Chaffetz goes skiing, Hoekstra recovers, and McCaskill takes a girls' weekend; Lawmakers busy over Easter recess

The Easter recess seems to have most lawmakers excited to escape the Beltway, even if only briefly -- and a handful of them took to Twitter this weekend to share their plans.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) tweeted on Sunday that he had already taken to the local slopes:

Skiing at Alta yesterday was a good way to re-charge the batteries. Went with my 9-year old daughter. So fun

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tx.) also took a break from his steady stream of posts about the economy to remark how nice it was to be back home in Austin:

Spectacular day in Austin; nice to escape the Beltway http://bit.ly/dwRupo

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Tx) -- who made headlines last week for shouting "baby killer!" during the healthcare vote -- seemed just as excited to get back to his home state:

Looking forward to heading back to Texas this weekend. It will be good to be back in West Texas

Between her prolific NCAA March Madness updates, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) tweeted her plans to devote much of her free time to her family (her two daughters Maddie Esposito and Lily Esposito, are shown here):

These are my wonderful daughters. I'm stealing a weekend just for the three of us. The best. http://tweetphoto.com/15951208

But she quickly informed a constituent her recess was hardly a vacation: "No vacation, working in Missouri next two weeks."

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), meanwhile, returned to Arizona to celebrate his state's Navy Week:

Nice to be back at the Arizona Military Museum to celebrate Navy Week in Phoenix! http://yfrog.com/83unntj

However, not every lawmaker seemed to be enjoying the opening days of their Easter recess.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) tweeted on Sunday that he had just recently come out of surgery:

Had carotid artery surgery yesterday. Doing fine. Heading home today. Muskegon Mercy a great choice. Back full speed soon. See you soon.

And Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) arrived home considerably later than anticipated:

after great aunt's funeral in White Plains, stuck at Laguardia flight delayed to CO, wont get home till 230am!

(Cross posted from the Twitter Room)

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