromvacationitis may result in whining fits, shivering, muscle spasms and, in some severe cases, hermitism.

Coping mechanisms include, but are not limited to: hot chocolate, warm baths, reading in bed under no fewer than 4 blankets, drinking red wine (a standard dose is one bottle), exploring your scarf options, reveling in the more flattering, better coverage clothing options, hot tea, and cuddling.

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4 Responses to “Post-vacation adjustment”


  1. 1 ria February 4, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    what a temperature shock! i’m sure it will take a second to adjust!

  2. 2 LiLu February 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Little known fact: my Dr told me it’s generally AOK to double down on a “standard dose” of any medication.

    Go ahead and apply that here.

  3. 3 Michelle February 3, 2010 at 7:42 am

    I think your treatment plan may just have a more widespread application as well. Research has shown that these coping mechanisms may also be effective in cases of acute wedidntgettogotothecaribbeanitis. hope you respond well to your treatment. 😛

  4. 4 Erin February 2, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Coming back from vacation is always the worst part! I usually get minorly depressed when I return home from the sun (although last time I returned home from the sun I had a small case of post-traumatic stress, but that’s a different story).
    My solution? Come to Toronto and we can find a place to get cheap mani-pedis and massages. Yeah… that’ll make everything better!


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