I’ve been writing this post in my head since Saturday morning, but I thought I’d chill and really enjoy the weekend by not doing anything. And I loved it! Although Columbus Day is really just a banking and school holiday (which means we labor on!), I decided to give myself a long weekend and took the day off Monday.
Monday and almost noon saw me still on morning mode. I actually got to sleep in — and then I remembered I forgot to turn my “out of office” on. It’s not really a work holiday for us but it is for my big guy so I thought I’d just enjoy the day off. Turns out he has plans with his Dad but I’m not complaining. I get to be here when he wakes up. He actually woke up before I did!
Work is light this week but I didn’t want to push it. I have the days in my vacation bank and I really need to use up the ones that will not carry over. Why do I need a reason for a day off? Resting and recharging is enough reason. I’m all for taking a break, more so after having quite a challenging week.
I didn’t make any specific plans. At first I wanted to take a day trip this Saturday but decided I’d do that another weekend. I wanted to not have to stress about anything. And there were shows to watch and things to do at home. (Like bedding that needs washing.. 4 comforters washed, thank you!)
I wanted to take a walk in the sunset but then the couch and the comfort of a warm and cozy perch was too good to give up. My feet refused to carry me out the door. The scented candles had me all hypnotized and set.
It was a productive weekend, and I got to rework and semi-finish two triangle scarves I’ve been crocheting. (I will write about that more in the craft blog.)
I went to the office on Tuesday with less of a “wish it was the weekend still kind of feeling”. With only so many weeks left to the year and knowing that some of my vacation days will not carry over, I think I will plot my next few long weekends just to make sure I get the most of my “me” time. I find that I need more “relax and recharge days” at this age — and it’s not just the physical — sometimes I just need a mental break.
I even allowed myself the luxury of whole wheat bread toast slathered with butter and mango calamansi (calamondin) jam.. for breakfast.. and then lunch.. and whenever. I let the diet go and went on vacation mode, only to switch back when the work week began. And that felt good.. pounds gained notwithstanding.
I have always said that we must be forgiving of ourselves first, so yes, I gave “me” a pass. Can’t wait for the next long weekend by design.. hopefully soon.