I’ve been really tired and sore the past few weeks but this weekend I started to feel a little better. I think we were on vacation a few weeks ago and I overdid the hiking (hiked 20 miles one day, more than I intended, and hiked/biked every other day for several hours each day) then ended my vacation two days early to fly out to client meetings and which required me to get by 3 days in a row with less than 5 hours of sleep (not good when I have chronic illness). Then on top of that, Wife M was prepping for the MCAT and I think it was a heavy stress hanging in the house for several weeks. At any rate, her test is done, I got an extra day of rest, I even took a couple of naps between social events on Sunday, and I just starting to feel a little less achy and a little less exhausted. In a word, phew. It is truly awful feeling exhausted.
Wife M and I are making our first trip to the south that is not in Orlando and not for business, and decided on a trip to Savannah, Georgia. We watched Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil to prepare and my Type A wife has prepared an agenda for us, including ghost tours. Traveling is stressful for me since I don’t feel well (I try not to say it out loud to the family so as not to ruin their trip/fun), but I will have a good time once I am there. We booked this trip before finances were tight, so it is stressful that we are going, but at the same time it will be an experience we’ll remember.
It used to be that Veterans Day was a holiday for everyone. It was supposed to honor the veterans, but regardless it was a day off for most non-service employees. Now most companies are open, which means a third of the employees skip the day to care for their kids (who are off), a third make it an easy work day, and a third put in a normal day. Which all results in essentially an unproductive day where no one is rested. Americans (Corporate America) have forgotten the value in rest days, in the meaning work hard and play hard. It is another way that modern day Corporate America — for all its talk on efficiency — is not efficient at all. Wouldn’t it be better to tell everyone to take the day off, rest or honor the veterans, and come back feeling fresh the day after?
Our office was open, and I spent much of the day trying unsuccessfully to keep things moving. I got home at 6 PM thinking what a wasted day it had been 🙂
Mom and dad flew Wife M and I down to Arizona last weekend to visit with them in there new place. It has been wet and windy in Seattle so it felt great to get into warmth and sun for a few days, and mom and dad really spoiled us at the same time (took us to dinner, breakfast, etc.). It was a nice weekend away and a much needed break, although I’ve been pretty tired this week (although wife M is telling me I’ve been really tired for awhlie now; hopefully it unrelated to the new spot in my lung :)).
Speaking of lungs, I see my lung doctor next week, and am hoping the new spot they found in my lung last spring has resolved itself. Have been truly drenching my PJs and sheets at night the past few weeks (have gone from waking up damp to waking up pretty wet) and again am hoping it is unrelated.
Wife M and I tried to see The Wailing in the theaters but timing didn’t work out, so we were glad to see it available on DVD and made a plan to watch it last night. What a wonderful movie it was, too! Bumbling characters, strange and errie things that weren’t too terrifying, incredible setting, and somehow just kept us engaged for the entire 2.5 hours. The ending was confusing as heck for us, but maybe there are cultural meanings (it is a S. Korean film), maybe that was the point (not everything has a neat answer) and it was fun to discuss the ending. What a great evening it was, to watch this. And what a wonderful day it was yesterday when I wasn’t feeling well, to watch 3 great spooky films back to back to back: The WItch, Notorious, and The Wailing… Love days like that…