For the next couple of weeks, I am working a compressed work schedule. This means more teaching on the days I am at work, but also means more time off. Today, was a day off.
In the past, I used to have grandiose plans for these days. I would plan for all sorts of wonderful things to happen. I would plan to take care of the many tasks on my to-do list. I would utilize the day to its fullest.
Except that I wouldn’t. I would fritter the day away, procrastinating with ever more pathetic excuses and plans to “get down to it” after one more game of solitaire, or one more YouTube clip of a show I have seen countless times. Then I would chastise myself into a fit.
This time, I didn’t do that. I made a few possible plans, like joining the Tuesday evening bike ride–the rain took care of that one for me. I also had a few things on the PVR that were kind of in a now-or-never kind of place in the viewing order. I needed to go food shopping or else my lunch would be something of the fast food variety.
I also had a few ideas that were self-indulgent. I knew I needed some rest. I have been under-sleeping for quite some time now and I really didn’t want that to continue. I don’t love lazing away in bed (my students think otherwise) but with proper rest, better health is more possible.
Did I enjoy it? Absolutely! I loved every bit of it; from the going back to sleep after feeding the cat, to the first sip of relaxed coffee drinking (never possible on a work day), to an indulgent waffle breakfast, to re-watching the first episode of “A Million Little Things”, to writing this blog without the usual time crunch. It has been a nice day to stay home.