475th Friday Blog Roundup
So I didn’t really have a vacation. Whatever the opposite of a vacation is, that’s what I had. I had a work-a-thon.
Yes, we saw the Hobbit and Frozen (and Josh and I sneaked out to see American Hustle one night). I managed to build a farm on Hay Day and run it like a boss. But mostly, I finished Apart at the Seams, prepped the Creme de la Creme, and wrote 22 articles. It was a lot of writing; a lot of really long days. I was writing 12 – 15 hours per day, day after day after day.
And it only stopped right when it was time to send the kids back to school.
So I lost it after drop off. I cried for a half hour because I had missed their vacation. I’m aware that I will not be working through spring break, so we have another break down the road to play. But that break wasn’t this break. I missed this break. And I sort of needed a break myself.
I’ve decided not to take a break in one clump once work calms in mid-January. Instead, I have a bunch of books stacked up (and a freakin’ farm to run and candy to crush), and I’m going to take my break in tiny sips: one day a week for four or five weeks. Or maybe take half days once a week and spread it out over 10 weeks. I don’t need to lounge about for five straight days; in fact, that may be a bit much for me since I’m on my own. But a day here and there sounds really good.
The other benefit to the break-here-and-there idea is that I never have to go through that hard landing of returning to work after being out. It’s easier to deal with a day’s worth of stuff piling up than a week’s worth (as well as getting out of my writing rhythm). Thinking of making my off-day on Wednesdays to break up the week.
Would you rather have a lot of spread out, tiny breaks (like an extra day off per week for many weeks) or one big break running on consecutive days?
Looking for the Creme de la Creme of 2013? It’s right there.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “Birth Story” (A Glimpse Inside)
- “The Breast is Best Campaign is Evil” (Too Many Fish to Fry)
- “Moms Who Look Good” (Teach Me to Braid)
- “You are Not Alone” (No Kidding in NZ)
Okay, now my choices this week.
I read Andmom’s post about Christmas fantasies after the Roundup last week, so I’m including it here. It’s a wonderful post that I think touches on so many times where our fantasies don’t match up with our realities — not just Christmas. Such as the vision we have of ourselves holding a sweet, cooing baby (and the reality of a squalling infant while you’re sleep deprived and smelling like shit after having not showered for 4 days). I love, love, love this post. Especially the ending.
I also read Our Crazy Ever After after last week’s roundup, so her post on Christmas is here as well. She admits: “Perhaps I am breaking an infertile cardinal sin….but I actually enjoyed my quiet time at home sans the pitter patter of footie-pajama’d feet.” It’s a post about not looking at what she doesn’t have, but accepting and enjoying the Christmas she got. And her final line amused me.
Lastly, Wee Hermione has a thought-provoking post about religion. The meat of the post begins: “Do you ever mull things over in your mind for so long that you just want to get it all down in one long explanation and ramble, just to have the peace of mind that there, you put it down?” Uh… yes. 1000 times yes. It’s an interesting post detailing a life very different from my own, so I loved her story. She writes about not feeling G-d while growing up in a religious household. And just as her parents were black sheeps with their families, she became the black sheep of her family when it came to religion. It’s about the communities that spring up around the spiritual. It’s about discovering where you belong. Wonderful post.
The roundup to the Roundup: Would you rather have your break in tiny sips of days over a long period of time or a break from work all in one clump? The Creme de la Creme of 2013 is up. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between December 27th and January 3rd) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.