I have thoroughly enjoyed having a week off from work. Don't get me wrong. It was very much needed! But I've found that with one day left on my vacation, I am pooped. Just in time to get back into the routine of things.
I didn't go anywhere, didn't change time zones, didn't do much but eat, drink beer, and eat again. But it still wore me out.
My brother and sis-in-law have left to get back to New Mexico, and I am sure they are even more exhausted with a 2 day drive in front of them. But I hope they had a good time seeing family and friends and experiencing the total whacked out Iowa weather we had while they were here: hot and incredibly humid one day, then no humidity and lovely temps the next. Rinse and repeat. Eyes and noses reaping the benefits of living where there's lots of green plants to kick in those allergies. I think my brother hit all the places he wanted to go, and all the foods he enjoys while he's here: pork tenderloin sandwich, Amana beef sticks, cherry strudel, and corn on the cob. He even liked the chocolate cherry ice cream I made for dessert last weekend. And it was so beyond great to see both Dan and Connie twice in one year. That just doesn't happen at all.
I ate too much too many times. I think I will not drink any beer or go out to eat for at least a few weeks. Home cooking (which we did get plenty of multiple times this week), iced tea, and catching up on sleep. Those are my plans. My fridge is well stocked with beer when Bud and I are ready to drink it again. But now it's time to turn to Fall cooking--chili, enchiladas, cranberries, and pumpkin anything. Oven on and ready to cook!
One thing I wanted to do this week was have a mini read-a-thon. That didn't happen. As a matter of fact, I didn't get to read much at all. Too busy during the day, family over almost every night until late, then either too tipsy or too tired to read before falling asleep. I've managed to read 1 book this week. Uggh!!!! (She says shaking fists at the sky). So while I should fold my freshly laundered clothes, I'm going to ignore them and do some reading. My way of relaxing, getting my head straight, and digesting all that chaos of this past week.
The nap that follows helps, too.