Before I say anything else, I’d like to thank all of the bloggers who agreed to help me out last week. Every post was just stellar and I am still so thrilled about the whole thing. The calibre of this blog shot sky-high in my absence. I have a lot to live up to now! My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the writers of Dog is God in Reverse, Family and Fur, Success Just Clicks, The Dog Park, Back Alley Soapbox, and Donna and the Dogs.
It was a pretty great week, all in all. Too short, of course, and the time went by much too fast. Getting up this morning at 5:30 took the strength of a million moose. (Mooses? Meh. Since they are mythical creatures I don’t think it matters.) Even though I enjoy my job and I am happy to be back writing again, I can’t help but mourn the loss of holiday time. It’s a little painful to realize just what I am missing out on while stuck in the office. It saddens me to say goodbye.
No more two hour walks to new parks in the middle of the day.
No more sleeping in until the sun comes up.
No more experiments with doggy daycare (maybe that’s a good thing…)
No more afternoon adventures on the beach.
No more leisurely lunches at local pubs.
No more frustrating searches for weave pole parts.
No more waiting in line at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
No more silly games of pool.
No more staying up beyond ten o’clock at night.
No more lazing around in sunbeams with my dog.
Now it’s time to feel guilty for all of the things I failed to accomplish. I never did finish that load of laundry, or clean out my closet, or go to the dentist, or get my hair cut.
Perhaps instead of wallowing in self-pity, I need to take a lesson from Two Pitties in the City. When the writers of that blog came back from an amazing European holiday, they decided to incorporate some of the things they enjoyed on vacation into their daily lives. If they can find bits of Paris in Chicago, then surely I can re-create mini-holidays for myself in my home town. True, I have less time now for leisure, but a few hours a week would probably go a long way to keeping me sane.
Especially if I intend on completing NaBloPoMo again this year. Originally, I had no plans on doing it again this year. With my holiday falling at the start of the month, I didn’t think it would work out. However, like the hard-core rule-follower I am, I decided to give it a go anyway with my own set of guidelines. It’s National Blog Posting Month. Not National Blog Writing Month. Therefore, I decided I am still technically within my rights to participate. If I feel at all guilty about it, I’ll just make up for the lost days in the first week of December. Sounds fair to me!
I hope you all have a great Monday!