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December 1st, 2003

Recovering from vacation

Ten days vacation is almost too much.

I took five days off of work for a trip to Chicago and Iowa from the 19th to the 29th, and had a great time. I got to do a lot of things in Chicago and got to sleep in late in Iowa. But, even so, after about a week, I was definitely ready to head home. Antsiness set in and I could almost feel the e-mail piling up at home and at work (I was only checking one of my accounts and that wasn’t until late in the vacation). I think the optimal vacation length is somewhere between 5-7 days, not including travel time. This length is extended if the vacation days are spent at home rather than out-of-town.

Your thoughts?

Posted in Everyday Life

PainterWoman June 12, 2007, 7:56 pm

Jamie’s got a bunch of great advice, IMHO!
My family adopted a made up word from one of my kids’ best friends: Poozing. It means hanging out only doing what you want to do. In our case it usually includes lots of cold soft drinks, reading, old movies and casual conversations, with naps thrown in. NO PRESSURE. No requirement that if somebody gets a wild hare to go to the movies, or dig a trench or whatever, that anybody else join that person. But also no requirement that they NOT be joined in that activity. It is very autonomous yet cozy.

I am reconsidering what to do about email on vacation. I love net surfing and my own bloggy journaling…. but if I got run over by a truck tomorrow, the world would not even hiccup on its axis. And worrying about professional concerns is NOT part of R & R so far as I can tell.

Hope you’ve had a good vacation since you wrote this.

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