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The Merits of Vacation Time

For the past six days, Bob and I have been on vacation – a vacation at home. Originally we’d talked about going off to a bed and breakfast somewhere, and had even begun planning it. Then I panicked. Mostly about the money, but also partly about leaving the cats, keeping occupied, being away from home – just all kinds of variations on "do I really want to do this?" So we decided to vacation at home – sleep in, go out for dinner, no projects. IF we could manage to do it.

We managed.

Wednesday I had an imminent case of laryngitis, to the point where I stopped talking and sucked down record quantities of lemon zinger tea. Thursday I admitted that I had a cold, loaded up on Robitussen, and went to my parents for Thanksgiving. At this point in the procedure I was actually very relieved that we hadn’t made plans to go away, because I would have been horribly disappointed about being sick, instead of just resigned. It turned out to be a fairly minor chest cold that had mostly run its course by the end of Saturday. Over the course of six days we went out and got a Christmas tree and put lights on it; roamed a mall; hit a couple of furniture stores to browse for a new sofa; did a little reading; and watched some television. Mostly we slept late and sat on the couch. We either ate out or got take out – no cooking. How wonderful. I now realize why people take real vacations – the world looks a whole lot better when you let yourself slow down for a while, which is something that I’m just not very good at. The fact that we were both able to just stop for almost an entire week tells me how badly we needed it.

We’ve agreed to do it again next year.

Things I learned doing nothing:

*Cats love stationary humans. This isn’t a new discovery, but a re-iteration.
*Daytime television is a vast wasteland. When the weather channel is the best thing on...
*Tragically, it is MUCH easier to watch Doctor Who if you turn on the subtitles on the DVD. When Billie Piper gets going she’s so British that she’s almost incapacitated, and David Tennant in the extra features is so Scots that he sounds like he’s got a mouth full of marbles. MUCH better with subtitles.
*When I’m so tired that I don’t even have the energy to read, it’s past time to take a break.

But now it’s back to normal, and I have *859* invoices to process at work. Geez – you take two lousy days off...



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Nov. 28th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Re: 859???
I have NO idea what happened. I cracked open Serengeti to help one of our NYC attorneys log in, and there they were. I've never seen anything like it. I spent today clearing everything else, and tomorrow morning I'll dive in and see if I can figure out what the heck is going on. I know that a lot of the law firms tend to stockpile invoices for months, but this is ridiculous!
Nov. 28th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
See, I work at home so my vacations are all about frenetic escapism...but I can totally understand how relaxing your week at home was. :-) It sounds like you had a great time.

I know all about daytime television though. I will NOT watch soap operas. They hurt my brain. It's CNN or the Weather Channel (yes, I watch the Weather Channel by choice & not default), sometimes the History Channel.

I-Con information has been sent! I should have it any day now. Lobsters of Long Island, watch out (I'm coming for YOU & I won't wear the stupid plastic bib so you'll never hear me sneaking up...)
Nov. 28th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
It was rejeuvenating to the point that even after slogging through both the physical and electronic in boxes, I still have the post vacation glow.

I'm a Weather Channel junkie too. I like the History Channel when they're not doing all-Hitler-all-the-time.

Lobster-rama II, here we come! Keep me in the loop, and I'll start reserving hotels and memberships and stuff. Taking the ferry again?
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Have you had any problems with Gwen on Torchwood?

I haven't heard the commentaries on the Dr Who DVDs (what with not having them and all), but at least on the show, I've never had any problem following Billie. I'll have to get the DVDs so I can see how I make out following David on the extras. It's possible that after years of having to deal with Dublin and Belfast accents and watching just the Beeb and ITV virtually anything from the British Isles is easy.
Nov. 29th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Never seen Torchwood - which network carries it? If it's BBC America, we don't get it.

I can't understand a single word Billie says when she really gets going. By the same token, I also couldn't understand a word that the guy at the car rental place in Dublin said to me either. Remember, my family is from Connecticut, upstate New York, and Minnesota, and the area where I was born is deemed to be "accentless" by the linguists. I have horrible difficulties with any accent.

