Last weekend of break

This was a good, relaxing break.  I think two weeks is the right amount of time for a vacation.  It takes me about 4 or 5 days to settle down and to stop getting up at 6.  With just a week, you end up with just a day or two to really relax.  With two weeks, you’ve got a whole week to sit back and enjoy time with family and friends.

I have checked in on work email a couple of times, but luckily, there’s been nothing I’ve needed to deal with.  I did put off the grading I wanted to do, and now my plan is to get through it this weekend.  Honestly, it’s a good way to ramp up to the work week.  In a semi-leisurely way, I’ll do some grading and planning, with plenty of break time built in.  I’m toying with the idea of taking a no-screen day today or tomorrow to motivate myself to do some reading.  We’ll see.

My goals are going well so far, though next week will be the real test.  I’ve walked every day, and I’ve aimed for 5,000 steps a day (half of what I will start aiming for next week).  Since I’ve been starting my day fairly late, and haven’t had much to do, I decided not to push the 10,000 steps for now.  I will get there.

The cleaning using UfYH app has gone quite well.  But I’m realizing it’s going to take a long time to get where I want to be.  I’ll be surprised if I make it by summer, and it will likely take until this time next year.  What I’ve been doing is a random 5 minute and 10 minute challenge, followed by 20 minute sessions on the room I started my main cleaning work in.  Yesterday, I did three sessions just to get through one small area. I think I won’t finish the room until the end of the week.

It’s amazing how much stuff one accumulates over a lifetime.  We’ve been in this house for 10 years and we’ve been together for over 20.   We used to be better about purging stuff.  Mr. Geeky is sentimental for all kinds of things, which makes it hard to get rid of stuff.  But it makes me sad when I see some of the stuff he cares about not get treated well because it’s in a pile somewhere.  I’m going to try to fix that somehow.

The kids are off on their own adventures this weekend.  Geeky Girl is hanging with friends, and Geeky Boy went off to New York.  I had thought I might get to spend some time with them before break ended, but it looks like that’s not going to happen.  Ah, living with teenagers.

So I’m looking forward to a final 48 hours without major responsibilities.  I hope that gets me off to a productive start on Monday.

2 Replies to “Last weekend of break”

  1. I practically could have written the same blog post! It’s been a lovely, leisurely break, and now I’m spending the weekend grading and getting myself back into the school swing of things. Fortunately, Monday is a faculty day — meetings, a speaker, etc. — before the students come back on Tuesday, which really does help with getting back into the right mindset.

    Here’s to both of us for walking and cleaning in the new year!

  2. Two weeks was really good for me, especially as I wrapped up my marking and grades before Christmas. I got to spend lots of time with Eldest, back in town for her own break, and the entire family, including my in-laws who visited for four days.

    I’m a fan of the UFyH website but haven’t tried the app. You’re tempting me, though!

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