We spend 40 hours a week (some times more) working. It can seem there is little "down time" when we are busy devoting so much time to our jobs and we begin to feel as if we practically live at work.
So, vacation is a nice break from the routine. Some run for the hills; others might take a trip to an exotic location.
I enjoy staying home, relaxing and not worrying about deadlines. I try to sleep as much as I possibly can. Once a year, I also like to visit relatives.
So, I often look forward to vacation and next Friday I will probably dance a little jig as I turn off my computer and head for home.
This year my vacation plans weren't quite what I anticipated, however.
I generally like one week with the kids in school and no one around to complain about what I choose to watch on television. I like to have a week without demands on my time.
That week would have been scheduled in April or May, but it wasn't in the cards.
So, my first week of vacation will probably be filled with making sure the children aren't fighting and everyone makes it to the swim meets in one piece. Because my husband is like many other men and detests Lifetime, I won't be watching mind-numbing dramas or my favorite soaps.
I will still try to get as much sleep as I desire. I will break out the books while my husband listens to and watches political programs.
I might venture to the park with the youngin's and watch them play. I will most likely travel down to the pool to watch them practice.
It will be different from working and I intend to make the most of it. I love and enjoy my family, after all.
That time to myself...well, there are still 10 more days I can sometime this year use for that much needed break.
We all need time to unwind and recharge our batteries. Some of us just have to be creative to take time for ourselves...maybe I will run away for a week.
Nah! That would be too extreme.