vacations are wonderful

It’s mid-week and we finally had a small amount of rain. We need the rain terribly. I was happy to see it, even if it only lasted for a little while… Sorry I haven’t written lately, so much has happened over the last couple of weeks.

First of all, I had a vacation from work. Including weekends it was 10 days in all. I have never taken that much time at once. I used the time to sleep in, clean around the house, run errands, go whitewater rafting again, and simply relax. It was a terrific vacation even though I didn’t travel anywhere but I accomplished a lot which makes me feel really good.

Vacations are funny – I think we appreciate them more because we know the time is valuable. Since we work, the opportunity to take a few days (or ten) doesn’t come around too often. We look forward to them, cram them full of stuff to do, and then need a second vacation to recover from the original one.

As a kid, my family didn’t go on vacations very much so ours were always packed full of things to do and see. We were exhausted by the time we got back home. My father was a workaholic so it was difficult to plan a trip. But every few years my parents would pack us up and we would go on a four or five day trip to Myrtle Beach. We went to DisneyWorld a couple of times and also made a trip to Washington, DC when I was three years old (naturally, I don’t remember much about that one – really only seeing Dorothy’s red shoes from the Wizard of Oz and the Lincoln Memorial). But those were pretty much all the places we visited.

I love vacations though. Despite only having a few growing up, somehow I acquired a taste for travel. Having now been to Canada, six countries in Europe, Alaska, New York, Chicago, Miami, many Southeastern U.S. states, and a second trip to DC, I have only found that my list of places I want to visit keeps growing. Now if I could only figure out a way to make it my job to travel… then I’d be set.

But if I can’t have a job in travel, I really can’t think of a better one to have. I love my job. Many people can’t say that, but I do. I love the place I work, the responsibilities I have, and the people I work with. So when it came time for my vacation to end, despite a momentary feeling of annoyance at the thought of having to wake up early again, I found myself refreshed and ready to get back to work.

So I have now completed Day 2 back from vacation… I have weeded through mail, email, phone messages, paperwork, prepared for meetings, jumped back into projects and so I think I have finally caught back up. But having come back to a pile of work makes me feel that any attempt at continuing to go through my list of places to visit might need to wait a little.

The time off from work has shown me that no matter how much I love my job, I will always be thankful for a vacation and very glad that this upcoming weekend is a long one for Labor Day.

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