3 weeks off. It was nice if you’re interested in asking. Today is the first day back to work and I’m looking forward to coming back into the fold. How do you feel about returning to your workplace after time away for some rest and relaxation?
The predictability of the questions I’ll be asked isn’t irksome or tiring. No, it’s good you know; good to have that regularity and it’s others way of saying you’ve been missed.
Unlike some other times I’ve been off, there’s been some changes in the workplace I’ll have to catch up on. We’ve two new additions to our team; two who ironically joined the team on the very first day I was off. That’s good really, as it has given them 3 weeks to get involved and into the mix. Then there’s the impact of some changes our Provincial Government announced during my absence which I’ll have to find out about. Oh well, it’s quite different from going back and have everyone tell you nothing much happened in your absence. “Same old, same old”; not this time around!
Of course there will be the usually higher than normal amount of emails and phone messages to respond to. Yes even though the voice recording advised I was away and the email had a message advising the same, there will be an abundance of both upon my return. Now mind you a lot of the emails will be easy to delete without reading them just by looking at the subject line. So emails telling me who is away each day for the past 3 weeks as an example are of no interest to me. You have the same experience I suppose; returning to more email than you’d like and many of them of the ‘delete without opening’ nature?
Today though, there won’t be much time to stand around and chat with co-workers who ask about the time away. No, I’m scheduled to lead a workshop on learning the basics of the computer while simultaneously sharing how I go about it with a colleague who joined our team earlier in the year but who has yet to run the workshop solo. Getting the body and brain psyched-up to ‘workshop mode’ right way is imperative! Whatever happened to coming back and being scheduled as an extra myself, rather than the number one guy?
Well, I did have a nice time away from work. My wife and I had two babysitting gigs with the new grandson, which is very special. Now 4 1/2 months old, he’s still very heavy on the sleep, pee and feed schedule, but there’s play time and more of the genuine smiles and giggles brought about by a song or a laugh instead of just gas!
I also had an Electrician in to add power to a newly built workshop. It came on the last two days of the vacation mind, so I’ve not had time out there to play with it much, but I’m looking forward to many woodworking projects in the future; something I did in the past and quite enjoyed. Day one and two of my vacation were actually spent digging a 1 1/2 foot deep trench the length of our house and through some pretty rocky and clay packed ground for the laying of the cable. Not everybody’s idea of a good time, but it had to be done.
We did more of course; lounging around the backyard, barbecuing, reading, some shopping and the odd day trip here and there. It’s time though to go back to work and I not only feel it, I’m ready for it with the right attitude too. 3 weeks is a long rest and I’m centered again, which, if you’ve ever felt ready to return yourself, you know what I mean. A week doesn’t seem long enough to unwind and any longer than 3 weeks might not do much unless it was some driving trip across Canada.
I found myself wondering about the hoped for success that many of the people I was helping to find jobs may have experienced in my absence. Those emails or phone messages I am looking forward to hearing and reading. Fingers crossed for them. And of course, I’m not the only one on vacation at this time of year, so I’m interested to know and hopeful that others who had time off had an equally enjoyable vacation.
Yes I’m grateful for the time off and recognize not everyone gets more than 2 weeks vacation for the year. I’m locked in at 5 now until retirement; still some years into the future for that by the way, but I can’t accumulate more than 5 weeks off unless some change in practice occurs. I believe I’ve got the equivalent of a week left spread around Christmas and the odd day here and there.
Ah but back to today. Focus Kelly! Those 12 people in your computer class don’t know or really care about your vacation! Right! There isn’t much time to transition from sandals and shorts into Workshop Facilitator and I’d best get ready now!
In short, (not shorts) it’s good to be back! This blog is part of getting back into the daily routine. Structure and routine are good for me; not in everything I do, but in this case, most welcome.
If you took time off yourself recently or have it approaching, I hope it was equally good or better even!