Post Vacation Scramble

Getting back into the swing of things this past week has been somewhat of a challenge. I took an extra day off work to reset myself back to the real world. Having the extra day was incredibly useful and sanity- saving. Besides running errands, I took some time to relax, hit the gym, and breathe a little bit between play and work. Even with the extra day, though, going back to work was rough. And it wasn’t that things weren’t handled while I was gone. I was happy to see that they were. But getting back into the 8 to 5 mindset can be difficult.
It probably didn’t help that I jumped head first back into life, not only getting back to my routine, but also handling several things from my to-do list. I got a haircut and in the heat of the moment decided to go with bangs, something I haven’t had in ten years. I handled things with our cell phones, and I jumped into my first Coursera class, which took up more time than I expected. I like it though. It’s fun and it’s making me schedule things and giving me more time management practice.
That doesn’t seem like a lot, but trying to balance it in the midst of a forty hour work week, tweaking budgets for future travel, and supporting J during some crunchy school times, it feels somewhat overwhelming. And sadly, I’ve had very little social time this week, outside of work (where I haven’t been real social either). As for my day job work load, I’m not yet feelign organized and caught up, even though I’ve evaluated what I’ve gotten done and I know I should feel good about it.
And let’s not forget the small things that are lurking in the background, waiting to be done and finished: my mom’s shawl and other requested knitting projects; the four books I’m currently reading that want to be finished; the craft projects that have been calling to me; stories that want to be written; a car that needs to be cleaned out; and the fact that I need to put in some gaming time with my friends and husband. Well, I suppose I don’t need to…but it’s good for my mental health.
Part of me thinks though that for as stressful as it feels, it’s probably the best way to do it…jump right in. It’s a feeling I have to get used to. With two, maybe three more big vacations this year and several long weekend trips, maybe I should consider this practice.

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