This week, Froggie picked the topic: What is something you have a tendency to romanticize?
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Mom of Many
With our power failure last week, we couldn't stay in our house. It was too insanely hot and there was nothing for the kids to do. In lieu of all this, we decided to check into a hotel. As soon as we got into the room, we felt a nice blast of air conditioning and that alone made the decision worth it. Oh, and there was a pool too! It was like a vacation, even though it was only a few towns away and even though we were sharing a room with three kids who wanted to pull an "all-nighter." Still, the pillows were fluffy, the towels were warm and they had those little shampoo, conditioner and lotion bottles. Cable TV too! (We did away with our cable a few months ago, so going someplace with cable is an extra bonus for the kids who need their Nickelodeon and Disney channel fix.) And they smell so clean, like special hotel air is being pumped through.
When I was younger, my family and I would go on mini-getaways. We'd stay at local hotels, enjoy the use of their indoor pool, partake in their happy hour and then go for dinner nearby. When I was in high school, we'd spend weekends downtown and stay at hotels during those times, as well. It was a fun and relatively inexpensive getaway. When I was in my mid-20's, my BFF connected me with one of her friends who worked at a hotel. I'd sometimes go out to that hotel to use the pool and hot tub after hours. He even let me throw a Halloween party there and keep the room overnight. When my family and I came to Chicago for a visit last year, my parents put us up at a hotel because there wasn't room for the five of us in their house and it would be better to keep my older son away from the cats as much as possible. The room we got was relatively spacious and included a sofa bed. They had a nice pool and a breakfast buffet every morning.
I guess what I'm getting at here is that I tend to romanticize hotel stays. I've stayed at many a hotel during my life. I really liked the gorgeous ones with the super comfortable beds and spa robes for after showers. I stayed at one of those after my cousin's Bar Mitzvah party. The hotels in Vegas were also really nice and each one had a casino inside. There's just something to be said for staying in a hotel. When I read novels, like "I Heart New York" by Lindsey Kelk or "Monarch Beach" by Anita Hughes, where girls get to stay in hotel rooms and be treated to all the amenities, I fantasize about how awesome that would be. The more luxurious the hotel, the better. Think of the hotel suite in Pretty Woman. Yeah, it's like that.
The last hotel we stayed at was a Hyatt. It was just for a night, but the room was beautiful and the beds were ridiculously comfortable. We didn't want to get up. We went to the pool before we had to check out and the water was so warm in comparison to the pool we went to at the other hotel. The only thing that was missing was a continental breakfast buffet, but I guess we can't have it all. It was nice enough to be out of the hot, power-devoid house and get a good night's sleep. The hotel looked so glamorous and I felt so out of place carrying a sleeping four year-old and covered in sweat from digging around our hot, dark house for clothes to bring with. I wouldn't mind a nicer reason to stay there (or any other really nice hotel) in the future, and thanks to Priceline, the cost will make more sense!
Our room from our most recent hotel stay