In my ten on ten post I mentioned some crazy work goings the last few weeks. While the last 6 weeks have been the worst, its really been back to back deadlines every 3-4 weeks since the holidays. The final 6 weeks were long hours pretty much every day, and while I got a chance to relax a bit on the weekends there were still some items to get done and I felt like I could never really quite relax. You know the feeling?

Our biggest deadline to date was last Friday, and it came at a perfect time, just as I was preparing for a week long trip to Virginia to visit my boyfriend, Erik. Usually I make these working trips so that I don’t have to take much PTO, but this time I was/am determined to make it more of a true spell of time off.

I expected that I’d be able to relax in Seattle over the weekend (which I did) and show up in Virginia feeling in restful vacation mode. I knew that Erik had to work a 48 hr shift Wednesday/Thursday and I was excited to be able to sit down with my laptop, do some pinning, do some blogging and finally get a bunch of creative stuff on paper. I’ve been so burned out on projects at work that need just drawings produced (nuts and bolts technical drawings) that I haven’t had a chance to be creative on some of my other jobs that are still in the design phases. I’ve just felt BLAH oh those.

But the truth is, I’m 5 days into my vacation and I just feel drained. It didn’t even occur to me to put something up on the blog until this afternoon. I guess I was more spent than I expected because the recharge time has been longer than expected as well.

I had also hoped to contribute to the “Things I’m afraid to tell you” series that has been floating around, but I found myself wanting to write a post for all the wrong reasons. I wanted to join in to be part of the group, sort of a “look at me, I’m brave too!” gesture. That feeling especially kicked in when there was an invited round two that went around and my immediate feeling wasn’t “wow, these are so genuine and heartfelt”, it was “I feel left out”. So, I guess thats my miniature “Things I’m afraid to tell you” is that sometimes when I get burnt out on true creativity and genuine spirit I consider doing things for the wrong reason. I’m glad I had at least enough willpower to restrain a full post because the bloggers who have participated really deserve to shine.

That being said, this evening I sifted through some photos and have some pictoral evidence of the last couple months to share with you. Thanks for sticking around :)

Top photo is a sneak peek of a quick 36 hour trip I took to Palm Springs for “work” smack dab in the middle of all the deadline craziness. Lets just say that I managed to clock in 52 hours in the office that week AND take a day and a half trip to Palm Springs. Oye.

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6 thoughts on “Drained

  1. I so know how you feel. I’m glad that you’v been able to relax and recharge, though.

    Did you find a good movie on Netflix? I had no recommendations. The last good movie I saw was The Help, and I think you saw that already.

    1. Danae from Gather + Hunt suggested “Everything Must Go” to me which I’m watching currently. So far, so good. Last night I just watched Gossip Girl

  2. Sorry you’re drained. Bleh. Hope work calms down and that you are able to focus on things that are more fun!

  3. You perfectly captured my feelings on the “Things I’m Afraid to Tell You” thing. I felt a little sad and left out about it… which is likely something I should be afraid to tell people because it’s so childish.

  4. Aww, I’m glad you got a chance to do some serious vegging, sounds like it was much needed! And as far as the Blogging Slump, which seems to be super wide-spread these days, our blogs are just our blogs. We can always come back to them with new ideas as they come, but I’m glad you knew that it’s okay to just take a break. Life goes on! :)

  5. I think you just wrote your “things i’m afraid to tell you” post, lol. I hope you are having a magical vacation (or that it starts to get magical). I think I need to be better about NOT thinking…maybe that would help me relax…I feel so drained too!

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