I've been enjoying reading Dame Eleanor Hull's daily spring break updates and thought I would follow in her footsteps, not least because it will ensure that I don't spend an entire day in a fog of doing nothing. My sister-in-law and I talked this week about our respective fears about retirement; we both worry that we'll spend all our days napping and reading fluff and doing not much else. I have the same worries about a sabbatical, but that's a worry for the future. This is now, and it's spring break!
I'm considering today the real first day of spring break, because visiting my family is not restful. Worthwhile, yes, but not relaxing.
So here's Day 1 -- entirely uneventful, which will perhaps push me to move myself a little more:
Went to the gym for the first time in three weeks. I'm finally almost over that sinusitis, and it felt good to work out and sweat a little. Thank goodness I finished taking the antibiotics yesterday; they did a number on my GI system, something I'd never experienced before with antibiotics. All of that has left me a bit ragged, but going to the gym helped me to feel mostly normal again.
I don't know if this goal is do-able or not, but I'm working to lose 5 pounds between now and returning to classes in a week and a half. I've been in a total state of blah for a while now, but while I was visiting my mom, I bought myself a new watch (my old one died a couple of months ago) and two pair of shoes (actually, my mom bought one pair for me -- lovely!) that fit with my orthotics. I also inherited a couple of nice sweaters/jackets from her. So my goal is to go back to school in better shape and better spirits.
Out of the blue this afternoon, I got struck with a horrible headache and crawled into bed, where I fell asleep for a couple of hours and woke up feeling much better. Felt like a waste, but maybe not terrible for the first day of spring break.
Got a prescription filled -- something that that would normally be so routine as not to warrant a mention, but in this instance it took a phone call to the doctor and several phone conversations with the pharmacy. But all is now well.
One of my spring break goals is dealing with money -- doing our taxes, for starters, but also looking squarely in the face of our financial situation. Mostly by this I mean figuring out our debt level and making a plan to reduce that debt. So, after doing some FB crowdsourcing today, I decided to give Mint a try. It will take a couple of days to get all of our credit cards, etc. filled in, not least because D. is so stressed out by money stuff (more than I am, even) that it will take a few days of nudging her to get her to seek out the info I need from her; this is one of those difficult marital situations in which one person decides to confront fears and the other one isn't yet ready for that confrontation. But one of my hopes for our having a Mint account is that we'll both have access to the full financial picture, which perhaps will help us both deal with our financial anxiety.
Also spent a lot of time talking with D. today, which wasn't as lovely as it sounds, because she is a total stress-bunny about a couple of things and wanted to talk and talk and talk and not necessarily to listen. We trade off that role regularly, so not a big deal and definitely part of the marriage package, but tiring.
And now it's 9:30, and I'm going to take a novel to bed with me. I've gotten hooked on Charles Todd's mysteries, and I have a new one from the library.
Not a bad day of spring break, but not the best either. I'm going to work to make tomorrow better.