I have done almost nothing over this 10-day recess break period, and this year especially it’s been a blessing I needed more than I knew. Having this break is a major perk of working in academia. Some years I fly to Texas to be with family, but honestly, I miss them for about 30 min on Christmas morning and the rest of the time I’m happy on my own without the stress of holidays and expectations.
I slept until I woke up most days until I finally feel rested and my eyes look less bruised from lack of sleep. My time was my own. I did limited shopping, got a pedicure, had my hair cut and colored, and took Tessie to the vet. I drove out to a consignment shop an hour away that I’ve wanted to go to for months, and did genealogy research for my 95-year-old neighbor. I bought furniture.
I went through drawers, boxes, closets and shelves to weed out what I don’t need/want to take to my new apartment, lugging bags and boxes to Goodwill – and even more bags to the dumpster or recycling bins.
But mostly I spent the time alone with Tessie and it was just what I needed. I enjoy being with people but it tires me out, especially in the chaotic bustle of the holiday season. I brought some work home but kept it in my bag without opening it – which made me really happy. More to do when I get back tomorrow, but emptying my head of work was necessary.
I hope I can remember all the codes I need to know tomorrow. But at least I will go in rested and ready to take it on.