Three Weeks of Leisure

Three full weeks have already passed since I said my final office good byes.  I figured the first week would fly by because it would seem more like a vacation than anything else.  Heck, after 11 consecutive years of work… I'm not going to lie, I was very lazy the first week and didn't do a heck of a lot.  I ran into some friends while shopping during the day and caught up on some movies.  Let me tell you there's a whole different world out there for the leisure class as witnessed when shopping.  

Week two rolls around and I finally began to step it up a bit.  I got on my cute bike and went for two bike rides in one week.  I even made it to the pool as well.  Note: when you haven't been to the pool in a very long time, it's entirely possible you might forget your padlock combination.  That did happen to me, so I stashed all my belongings near the side of the pool.  

Over the past week I've been to the pool four times, on the bike twice, and went for a run last weekend.  This are important steps as I attempt to lose my curves and tone my not-so stately body.  Along with working out, I also had some time to make food this past week.  I made banana nut muffins from scratch and also made goat cheese and red pepper lasagna.  I could get used to this more leisurely lifestyle.

Aside from feeling better about my physique and cooking/baking, I've been getting stuff done around the house.  The infamous Honey Do list is enormous, yet I've been able to knock a few items off the list.  My most ambitious project is yanking out musty carpet in the attic stairwell.  Yesterday, I ripped it all out and will sand and refinish the stairs to make our upstairs living space more inviting.

Gardening too!  On Wednesday I got out in the wet weather and planted our grape tomatoes in pots, weeded out our strawberries, and cut back some other plants.  

Oh yeah, looking for work.  Oddly, my wife had many more interviews than I did the past couple weeks.  Of course there's news to share on her success, but I should wait a week or so.  Anyways, I applied a couple places for social media jobs.  I find this medium incredibly fascinating and would love a paid gig where I can do good work for a company via the internet using  sites like Facebook, Twitter, Buzz, YouTube, or even a blog.  Most of the jobs are marketing jobs instead of account management work, but that's fine with me as social media is a constantly changing field.   

I'm as content as can be right now.  I thoroughly enjoy the slower pace and having time to do things that would have been rushed before.  I know it won't last forever so I'm appreciating it as much as I can.  Three weeks from today we'll board a plane destined for Chicago and then four days later we'll board a different plane taking us to Milan.  I can't wait!  La vita è bella.

P.S. can you tell I'm hard up for some social interaction?  

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About lessinges

Seattle native, discovering life! I like ice cream, cold cereal, and The Amazing Race.
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5 Responses to Three Weeks of Leisure

  1. Leslie says:

    Glad to hear you’re relishing this temporary time off. I’m impressed at how productive you’ve been. Sorry I didn’t get back to you while we were in town. We were only there for six days and I was pretty sick for half of it. I’ll catch up with you next time!

  2. furiousball says:

    When I lost my job a little over a year ago, that’s how I started too. Get to a lot of stuff that you’ve been meaning too, then get on the whole hunting thing. My hunting turned into me starting a business, so you never know!

  3. Felisa says:

    I’m utterly jealous! I think it’s so great that you’re looking at this as an opportunity to unwind but be productive at the same time.
    If you ever get the chance too, there are so many festivals/events in Seattle right now. I can’t think of a better time to be free from time commitments than now. Folklife, SIFF and so on…
    And yes, despite my not having a facebook, I am endlessly fascinated that it (and blogging, and tweeting… and everything else) is such a great domain for putting information out there. My roommate and I are planning on creating a blog about sustainability geared towards Seattleites. We’ll see how that goes.
    Good luck with the exercising and the house projects and the job hunting!

  4. eunice says:

    Yeah, getting paid to screw around on Facebook & Twitter is kinda fun. I can’t complain. Especially because I get to couple it with taking pictures.

  5. churlita says:

    That’s so cool. It sounds like you’re making the best of things. Way to go.

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