I’ve been holding out on you guys. There has been a lot going on in my life, at least my work life.
My boss, at my jobby-job quit. This sort of changes my role within the company, and gives me the opportunity to make the job into more of something I want to be doing. In addition to getting used to an increased freelance load, I’ve been in many, many meetings lately basically redesigning my position.
I had been aiming to leave my jobby-job around this time, but with this change I feel like it’s worth it to stick around for a while and see if I can make my work day a wee bit more enjoyable, if not more fulfilling intellectually.
To celebrate I decided to take some time off from work, and go back to work in September all shiny and new…and because I’ve been really exhausted and just really need some down time. Today was the first day of an 11 day staycation for me and it was absolutely PERFECT.
I didn’t blog last night because I had a show, then proceeded to maybe drink beer for dinner and get home very late. So, my first day of staycation started by sleeping in! Upon awakening from slumber I started my day in my most favorite way possible: meeting up with my friend Sarah for a writing date at “our office.”
Since today was my first day of “staycation” I decided to indulge in a coffee shop breakfast: coffee and cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese
After our respective writing responsibilities were fulfilled we decided it was time for a little Brooklyn style celebrating.
Mid-day sangria break!
Of course, all that sangria made us hungry so we split a grilled pizza with prosciutto and arugula:
After a very indulgent lunch I decided to be a bit more proactive about future health choices, and I took my slightly inebriated self to Trader Joe’s for some grocery shopping.
I love TJ’s! Can’t help it, that place just makes me happy. It was packed mid-afternoon on a week day, but I stocked up on all sorts of yummy stuff. While waiting on line to check out the woman in front of me proceeded to turn to me and say, “I believe in complimenting people, and you are beautiful.”
Well, that totally took me by surprise. Obviously, I thanked her profusely and we got to talking, she’s visiting New York from LA–apparently she was not quite used to Trader Joe’s being quite so busy (the line wrapped around the store). It’s still kind of a novelty here, so it is always packed.
When it came time to check out, the cashier forgot to ring up my curry marinated chicken. I told the cashier and he just winked at me and proceeded to continue to pack my groceries.
On the bus, on the way home everyone was just super pleasant. Young people gave up their seats to older folks, people said hello to one another, and when it was time for me to get off someone even helped me off with my cart (yes, I totally rock the classic wheely cart).
The whole day just felt really happy. A leisurely lunch with a friend, followed by random acts of kindness and general displays of the innate niceties of humanity. We hear a lot about how crappy people are, but I think for the most part people are pretty great.
Upon putting away my groceries I got right back on public transportation to meet up with some friends, my childhood acting teacher and his girlfriend. He’s the guy from that Citibank commercial where the son and dad go to Norway then find out they’re Swedish:
I saw grilled seafood tacos on the menu and assumed they’d be a healthy choice. Ummm, not so much…
I guess a little indulging is expected on vacation, even if you are staying home. Three cheers for staycation!