No more work...for 2019
Trust me, I don't walk to work looking like this, but I like the picture and thought, "Hey, why not!".
But, yes, I've done my turn for 2019 and am now off until 6 January 2020.
Lucky me, hey; but, seriously, I need the break.
It's not like I've been working flat out, but more I need to get off the treadmill of sameness (I was tempted to say dullness 😉) and restore a little of my body/soul/spirit.
I know, that sounds (like so much of my writing 🙈) awkwardly pretentious but having worked for myself for six years (2010-16), I know the difference between managing my work to fit my life, and having to order my life, day after mundane day, to fit my work.
Tomorrow, my wife and I travel to Heathrow to collect daughter #1 who returns from three months of travelling around (amongst other places) India, Nepal, Singapore and Thailand. To say I'm excited is an understatement. I know that from what she's shared on WhatsApp and the few video calls we've shared she's been blown away by so many things, and is sure to be changed by the experience. Professionally too, as someone who's about 2/3 complete in her training to be an architect in the sustainable/green space, I know that she'll have absorbed so much that will, in time, help her in design and giving credence to her message about how we should all be using the materials and space that remains left to us on this overpopulated planet. My wife too is super excited to see her but also (I expect) longing for normality to return to our house. You see, daughter #1 has this very calming effect on my/our other two children and (phew...) she doesn't put up with any crap from her sisters who can, at times, be a little selfish.
Even though I've finished work, I will still be writing 📓 a daily post (or two) on LJ, posting to Patreon (I've nearly finished my first essay which I'll share tomorrow) and recording my audio monologues. Of course, I don't need to do anything but then again, I've never not written for the last decade and it's who and what I am — a writer of sorts, I suppose.
Christmas is still in the planning stage — at least for me. I never do my shopping until Christmas Eve but that said I've not got very much to get given that my wife has done most of it, and together, in one of our rare shopping trips together (Exeter), have bought the girls' presents.
I will be doing a lot of walking — I live very close to Dartmoor — and will try to finish off a few rooms where I've started to decorate them but have, by dint of work, not been able to complete. In particular, daughter #3's room does need quite a bit of work and it will be good to have some help from my family moving things about and covering up the furniture etc.
Oh, and then there's the family stuff. Or rather I should say my wife's family. I won't see any of my family but that's no different to the last 30 odd years. When I say 'my family', I mean my parents and my brother and his family. Sadly, I've no relationship with my parents and, in any event, they don't celebrate Christmas. It's not a religious thing but rather they can't be bothered or they don't want the expense. Pretty much as soon as my brother and I moved out they stopped putting up a Christmas tree and whilst (I think) we might have received a Christmas card from them, that was pretty much it. My brother and his family live near Oxford. We've done a few Christmases together but to be honest, it's always so stressful in their house and what with the drive (around four hours on a good day) we've agreed this year to do our own thing. He was coming down on the 28th for a couple of days but that's been shelved.
Anyhow, enough of my musings. I know I'm very lucky to have this time off and get paid for it. That's a luxury compared to the years when I was always sweating about where my work was coming from and was compelled to work sometimes on Christmas day and Boxing day.
I do hope wherever you are you have a wonderful time. I'm sure I'll repeat that message again before the eventual day but I mean it.
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