May 18, 2011

Vacations Are (Sort Of) Evil

Going on vacation is both good and bad at the same time. On the one hand, there's the anticipation leading up to going on vacation. The one thing keeping you going as you try to get through just one more week of work. And of course, there's the vacation itself. After all, nothing beats a few days off spent with family.

On Mother's Day, we embarked on our 3rd family vacation. We spent a week in the Cayman Islands, and it was A.W.E.S.O.M.E. I so needed time off away from work and extended family and the crappy Toronto weather. We had a whole week of burning hot sun, lots of swimming in the pool and on the beach, and we even did some cool activities. It was overall a great time.

Too bad it came to an end. Last Sunday, we left our hot and sunny island paradise and returned to a cold and gray Toronto. Returned to the life that we'd left behind for a week. The problems. The worries. The stresses. And to top that all off, to a house turned inside-out (okay, the latter is totally our own fault).

Before we left, we'd hired our contractor to re-do our bathroom and to fix the holes in our basement ceiling left over from replacing our hot water heater this past winter. The work was starting during the week we were away. So not only did we have to pack, we also had to move and cover furniture in preparation for the renos.

When we returned home, the renos were partially done (we'd already expected that), so the house was even messier than before. To his credit, our contractor does tidy up after himself. Still, renos aren't exactly neat affairs. We still had to do laundry (I think it ended up being about 5 or 6 loads), get PK fed and into bed, and feed ourselves. Fortunately, the hubby and I had the Monday off, so we were able to send PK off to daycare while we did groceries and relaxed a bit sans kid. And did more laundry.

Getting back to work after being off for a week has been hard. My heart isn't really in it. The project I was working on before I left was completed on the Tuesday we were away, so now things are kind of slow at work. There's still stuff to be done, but it's totally uninspiring. And I don't know what I'll be doing next at work, or if I'll find that work intellectually stimulating enough. I probably wouldn't be as bummed if I hadn't come back from a nice vacation. Damn you, vacation! It's dark and rainy here and I miss the sunshine and warm weather.

But hey, I won't end on a negative note. After all, we had a great time away. So as painful as it is to return from a nice vacation, I guess I should take this pain as a good sign of good times had.

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