Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Vacation Withdrawal

I'm back from my holiday in Spain, and instead of feeling jolly and cheery and rejoicing at the unexpectedly lovely weather here in Paris (surprise, surprise!) I'm exhausted...

I can't quite figure out whether it's because we didn't actually rest all that much on this trip, given we were walking quite a lot and visiting all sorts of interesting sites, whether it's just the dread of heading back to work and dragging myself through the day, or whether it's to do with my time of the month (I know, TMI, sorry about that)... Maybe it's a bit of all three, wrapped up together in one big shiny package. But I can't seem to keep my eyes open here in front of my PC at work, and I still have another three long hours to make it through this afternoon. Granted, I don't actually have a lot of work to do, it's quite quiet around here... But sometimes it's these moments that are the hardest, when the greatest temptation is to ease back in my chair, close my eyes, and forget the world around me. To be honest with you, I have seen some people around my office do that before, believe it or not -- I was shocked the first couple of times, but apparently it's not entirely frowned upon. I guess given the business lunches these guys partake in on a regular basis, with the red wine flowing and rich sauces abounding, it's no surprise... But still, in my position, I wouldn't dare.

But do you know those kind of people who come back from vacation and are just grinning from ear to ear, raving about their time in the sun, the wonderful things they saw, how utterly fabulous everything was, how happy they are, and how much of a great mood they're in as a result of their time away, which was exactly what they needed to restart their engines and attack their work refreshed and renewed? OK, don't kill me here -- but those kind of people make me sick! I just can't imagine coming back and going on and on and on about my holidays... Sure, I know the point of vacation is to boost your morale and put a new perspective on things, to come back rejuvenated and positive about your "clean slate," so to speak, but somehow I always come back wondering where all the time went, how it could have gone that fast, and when it will start all over again. Am I alone in this? And sure, I want to share some pictures and stories, but I also don't want to bore people to death nor rub their noses in the fact that I actually did go away for a week or so and escape from the humdrum routine of daily life here in the city.

In any case, I will do my best to share some lovely stories about my adventures in Andalusia, but bear with me -- I'm going to need some time to adjust...

53 comments:

jchevais said...

When I came back from hols a week and a half ago, I spent most of the first day hissing. So no... you aren't alone.

After the hissing and a weird chat with a colleague, I went to the Pharmacy and bought drugs.

Vitamins to be exact.

I feel much better and ready to attack.

FYI: I bought Supradyne effervescents.

amy said...

When I was working an office job, I dreaded going back to work so much that it actually ruined most of my vacations. And the minute I was back at work, I started marking the days until I could leave again.

I'd love to see pics and hear stories, though!

Wendz said...

Oh poor you.

Nearly the weekend though - maybe you can do something nice for yourself - pamper yourself a little bit....bubblebath, flowers...a market to browse in....nice food...

it's normal to feel low after a holiday - i do hope you bounce back soon.

The Late Bloomer said...

Thanks for your thoughts, gals... I know it sounds silly to feel "low" coming back from vacation, but then again, the escapism of a trip always seems to make me briefly forget about reality, and like Amy said, it becomes somewhat of a vicious circle. That's life, I guess -- unless I manage to find the courage to change my circumstances...

Linda said...

Hard to get back to the "real" world, I know. Can't wait to hear about the trip, see your photos and what you liked most in Spain.

a. said...

alice! i'm so envious of your trip to spain. i'm planning to go a bit later in the year (not necessarily the smarter thing weather-wise....but oh well).

i hear you on the shiny happy people. usually after i get back from a vacation, i'm exhausted...i need vacations to recover from my vacations.

that lemon cinnamon brule you mentioned sounds awesome. must put it on my list of things to try. :-)

welcome back!!

The Late Bloomer said...

It's Saturday afternoon, and I'm trying to pull together the motivation to write up a nice post sharing my photos, impressions, etc... But it's slow going!

I'm not exactly sure what it's going to take me to get me back in the groove again, but I think Jenn might have the right idea with those vitamins... Need to get me some of those!

Adelyn, thanks for the welcome back. Like I said, I'm not quite sure what's going on with me, and for the moment it's still weighing on me, even today, but I'm hoping I'll be able to move on soon. I'm in a bit of a creative funk along with all the rest, and all I can seem to do is read the many fab blogs out there... In any case, I definitely recommend Spain for a future visit -- it really was marvelous, if a little short (as vacations always are!). I enjoyed the food/cuisine for the most part, too, although near the end I was getting a bit tired of charcuterie -- and that's a big surprise coming from me, the charcuterie queen!

I also wish I had taken more "food shots" to share with y'all here, but I'm not really very comfortable with my new camera yet, still working with it, so I didn't try as much as I should have. My outdoor/sunlight pics turned out the best, in any case. Anything indoors or at night was pretty crummy. I'm going to have to experiment more with my camera in the future...

As a result, food-wise, I can only really tell what we tried -- I guess that's better than nothing!

jchevais said...

are you ok?
Silence radio is relatively long this week...

The Late Bloomer said...

I know, I know -- sorry 'bout that, Jenn. Everything's A-OK, at least as much as it can be, all things considered. Nothing really going on; I'm just taking longer than usual to get my act in gear. None of my creative juices seemed to be flowing AT ALL this past weekend, to my chagrin, no matter how hard I tried.

I spent the better part of Sunday telling myself that I should be doing something useful, but I ended up reading (almost finished my W. Boyd -- finally!) and doing some boring housecleaning. I also talked to some friends and family back in the U.S. But overall just a lazy day. Guess we all need those sometimes.

And although I figured out how to assemble a post from Flickr, I can't figure out how to string together a series of photos in one blog post like so many other people have done -- am I retarded or what? When I go into Flickr, I can create the post, but it only includes the one photo... And I was hoping to include several of them in one post.

Gonna take some more playing around, I think...

scribbit said...

My sister and my parents have both taken trips to Spain and it sounds lovely. I've always wanted to try authentic Spanish food.

Michael said...

Really this is something to which I have not heard of much. So far the people whom I have encountered always look keen to travel places and they never complain about being exhausted. Nevertheless its always good to know about the downside of things however attractive it may seem. I have a booked a Holiday home this summer and hope to do the same in the winter too for my favorite vacation, would like to see if this exhaustion creeps in me too.

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