People vs. Dust Bunnies

Today I used a vacation day for the specific purpose of finishing up nagging projects around the house only to stop mid-afternoon and ask myself “What did I accomplish?  What was the point of burning that vacation day?”

I cleaned a little bit this morning – just enough to be presentable, but not as much as I would have liked.  I suffer from the-more-I-clean-the-more-I-need-to-clean syndrome and knew I had someone coming over at 8:30 9:30 this morning.

Once here, Catherine and I spent the rest of the morning making the changes to her site with my guidance.  It’s a work in progress, of course, and she got some nagging items checked off her to do list along with more knowledge of how to make changes on her own.  She is such an energetic and inspiring person!  I always learn something and am more energized after our meetings.

Finally, I checked something off my list – I bought a sofa!  Ok, technically it’s a love seat because our living room is tiny.  We have been without one for months now while I have been researching (‘research’ is code for ‘picky’).  I am looking forward to sitting next to my son and maybe my husband.  (ok , I am really excited to rearrange all the furniture in the living room multiple times.  This is normal, right?)

The rest of the day was spent with technology – caught up with neglected facebook friends, chatted away on IM and twitter all while browsing the random links!  Guilt free!  I’m technically on vacation!  (all about the technical)

I acknowledge that I didn’t necessarily accomplish my task list of de-cluttering and reorganizing my house.  But I DID help a friend, make a major household purchase, and reconnect with the people in the computer.  That’s more important to me anyway.

I prefer people to dust bunnies.

So, YES – today was very productive and worth every bit of the 8 hours of vacation time!

What would you do on a guilt free day off? 

Have you ever taken a vacation day for the specific purpose of finishing up those nagging projects around the house only to end the day with “What did I accomplish? What was the point of burning that vacation day?” I had one of those days today.

I cleaned a little bit this morning – just enough to be presentable, but not as much as I would have liked. I suffer from the-more-I-clean-the-more-I-need-to-clean syndrome and knew I had someone coming over at 8:30 9:30 this morning.

Upon arrival, Catherine and I spent the rest of the morning making the changes to her site with my guidance. She got some nagging items checked off her to do list along with more knowledge of how to make changes on her own. She is such an energetic inspiring person! I always learn something and am more energized after our meetings.

Then I finally checked something off my list – I bought a sofa. Ok, technically it’s a love seat as our living room is tiny. We have been without one for months now as I have been researching (‘research’ is code for ‘picky’). I am looking forward to sitting next to my son and maybe my husband. (ok honestly, I am really excited to rearrange all the furniture in the living room multiple times. This is normal, right?)

The rest of the day was spent with technology – caught up with neglected facebook friends, chatted away on IM and twitter all while browsing the random links! Guilt free! I’m technically on vacation! (all about the technical)

I acknowledge that I didn’t necessarily accomplish my task list of de-cluttering and reorganizing my house. But I DID help a friend, make a major household purchase, and reconnect with the people in the computer. That’s more important to me anyway. I prefer people to dust bunnies. Even if they are only, technically, people in the computer.

Conclusion: today was very productive and worth every bit of the 8 hours of vacation time!

What would you do on a guilt free day off?

One Response to People vs. Dust Bunnies
  1. csread
    August 20, 2009 | 6:49 pm

    Your house always looks nice Kate! It was indeed a VERY productive morning and I am getting much more proficient technically with your great mentoring! I think you got quite a lot accomplished today! Can’t wait to see the new loveseat/sofa! Continue to enjoy your vacation . . . technically and otherwise.

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