Are you familiar with the Unvacation? It’s the opposite of a vacation. There’s more stress and longer hours – the complete opposite of what a vacation is supposed to do. Usually it comes as the result of somebody else going on a vacation.
In a few weeks, I’ll be in an unvacation as my manager takes a week off. Whenever he’s gone, it seems I get to field a lot of the questions from my co-workers and pick up anything that would have fallen between the cracks with him gone. It’s a busy time that just seems to fly by.
I have been on an unvacation for the past few weeks as my wife has been gone. All of the household responsibilities, pet responsibilities, bills, etc have fallen on me. Normally, I wouldn’t think it would have been as bad as it has been. So far, a tree fell down and knocked out the TV satellite dish (now fixed), the dog figured out how to open the gate and got out briefly (but I chased her and she returned home moments later), I somehow and somewhere got into poison ivy (which has spread from my legs to my face and some spots on my arms) , I was tired most of the time, my whole body was sore (arms were sore from chopping down trees and my legs were sore from some pretty good paced runs), and all-in-all I’ve been pretty much a mess. Thankfully, I go pick her up from the airport today and I know a lot of that stress will just melt away seeing her again.
I don’t know if I would have counted on me to pick them up from the airport. I’m not sure I would have put money on me surviving while she was gone.