Saturday, October 31, 2015

It won't be REALLY real til Monday

Or maybe tomorrow night.  When that Sunday sinking feeling that Monday is around the corner usually hit me.  I'll know it's real then--because I will be HAPPY for the first Sunday evening in months, or possibly even years.

Today went well. Started with a 3 mile walk, a little later than our usual start time. The sun was higher in the sky lighting up the golden leaves, as many of our trees are still in full color.  We spotted a five point buck, but I couldn't get a good photo of him. This sweet doe was grazing as we came up a hill though. Sorry it is not such a great photo.  Learning how to really use this little camera well is on my list of relaxing reading, believe me.

All in all a good day. I shipped my work laptop back to the corporate office, and then spent a few hours cleaning and reorganizing my desk.  Now that I am only using a single laptop, I moved one of my flat panels to the Quiltorium. I can bring my laptop there and watch videos while handsewing.

On my desk by my big monitor, I have room for my featherweight if I have the urge to chain piece or anything while being online. I'm blurring the boundaries of my life just a bit already.

Soon I will have the neglected Quiltorium back in business and get the rest of my machines humming.

Friday, October 30, 2015

A Road Warrior Returns Home (for good!)

Today was the day.  After almost two decades of the consulting life, and more days on the road than I ever wanted, I am done with it. It has been a rough six months where I was hiding from my own decision, but it was well past time to move on. I stressed too much about giving notice. It was so difficult to wrap up my last client engagement properly without any enthusiasm or energy left for the work.

As a virtual/remote employee, I had no retirement party, no face to face goodbyes. Calls to a few close friends and then some email goodbyes. An exit interview with HR by phone and then I was gone.

I look forward to shedding my workday persona, since it always felt so unreal to me. It absorbed so much energy to constantly adjust to new clients, new workplaces, new locales.  It's a hard life for an introvert and I am exhausted.

Today, my only plan is to spend the rest of the year resting and recharging. I am going to let late autumn/early winter draw me into a natural state of quiet reflection.  There will be quilting and knitting and such, of course.   I'm going to enjoy being home with my guys and my cats. That may sound pretty boring to many people, but now that I am finally here, I feel like it is a treasure.

Who knows where it will lead?  Welcome to my musings--please drop by again!