The One in Which I Spend a Lot of Time Whining

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 goofy Halloween costumes or pumpkin carving.

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!

21 thoughts on “The One in Which I Spend a Lot of Time Whining

  1. Welcome back Kristine. I looked at your list of what you no longer be doing and think I wish! Maybe you CAN incorporate a bit of your vacation into your days. Would be nice to try. 🙂
    Hope you have a great day!


  2. You cut to the heart of a regular complaint I have. And I don’t think you’re whining at all.

    I think you’re fighting with an arbitrary chopping up of our day and week into work from 9 to 5 and everything else around the edges.

    Although I’m terrible about scheduling my unstructured time, I dream of creating a life for myself where I can use the best part of the day as needed and schedule work in the gaps. Why should I be working (not always very effectively) at noon on a warm sunny day instead of walking my dog? Why can’t I do the work at a different time?

    Some U.S. companies are practicing Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) where employees don’t have set schedules and don’t have to attend meetings. As long as they get their work done, they have flexibility to do it in whatever way works for them. I even read about a social service agency where employees had client appointments that was still able to make this work. ROWE was started by Best Buy.

    The idea appeals to me but I suspect in reality it’s a way to get more people to work doubly hard on nights and weekends.

    If I can create a ROWE for myself, I’ll have to be my own boss. Does such a thing appeal to you?

    Good luck incorporating holiday into your regular work week. Please let us know how you do.


  3. Who the heck wants to clean out closets or visit the dentist on her vacation? I’m just sorry you didn’t get to Bermuda!

    I don’t do well in either scenario. I am NOT a morning person, so getting up for work was always a challenge for me. Conversely, if allowed to set my own schedule, I will read blogs all day and get nothing done. Or watch TV or read lousy books.

    In my ideal world I would sleep until 10 or 11, laze about until noon or 1, then do a few things, eat dinner, watch TV, and be industrious from 10 pm until 2 am. That’s only 4 hours of work time, so not very industrious at all. But that was me in my 20s, and I can’t get used to the change in my diurnal rhythms since middle age struck. 😦


  4. Welcome back! It sounds like you had a pretty great week off! (except for the waiting in line at the registry of Motor Vehicles:)
    I enjoyed reading all the guest posts this week! They were wonderful!

    I was thinking if doing NaBloPoMo, but I just don’t think I am worthy. Maybe next year.


  5. Wow! It sounds like you had a great week away. But welcome back! I totally agree: It’s rough transitioning from vacation back to work. You have the right idea, though. Incorporating something “vacation-y” throughout the week sounds like a good plan! I can’t wait to hear about the doggy daycare adventure…


  6. Sounds like you had a great week off (although I’m curious to hear what went on at Doggie daycare!!). Carving out time for ourselves is so tough, I’m glad you have a plan and I hope you stick with it! Welcome back!! P
    S – And thanks for inviting me to write a post in your absence. 🙂


  7. Even though our days off last week were storm related, I miss the leisure time I had. I’m with you on this one; I need more weekend and less week…


  8. Welcome back! It is always hard to return to work after vacation. I would love to work 4 days a week and have a 3 day weekend. Then again I am sure 3 days would start feeling like not enough! BTW,you were right! Sophie and I had a blast at our first trial. I am officially addicted to it and can’t wait for our next trial!


  9. Glad to have you back! I have a crazy dog (others would argue “crazy” is an understatement) and Shiva reminds me of her! There are others out there, working on things with their dogs, just like you!


  10. Well, aside from the DMV, it sounds like you had some pretty good time off – a ‘staycation’, if you will. You know, provided you didn’t wait in line at the DMV the whole week (entirely possible).


  11. Since I work from home I have the luxury of getting up after the sun comes up (no commute!) and the ability to get my walk with Cali in before I hit the computer. What it lacks sometimes is the interaction with other humans . . but I do get kitties on my keyboard and my dogs head in my lap throughout the day (that definitely makes it more bearable!) I get SO MUCH MORE work done from home than I did in the office – and I like the ability to work when I want – I am all for the ROWE model! (I still find it hard to read all of the blogs that I want and to write as much as I want to – probably because I spend ALL day on the computer and it’s hard to spend that much more time on it!)

    I’m so glad you enjoyed your vacation and hope you find some time to enjoy yourself on a daily basis – you deserve it! 😉 Welcome back!!


  12. Cleaning out closets on vacation?! That’s just crazy talk! Save it for a rainy day when you need an excuse not to go over to the in-laws’ house!

    I really think we need to rethink our priorities in this world. Why spend all of it working? Seriously. I know there were days when the tribe’s survival depended on constant toil, but that’s what we have technology for, so we can work smarter, not harder. And yet, companies have this greed factor and keep wanting more and more. When will we all just say “enough” and spend some time living and enjoying our lives?


  13. That is an awesome sit/stay of Shiva’s in the bottom photo, and a gorgeous place to walk:) Welcome back. You’ve got way better things to do on holiday than clean out closets, laundry etc. They’ll keep for a rainy day … soon enough, perhaps?

    So what did happen at doggie daycare?


  14. ROTFLMAO….”since they are mythical creatures”. For a long time, when I was a child,my uncleconvinced me that the plural of “moose” was “meece” (like goose/geese). I was in college before I learned that was wrong. **awkward**


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