Pack in that relaxation!

There are down sides and up sides to age and experience. I can now chop an onion with a finesse my 22 year old self would never have dreamed of. I seem to grow extra arms as needed. I know how long the wash cycle on my washing machine takes, and I can get myself to nearly any destination not requiring a visa without being nervous about it. I am, in short, a Woman of Experience.

I have this week off. I am between. I am liminal. I have left Old Job and not yet started New Job. I have been EXPLICITLY INSTRUCTED by my new employer to relax and come in rested and refreshed. But this is a once every few years opportunity! Home, alone, without children, not terribly fiscally constrained and without obligation. This, my friends, is the holy grail. And I KNOW that it will go super duper fast and I will only accomplish a small percentage of what I intend in that time.

So here’s the potential list: (bold means already done or in the works)

  • Crazy complicated dinner (prime rib!)
  • Video game (Fable II for XBox)
  • Clean attic thoroughly and get rid of archaic equipment (see also: desktop computer)
  • Buy new computer
  • Centralize entire digital life on new computer
  • Transfer finances to new digital checkbook
  • Do all the regular chores so my husband gets a bit of a break too
  • Read several novels
  • Install a DROID development environment
  • Write a DROID application
  • Blog like I always think I would blog if time wasn’t a problem
  • Sleep in as much as possible
  • Read the APIs my new company publishes for the app I’ll be supporting
  • Watch all the football
  • Do everything in my email inbox so I can close the email
  • Practice trumpet
  • Stamp cards
  • Learn how to use my new phone and totally customize it
  • Recycle the old computers, having ensured all valuable information has been removed.
  • Have tea with a friend
  • Go out to lunches with my former colleagues (this was my original plan, but now I’m feeling so forward-looking I have mixed feelings on it)
  • Finish up my knee physical therapy (partially there!)
  • Goof off in all the amazing free time.

    Anyone see a problem with this list? Yeah, that darned experience tells me what it tells you. There’s no way I’m going to get through that list. I get so sick and tired of prioritizing, optimizing and being efficient. I come to loathe the down to the minute scheduling and night after night of making good decisions because I know better. This week, at least, that is relaxed and reduced. I’ve actually made some excellent progress.

    The key this week, I think, is balance. I need to make sure I neither work the whole time or goof off the whole time. A mixture of accomplishment, long term investment and leisure is the order of the day. I think I’ve done well so far.

    Last week I read several novels, working my way through the canon of Sherwood Smith, so far with “Crown Duel”, “The Trouble With Kings”, “Coronets and Steel” and “Blood Spirits” — thank you Kindle for making it so easy! I have played several hours of Fable II. I have gotten my DROID environment working, read half of a DROID apps book, read the first few chapters in a JAVA 2 book and consolidated all our CDs. I also cleaned out the closet in the attic and have my crazy fancy dinner planned. I bought myself my new central laptop, and am currently in the process of downloading a lifetime of pictures to it, as I simultaneously upload ancient pictures from my old desktop. I have had my final knee dr. appointment and been dismissed. I have three PT appointments scheduled. I found a new chiropractor. The dishes have been done, I’ve been careful not to spend too much time cooking (which is what usually happens when I have free time), and I’m watching Dr. Who while I fold laundry.

    So far, not bad. Here’s hoping I finish equally strong, and that I’m completely energetic and ready to go back to work in my new place on Monday!

    One final note… I am so a teenager. So I’ve been really careful not to get into the “staying up until 2 am reading” trap that I so easily fall into. My natural schedule is bed at 2 am and waking up around 11. I figured if I was careful with the going to bed, the waking up would come easily. But instead, I’ve had several nights where I’ve gotten 11 to 12 hours sleep. I mean, my sleep debt can’t be THAT bad, and I just had a week off for Christmas where I also caught up. I’m left to conclude that I naturally am quite happy sleeping half the time. And it’s not depression – I’m quite cheerful. I just like bed. This explains a lot.

    Not so bad.

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    bflynn

    Brenda currently lives in Stoneham MA, but grew up in Mineral WA. She is surrounded by men, with two sons, one husband and two boy cats. She plays trumpet at church, cans farmshare produce and works in software.

    2 thoughts on “Pack in that relaxation!”

    1. How many months are you going to be off?

      Please note, I also have the day off. My list is shorter, but no less daunting. Would you care to come and shovel show for me. 11″ new, 17″ accumulation — and the big storm is due tonight. Don says we topped the CoCoRah state list for new snow.

      Enjoy, energize,

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    2. I would encourage the stamping of cards. It’s something you mention with some frequency as 1) something you enjoy immensely and 2) something you can’t do with rugrats around.

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