Day 948: Back, in all senses of the word

Back at work today, back from a week of vacation — which, when I look at the full week, was four days spent in various forms of transit and three not, so that may explain why I don’t feel particularly vacationed.

I do feel recharged in some ways, though; ready to start logging food and exercise again, ready to get back to the office and bash away at work, etc. I’m’a do a short meditation thing right now, and pre-log food for the day to get that sorted.

Day 946: Off again!

Final leg of Big Visit 2019: going to my folks’ place in Port Perry, then off to Toronto to drop my mother-in-law off at the airport. It’s been lovely having her! It’s hard to express, though, how “hosting” is different than “vacationing” in terms of actually having time off… even with the most delightful houseguest, there’s still the ambient pressure of having to make sure somebody is tended to.

Pre-record for tomorrow, and then it’s back to routine — I actually miss work, as weird as that sounds.

Day 943: Recovered!

Man, that took a lot out of me. Age, I guess! Driving has never been a fave but the chaos and fiddlin’ of the last couple of days took a toll. Exercise has been off, but food has been ooookay, so if I’m mindful today/tomorrow I’ll be back on an even keel.

I’ve got my “vacation to-do list”, and I’m off to do some runaround stuff and chores this morning, while my wife takes her mom on a tour of the city. Actually looking forward to getting a couple of items ticked off, and having a productive non-work day to free myself up mentally for good times this weekend!

Day 815: I’m Tired Of Talking About Vacations

Back to work today, and frankly I feel like every time I go on vacation the same things happen and I’m bored with myself about these things.

But that’s the big thing for me today — back to work! A week of avoiding email entirely (well, checking super critical things but not replying), so I dread what’s awaiting me, a bit… but the time off was refreshing. I’m stressed about getting back, but I feel like I’m back on an even keel about coping and back on top of being more aggressive with my time and project management.

We’ll see!

Day 813: Last Day of Vacation!

It’s been a good one! Not the best as far as exercise and food go, but great for relaxation. I know I’m’a take a hit on the scales tomorrow, but I feel refreshed, which is great, and ready to… keep that refreshed feeling? Is that weird? That sounds weird.

The return to normal tomorrow also marks a return to running, as winter is now officially over and the streets are free of ice. I’ve been legit excited about this for a couple of months; two years ago was a great running year, last year less so, but I have a good feeling about 2019.

Being on vacation was also a revelation in terms of Newly Sober Wife. This is, again, something I constantly dread that I’ve imposed on her despite probably a thousand reassurances by now that it isn’t. But the feeling of dread when somebody is drinking and you’re not, and you’re not sure where it’s gonna go or if you’re along for the ride — or the booze hostage effect — having those things removed is amazingly liberating. It’s been a joy.

Day 812: Jerk 1, Bear 0

No bears sighted, let alone having eaten me, on the trip to the Undisclosed Cabin Location. I’m back, and feeling good. Rested and restored; I’ve read Robertson Davies’ Deptford Trilogy for the first time since high school, which to large measure means I’ve read it for the first time. It’s really good!

Three days of basically reading and playing games in a cabin in the woods. Very restorative and we’re super happy we did it. Good to be back too, though.

Now the game is to keep that good restored energy and do something positive with it.

Day 810: Electronics-Free

Day Two of vacation pre-records, meaning Day Three of vacation and being completely free of cellular, wifi, etc. etc. I’m stoked about this, as I pre-record it, and look forward to a good redux of our electronics-free experience in November of 2018.

It feels almost artificial to draw this stark a division between connected and disconnected — a bit dramatic — but I don’t do things halfway. When I have a phone and an Internet connection, I am online. So complete unplugging is the best way for me to unplug.