From the middle of July until the last weekend of October, I was working either one day or both days each weekend. I couldn’t wait until the first weekend in November when I could do absolutely nothing.
I went for a run, I read, I watched Netflix—I started watching Atypical—and finally got to watch Sunday afternoon football. It was nice.
This past weekend, I made it a four-day weekend. Since Monday was Veterans Day, it was a floating holiday for us at work, so I took the holiday, and I used a vacation day today. (I’m horrible at using my vacation time and will touch upon this later on.) I’m just excited about how my weekend was:
- Saturday: Went running (4.33 miles), read a bit, and went out to dinner with my parents.
- Sunday: Caught up on shows in my DVR, went for a walk with the dogs and my parents, watched the Giants/Jets game, and watched a lot of HGTV for some reason.
- Monday: Went running (4.21 miles) and then rolled myself into a blanket burrito and watched Atypical all afternoon.
- Tuesday: Had an appointment at 8:00 a.m. for blood work, went shopping with my mom at Marshall’s and Old Navy (it was a combination of Christmas shopping/my mom doing the “If you find something you like, I’ll put it away for Christmas” thing/me buying a bunch of running stuff at Old Navy), went out to lunch with my mom, changed my sheets (apparently sheets are made in different materials and I recently found out I can’t stand 100% polyester sheets), painted my nails, and started season three of Atypical. (PS: If you’re not watching Atypical right now GO WATCH IT. IT’S AMAZING.)
Although I did get a bunch of stuff done today, I’m glad I kind of had the last few days to do whatever. When it’s nice during the summer, I’d much rather be outside, but this time of year, I’m totally okay being inside, most because it’s where it’s warm.
I’ve always been really bad at using my vacation time, so I had to make an effort to disconnect the last two days. My email was on my phone—since it used to be my student email, it was on my phone circa 2012—but the last time I stayed home the end of October when I was sick, seeing the influx of emails coming in wasn’t good for my anxiety. So as of last week, my email is officially off my phone. And I feel better. I’m trying not to think about how many emails I’ll be welcomed with tomorrow morning, because that’s a tomorrow morning thing. I had an out of office message—or as I used to call it, in case of emergency—and I left my boss a few things to do while I was out. Because if I’m off on a vacation day, I want to be off. (Unless there’s like a really big emergency or something that I need to know about.)
This time of year is kind of great because during the week of Thanksgiving, we have Wednesday through Friday off, and around Christmas time, this year I’m off December 23rd to January 1st. For Thanksgiving week, I’m also taking the Monday and Tuesday off, and I think I’ll still have three-ish vacation days left to use in December before the end of the year.
For the first almost year of my current job, I had a pretty good work/life balance, but I got tripped up a few weeks ago and I’m trying to find a new-ish balance that works for me. I’m hoping I can figure it out by the end of the year and take advantage of my time off. Even if it is to just wrap myself in a blanket burrito.
How do you like to relax this time of year? How do you use your vacation time? Do you struggle like I do?