Vacation from Work
you taking off next week?" asked my co-worker. We have two days
off for the Christmas holiday, so a lot of people are taking the other
three days also, a good way to get a week off without using up your
leave. I had already asked off for Monday.
"Well, I planned to work on Thursday and Friday,
but I would like to get some rest." I have not had a vacation in
ages and I need some down time. Counting the weekends, I would get
nine days off. I should be able to get a lot of rest in nine days.
That Saturday, my first day off, I decided that
I needed to clean the house. It was filthy. I've had some remodeling
done. There was sawdust everywhere. It takes an entire day just to run
the vacuum and clean up the mess. And Christmas is coming soon!
On Sunday, We decided to unpack and put back
all the things that we had to move out of the workers way, lamps,
pictures, knickknacks. A good idea, and as long as everything is off
the furniture, I might as well polish the wood first.
Monday, the day before Christmas Eve - I want
the house to be somewhat normal for Christmas, so I polish my silver
and copper items, a job I hate, wash glass items, and put back
everything the way it should be. Sure looks nice. After two solid days
of housecleaning, I'm pooped.
Christmas Eve already - I need to go to the
grocery store or we will not have anything to eat. The store is
packed. Well, what did I expect? I will get a sliced ham so I will not
have to do too much. Of course, I have to fix my famous green Jello
salad and a few other side dishes. Gee, I'm worn out from cooking and
cleaning and tomorrow is Christmas.
Christmas Day Grandkids are here. Presents
are open and wrapping paper thrown all over the place. I clean up all
the mess and put the food out. Everyone eats, and I clean up that
mess. I dont want to do house cleaning on Christmas, so I leave it
for the next day and try to enjoy Christmas.
The guy is coming to install my new dishwasher. Did I mention my
old one died and I've been washing dishes the old-fashioned way?
Direct TV is also coming. The TV is on the blink. The laundry is
meeting me in the hallway, so I have to do that. I thought I was
supposed to be getting some rest?
Things start out well, except there are so many little
things left that I need to get done while I am off and have time. I
make a list. Paint bathroom door, vacuum tops of cabinets (I didn't
get to that before) Work on door to attic that is sticking, and the
door on my computer desk came off. I tried, honestly, but this is
stuff for a handyman, not me.
I have to go to work next week, which means I need to go to the
grocery store again to get food for lunches. I also need to go to
the drug store and to Wal-mart to return that mini-blind that
doesn't fit. As long as the line for returns is, I'm wondering if I
should just throw it away and get a new one.
I need to get rid of the Christmas decorations. I have to
press and hang up the clothes I got for Christmas. I haven't had
time to try things on yet and they are still in the boxes. Tomorrow
it is back to the office.
Gee, the nine days sure flew by. It is good to get back to work
where I can finally get some rest. Staying at home is just way too