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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  • 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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