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I made a mistake. I think (at least I think I think) I knew better, but I ignored my better instincts that told me I should do something that I did not.

I should have left a buffer day between returning from vacation and going back to work.

This getting home late and then getting up early for work stuff is terrible.

Of course, now I am on the second day back at work but I can now see that yesterday was a terrible day. There was just too much to do on the personal side of things to get caught up on time to work on the work side of things too. That cause stress…probably self-imposed stress, but stress nonetheless.

I think it is smart to include that buffer day. A day to catch up on home stuff, ease back into the regular schedule, and mentally prepare for what is to come once back at work. I didn’t do the buffer day because I was trying to be frugal with the vacation days. Not that I have to be, that’s just the way I am.

Anyway, regular schedule is back in full swing and I am not fully adjusted. But, it is what it is.

Retirement looks better and better, 20 years from now…

The road seems so long.


  1. G. J. Jolly · March 5, 2021

    When I was younger and still going to work 5 days a week, I made sure the get my vacation time organized so the last day would be on a Friday. I can’t even fathom how you could get back home one day and go to work the next. It sounds horrid. Are you off for the weekend? I hope you are.


    • backuphill · March 5, 2021

      I guess a weekend to weekend vacation used to be a standard thing. The five days between the weekends makes the most sense. BUT, with trying to fly and keep the cost down, there are certain days to fly that are cheaper than the rest. As such, it lends itself to having an odd vacation schedule. Thankfully, yes, I don’t work weekends so I will be able to do some catch up this weekend.


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