Moving Away From the Norm

A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. ~Earl Wilson


I am about to, hmm maybe not about to, but will “soon” do something that is rather unusual for me. I’ll be the first to confess, I am a bit of a workaholic and that’s not even a little bit of one, it’s a big fat monkey on your back card toting workaholic. To put it in perspective, the last time I took more than a couple of weeks of time off from work it was forced on me by my employer and my doctor because I had surgery and that was about two and a half years ago. Prior to that, the last time I had a week off, was, well, *cough* probably somewhere pre-Y2K. I can’t help it, when I was younger I set a goal to retire by the time I was 40 years old. I am a few years past that goal, and I suppose I probably could retire, I just can’t face the dilemma of what to do with all of those hours in a day. Heck, last summer when I thought I’d rest a week or two I had my entire kitchen demo’d, floors tiled and a new kitchen installed. Great result, but not really overly restful.


This is where it gets to the unusual. Lately as I’ve been driving in to work I’ve had the unsettling feeling that the drive itself was making me crazy. Heck, I drive fine, it’s the people in front of me driving too slow that make me antsy. The weird thing is, I am one of the most easy going laid back people I know. Real Floridians tend not to get in much of a hurry, so I’ve no clue where this sudden angst is coming from. Tuesday it affected me so much I picked up my cell and called Dr. Ben and said “let’s go on vacation.” That those words came out of my mouth a’tall probably should have caused thunder to rain down from the heavens and the angels to sing, and caused the God’s to wonder if my brain had had a stroke. I made it to work and sort of forgot I said it, but here I sit, while on my lunch hour I threw together a couple of outfits in a 10 minute shopping hop, snapped the pictures and went on about my way. I looked at yesterdays pics (on today’s blog), Cao sitting at a beach on St. Somewhere, and I looked at the pic’s from today’s shopping excursion, Geesh! Even Cao is apparently abandoning me and going on vacation! At least she sure is shopping like it! Anyway, I think I’ve gotten over the initial shock of having the desire, now I just need to figure out where I want to go. I hope you are looking forward to some summer fun as well! I don’t know about you, but as for me, I think it’s long over due.

Ear Wax

Top Outfit:

Hair: *Argrace, Urei
Dress: Blueberry, Beaded Dress
Sweater: Baiastice, Boxy Open Cardigan
Sandal: Maitreya, Antheia Sandal

Bottom Outfit

Hair: Rowne, Lena
Dress: Maitreya, Ana Tie Die
Jewelry Set: [Mandala], Lustful @The Mens Department (TMD)
Earring: [EF], Heritage

On Both

Skin: Glam Affair
Body: Maitreya, Lara
Nails: NailediT!
Poses: Manifeste

6 thoughts on “Moving Away From the Norm

  1. Taking a Vacation yearly is just plain physically, mentally and emotionally healthy … so DO it and have a ton of FUN!!

    As for retiring, being a self titled “workaholic”, it could end up driving you nuts! o.O My husband is on forced retirement due to health reasons … he is on disability and it is driving him crazy … he sleeps too much and I feel he is a bit depressed … His work was part of what defined him and he is a bit lost atm. ( He is driving me a bit crazy too … but I never said that 😉 )

    If you have lots of other things you want and need to accomplish and can keep physically and mentally busy, them go for it all the way and enjoy your retirement!! ❤

    Ok, now don't freak out but, have you considered it may be Perimenopause giving you the "unsettling feeling that the drive itself was making me crazy?" Women begin to enter perimenopause not only in their early 40s, but also in their mid to late 30s as well. Some women show absolutely no symptoms of Perimenopause whatsoever until their late 40s. Perimenopause can last between 4-10+ years!

    Some Women in Perimenopause have moments of irritability, mood swings, unusual anger or annoyance, panic attacks, high anxiety, sudden tears, overwhelming thoughts of doom, apprehension and dread, feeling ill at ease, heart palpitations, vertigo, dizziness, trouble sleeping through the night, unrelenting insomnia, crashing fatigue, feelings of losing control, difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion, memory lapses and depression. Most women experience only a few of these symptoms not all of them!! But, once you know and understand what may be going on it is so much easier to manage and control 🙂

    A large number of women experience these symptoms and others which you may not think to associate with perimenopause. In fact, so wild and unpredictable are some of the symptoms, a lot of women think they are going crazy.

    But, they are not going crazy and neither are you if you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, and wondering what is wrong with me!! Perimenopause can be a full body, mind and emotional contact sport, because it affects far more than just your monthly cycles. I won't even go into the physical changes o.O LOL

    1. Your so funny Osprey, I am glad you are back! 😀 You need to give your hoosband lots of “Jobs” to do. As for the other, naw, when you were AFK I had to have all that stuffs removed so more like it post, not peri. But you’ve given me a direction to think about, perhaps it’s related to that or I just no longer like my job. OK now that’s wrong, I “like” my job but maybe it’s more my job isn’t as rewarding as it used to be so the commute to it has become a bit of a chore. Uff! lots to think about when I do settle down and take that vacation. Thanks so much for your always wise words! ❤

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