Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What did I do on my first day back after vacation?

I remember going back to school after summer vacation when I was in elementary school. It seemed that the first ice breaker of the year was something about what did I do during my summer vacation? 
Willemstad, Curacao
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
Willemstad, Curacao

The corollary is, What did I do on my first day back at work after my vacation?

With the vacation rapidly passing from reality to memory, I returned to the daily grind. I was enthused to see my work-mates and regale them with tales from my cruise adventure. But there was a lot of work that needed to be accomplished as well. I worked a full day, plus a bit. 

As a reward for my exertions at work, I treated myself to a much needed massage to shake off the stress of returning from the cruise--but then it was home and into the breech to get the house back into shape after being gone for almost two weeks.

First up was the yard! It was mowed and looks really good. Then the pool was brought back into shape by replenishing the chemicals that keep it clean and sparkling. This morning's thunderstorm rendered the cleaning that I did pointless, but the pool was pristine last evening when I went to bed. 

But wait, there's more! 
Most Awesome Piece of Cheesecake

A door handle needed to be tightened, I ordered parts for the broken garage door opener, got gas for the leaf blower, purchased spray to kill the tent webworms that appeared in a couple of trees while I was gone, and also bought and installed a new shower head for one of the bathrooms because the old one had become clogged and really needed to be replaced.

Somewhere in there I took a timeout for dinner. By the time I was done it was 9 PM.

Wow, what a day. Of course as I reflected on the week gone by, I knew that one the cruise 9 PM was in the middle of our dinner hour. Alas, now it was shortly before bedtime. 

And just like that, the day was gone. 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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