alfreda89: (Blankenship Reeds)
In our world today, especially if you live in the United States, it's easy to be so caught up in the proverbial Rat Race that you forget to take a break. I don't mean kicking back of an evening, melted in front of the TV, or prowling the Internet reading posts from friends and the latest news brouhaha. I don't mean a Stay-cation, where you alternate not going to work with hitting a movie theater, getting a massage, or cleaning out your garage. I don't even mean planning a six nights, seven days cruise that hits eight islands and offers five meals a day.

I mean a real break--one where you try hard to avoid smart phones, computers, and televisions. Where you lay around like a slug and don't think about doing any kind of work for at least half the time blocked out in your calendar. You try and schedule all Internet work in advance, you turn off the phone, you have no cable or satellite...and you rest. I'll let you hit town once to check email, but it's a two hour limit at the library, and you should respect it. Absolutely no driving hours every day from one place to the next, unless driving is the most relaxing thing you have ever done.

Because your body needs to recharge. It has limits.
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alfreda89: (Winter)
I have returned from Arizona. I survived the flight home. No, I didn't get bumped anywhere, but I was four hours late overall, which meant I got home at 4 am. My cat sitter, an extremely kind person, came to get me.

After this experience, I can report this:

It was pleasant and sunny when I was in Tucson.

In Denver it was 9 degrees F and the snow was blowing like a speech by President John Adams. My coat was packed, and I am SO going to find the money for a lighter laptop, later this winter. The extending walkways were COLD.

My sister and her family were not eaten by a tumbleweed as large as the minivan they rented for the drive home -- but it was close.

My father has been pumped full of meds, and his cough is finally improving -- we were afraid it was pneumonia, but it was only an infection. Still, at 79 and not excellent health, there is no "only" coupled with infection.

I love my family, but it is good to be home! Now, I just have four more scarves to crochet....

Oh, and PS -- if you want to read Fires of Nuala on-line free, look fast. Book View Cafe's front page gets revamped in January, and serialization is going away. Samples will remain. People seem to like to read a sample and then buy, as opposed to reading weekly on-line. That's okay -- but change is coming!

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