Back From Vacation

I’m baaaaaack!  For the last 10 days I’ve been on vacation and doing pretty much whatever I wanted – and that did not include writing blog posts.

Vacationing to a destination requires plans, timetables, shopping, packing, travel, cat sitter, thick wallets (or well-used credit cards), getting tired, and usually coming home the day before returning to work – with lots of dirty laundry.

I stayed home for mine, though, and it was perfect.  The days were cooler (except for those two pesky 88 degree days), nights perfect for sleeping with the windows open and a kitty snuggled next to me.  I slept until I woke up almost every day, rediscovering that I really am not meant to wake up at 5:30am if I want to start the day relaxed and calm.

Food went better because I didn’t go out to eat and I rediscovered that my body is happiest when I’m eating at 8 – 11 – 3 – 7 .  Needless to say, I don’t do that on normal days because the times don’t work when I’m in the office and cannot eat at my desk.   I like my food but I’m not particularly excited by it, nor am I anxious to plan and eat meals.  No wonder I’m kind of in a rut with my food, but it’s one of stability and simplicity rather than lack of creativity.

I’d scheduled several sessions this week with my trainer but only ended up making it to two of them, due to her illness and my wicked bad back mid-week.  I did walk every day, though – easier in the cooler weather – and enjoyed doing it mid-day instead of squishing around the edges of a long day at work.

I treated myself to a new flat screen TV.  It’s not mega-giant size but it’s perfect for my space.  One benefit of being off of work was being able to schedule “windows of availability” to have the TV delivered, cable guy come to set up said new TV for HD, and the Geek Squad come on general purposes to make sure everything was hooked up properly and I knew how to use it all now that it’s connected to a single remote.  I know, I’m technologically challenged when it comes to this stuff.

On the other hand, I spent Lab0r Day watching the A&E Hoarders marathon which was great motivation to clean some stuff out.  I got rid of 2 old recliners, a coat tree, clothes, a box of cookbooks, and a box of miscellaneous stuff.  Of course, I also hit some sales and got colder weather clothes since I have nothing to wear from last year.   Makes it easier to weed out stuff for the thrift store.

I also took naps, and treated myself to a 90 min. deep tissue massage and a spa pedicure, and a new set of soft fuzzy sheets.   There was much piddling around to do, resting and vegging out while reading trashy novels, and always a furry cat who needed petting and cuddles.

Vacationing at home:  priceless.

3 thoughts on “Back From Vacation

  1. denise

    I 2nd Jen’s comment – it sounds wonderful – heavenly, in fact. I’ve always wanted to do that, but feel too guilty to spend that kind of time on myself. Even when I go on a “real” vacation, which happens very infrequently, my mother makes me feel guilty for not having come home to visit family (a.k.a. her).

    Congratulations on allowing yourself to kick back and really enjoy your vacation.

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