The subtitles are VERY helpful for me.

One of the funniest things I've ever seen - the first Nascar Winston Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway - a woman with a thick Boston accent trying to talk to a vendor with a thick Georgia accent. Neither of them could make out a word the other was saying, to their mutual frustration.
Nov. 30th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
Torchwood is BBCA, but if you can find the DVDs I recommend it highly.

I still remember a blooper/outtake show many years ago from Britain showing a poor Yank journalist attempting to interview a Scottish fisherman on the North Sea oil drilling. As the announcer put it, the poor guy expected to be talking to someone who spoke English with a trace of accent, and instead found himself dealing with someone who spoke accent with a trace of English. I think the fisherman actually was speaking Scots rather than English. Either way, very few viewers, even those from the British Isles, had a clue what that young man was saying.

Or my mother, who was told (while driving once in England) to take the turn for New Munsley. Which turned out to be No Man's Heath.

A Dublin accent is almost worse than a Belfast or Scots, and not as pretty.

Dec. 6th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
BBM Yule....
Hey Eloise...

When your cold started, was it the kind of cold that began with a burning, dry throat, followed by sinuses going wide open, followed by more soreness, hoarse, and nose eventually leaking like a seive?
Dec. 6th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: BBM Yule....
Hmm. Started with a really, really DRY throat, and the sensation that I was about to lose my voice at any moment(Wednesday.) Then the sinuses started to run - I never really got stuffed up, but they ran uncontrollably like someone had turned on a faucet (Thursday evening through Saturday.) After that I had an intermittant but productive cough (Sunday for about a week.) Followed by a (currently) deep, hacking, unproductive cough that won't go away (last Monday to present.) It never really knocked me down, but it was a drag and the cough won't let go.

Sound familiar?
Dec. 7th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Re: BBM Yule....

Woke up the Sunday after Yule with my throat on fire, and dry like I had been sleeping with my mouth open all night. Made sure I drank plenty of tea on Sunday, by Monday it was like all moisture in my throat was gone. Got plenty of OJ from the cafe next door this week, and went lax on taking care of this until after a scroll was finished on Tuesday (strange priorities, I tell you...). Took NyQuil Tuesday night, barely made it out of bed yesterday morning, got to work, was asleep on my feet and felt like there was no energy left in me in general. Straightened up by mid-day, got warmish around the end of the day, realized I should have stayed home from work.... The voice has not gone yet, but I've had moments where it's cut out.

Still working on OJ, apple cider, and tea - sushi with wasabi last night, to help the sinuses along.

Coworker sprayed our phone with Lysol yesterday, too - I picked it up to answer a call, and got my ear wet. :)

Not a killer cold, but as you said, a nuisance. I've already shared the early Christmas gift with Ryan, who works from home and can't pass it on to anyone else.
Dec. 7th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Re: BBM Yule....
Mmm. I don't think I gave it to you, because I'm pretty sure that I wasn't contagious past the Tuesday before last, but it does sound like the same bug. My sympathies.

I was drinking lemon zinger tea with excessive amounts of honey for the throat/voice. I figured that much black tea would have me bouncing off the walls, and I wanted the honey for my throat. Honey in cocoa - yuck. Robitussin Severe Cold formula did a good job of keeping me functional. I'm actually about to go back for something that is only a cough suppressant because the dry hack is annoying the daylights out of me (and probably my co-workers too.)
Dec. 7th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: BBM Yule....
Entirely possible that my boss gave it to me, since these things usually take a couple of days for it to show up in my system. Which makes sense, really - we use his phone all the time when he calls in to have us read his emails from the road (refuses to get a blackberry, figures the hands-free phone, calling us in, and scribbling notes while driving is safer... pfft...). Plenty of surfaces to pass simple colds on to....

Oddly enough, I am reminded of a year ago April, when I started my first day at Pfizer for a temp assignment - and got sick with a chest cold on my first day.

Feel better soon. I think a hot cup of tea would be good right about now...
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