Monday, October 15, 2012

What I Learned On Staycation

You might have noticed, I've been absent for two weeks. Sorry I haven't updated, life has been so busy that I'm having a difficult time keeping up with everything. 

Last week, I took some much needed time off work. Did I go somewhere exotic and fun? Absolutely not, I wish! With the DH's unpredictable work schedule, it's almost impossible to plan a "real trip" instead, I decided to take a "staycation".

After being home for four days, I learned a few things. These are not breaking news or news flashes, but rather I was reminded of stuff I already know! 

1. My body needs at least 7 hours of sleep per night. Since going back to work, I've been averaging around 5 or 6 hours per night (at the most). While off work, I got at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night, and felt great! I have now made a commitment to get more sleep. 

2. It's really important to see your girlfriends. While on staycation, I had lunch with several girlfriends I hadn't seen in forever. Additionally, at my Rodan + Fields business launch party, I spent time with some friends I hadn't seen in longer than I care to admit. While it's important to spend time with your husband/boyfriend/life partner - it's just as important to maintain your friendships and spend time with your friends. 

3. I learned that I have raging carpal tunnel in my right hand (left hand is ok). It will require surgery to fix my right hand, and I will have to take 4 weeks off work. I'm now sleeping in a splint and trying to figure out how in the world I will perform everyday tasks with my left hand for 4 weeks, because I am right handed. Just to see how it would feel, yesterday I brushed my teeth and hair with my left hand. I couldn't imagine putting on makeup, showering, loading the dishwasher, etc with my left hand...but I'm going to have to figure it out soon! 

4. Mental health days are very important. If your work schedule makes it tough to take multiple days (or a week) off in a row, try to schedule one or two days here and there. Call them "mental health days". Sometimes that short break is all you need. 

5. Some of my best friends in the world live in Birmingham. They were down here at the beach last week, and helped me clean my house. Now this doesn't sound like much, but trust me when I tell you, these girls saved my life. The house was (and several rooms still are!) a disaster, and they really forced me to clean up and clean out. I still have two bedrooms that need to be tackled, but thanks to Traci and Lindsey's help, I can finally get ahead. I love those girls. 

6. Turns out, you can put too much on a closet rail. Ask me how I know? Because in one of my bedroom closets, the rail actually came out of the wall. I mean, separated from the sheetrock wall. And now the contents of that closet are on the floor. When will I deal with this? I go back to work today, and half my work clothes are in that closet. It should be an interesting week. Clearly that's a sign from above - I need to get rid of more items in the closet. Or stop buying. 

Have you taken a staycation lately? If not, I highly recommend. I'm already planning my next one! Have a great Monday! 


  1. My closet rod in my closet at home has fallen out multiple times...that doesn't make my dad very happy. Eventually (after the third or fourth time), my parents cleared out one of the closets in the guest room for me...And now that I'm at college I have my things divided over three closets (two at home and one here...) I totally get you on that one!

  2. The closet rod in our guest room decided to fall and break just as some guest were pulling in our drive a few years back. Somehow my husband got it to work and he patched things together enough that it is only now that I have thought about it and that we need to really fix things. Especially since that is where I keep my clothing.

  3. I loved this post-mostly b/c it reminded me I need a "mental health day" soon! Hope you have a good week back at work!

  4. So glad you had some much needed time off!! Sorry that you are going to have to have surgery on your wrist...(not fun).Keep us updated on details of your surgery date. I hope it won't interfere with Bama (hopefully) playing for #15!! RTR!!

  5. Sorry about the surgery issue. I actually try to use my left hand with the mouse when my right one starts to freeze up (trigger thumb). It's difficult, but doable. Staycations are nice, I love a mental health day, especially when I can stay home by myself and do NOTHING! Take care!


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