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Lynda Loveland: Have turkey, will travel

Posted December 4, 2013

Lynda Loveland

I have an all new appreciation for traveling over the holidays. I don't mean going to a family member's house with a ton of people. Oh no, this is much better! What I'm talking about is taking the family and going to the beach or to the mountains or the country!

If you can borrow/barter/rent a house, I highly recommend it! It doesn't matter where you are, it just matters that you're not at your house. No one's on their home turf.

Here's why I like it: You focus on your family and not on work around your home.

Previous Thanksgivings, after feasting and cleaning, I would always find more to do. There were clothes that needed to be laundered, the random stuff that needed to be put away, the plants watered, the dogs taken care of, the linen closet that needed cleaned, the wall marks that needed erased and so on and so on.

I have a real problem with just sittin' and chillin' at home. But when I go somewhere, I got NOTHIN' to do! And I LIKE it!

We went to the beach last weekend. I admit it was kind of a pain to lug all the stuff down there but we tried to pre-make most dishes to make it easier. It was easily one of the best Thanksgivings I've ever had!

Aside from the basic chores, it was all R and R! It was the first time in quite awhile that I could really sit back and enjoy my family. Things have been really hectic and crazy lately and I felt like I'd been running on nothing more than fumes. That long weekend away recharged my batteries and put a huge smile on my heart.

I'm still feelin' the love ...

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's The Mix Morning Show. Find her here on Thursdays. Click here to see her Facebook page.


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  • ncmusicmom Dec 9, 2013

    We spent Thanksgiving this year in Myrtle Beach. I ordered a complete Thanksgiving dinner from my local Harris Teeter and took it down in a cooler. Just heated it up at the condo and it turned out great. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  • 123skipjack Dec 8, 2013

    Lynda...U can come by anytime, just leave your nerdy husband at home with the kids...Call me!

  • 123skipjack Dec 7, 2013

    this is my Screen Name...Please stick to the script. No more stupid questions.

  • snowl Dec 6, 2013

    "have turkey, will travel".....a.k.a......the turkey trot....!!!

  • 123skipjack Dec 5, 2013

    what a novel idea...

  • thecatsmeow67 Dec 5, 2013

    We are planning on being on being in Nashville, Tn for Christmas this year. My mom is dead 12 years now and my dad has dementia and doesn't always know me so my family and I decided what the heck.....

  • hillarypeake Dec 5, 2013

    bjhht does not know what she's talking about

  • mrsjanm Dec 5, 2013

    On one particular Thanksgiving, years ago, we took our children out to the mountains and stayed at a hotel with an indoor pool. We went out hiking, and exploring the area. The kids had a blast and it was such a refreshing break for us not having the usual cooking and cleaning up regiment. It was a wonderful memory that our kids still talk about.

  • this is my Screen Name Dec 5, 2013

    Lynda, now that Kelcey is leaving will you go back to your morning anchor job on WRAL tv?

  • bjhht Dec 5, 2013

    I agree Lynda, We normally go to the mountains for the weekend and escape all the Black Friday hype. We just enjoy each other, play games, walk around Blowing Rock where they light the town on Friday night. It is just magical. Then we go pick out our Christmas tree and come back to town.
    Such great memories and the people in the mountains are so generous with their time and make you feel so welcome.