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October 18th, 2004

R & R

Now that I’m in a pretty busy time at work, my weekends are becoming increasingly valuable for a little rest and relaxation. But I often find that two days isn’t enough (something we’ve discussed here a few times before…) and I go into Monday feeling not-too-relaxed. That’s why I’m asking you, the Pingers, to share your ideas for rest and relaxation.

No knitting, please.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday October 18, 2004 -- 9:35:27 am
I can't rest at home. Too much to do, yard work, kid stuff, home improvement projects, whatever. The only way I truely relax is to get away from home - the beach or mountains, whatever.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday October 18, 2004 -- 10:09:41 am
Believe it or not, I find vigorous regular exercise to be the ticket to R&R. I jog or bike almost every morning, and do a little extra on the weekends since I have a little more time. Sitting around the house or doing chores and drudgery helps nothing but aggravate sore muscles and back pain.

I switch between jogging and bike riding--only a half hour at a time generally every other day. On the weekends I will try to do it for an hour on both days. It helps to clear my head, reduce stress and anxiety. I'm not so jumpy or irritable, and I look and feel better too.

The key is vigorous exercise. Don't be like the many overweight middle aged women I pass while I jog every morning who wear full workout gear but walk slowly enough not to spill the Dunkin Donuts Coolatta they brought with them to the jogging path. That's not going to cut it.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday October 18, 2004 -- 11:32:06 am
The key to a relaxing weekend is to allow yourself to be lazy. Our weekends for the last month and the upcoming two months are quite busy. This weekend was one where neither of us had any major plans and we ended up just lounging on the couch, taking a short nap here and there, and occasionally doing some light housework and cooking. Then, on Sunday, we went for a hike. By the end of the weekend we felt relaxed and though we could have used another two days off, we were ready enough to start the week.

Those weekends where our time is jam packed or where we feel rushed to get things done are the ones that end up feeling pointless. It's hard not to feel tired at the start of the workweek like that.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday October 18, 2004 -- 5:28:48 pm
Tranq yourself silly and sleep away Sunday. That'll work.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday October 23, 2004 -- 10:37:03 am
Take a cruise. Just got back from one today, and I feel relaxed.

Plus, I missed "Return of the Seavers". My mind is completely at ease.

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