Has this summer been as crazy for you as it has for me?
Last week I had some issues with Wi-Fi and my cell service. The Wi-Fi on my laptop was disabled after a software upgrade and needed to be reset.
Since this is a corporate laptop, I couldn’t reset it myself and had to wait until the office was open again before I could get it fixed.
That meant I had no internet for the entire long weekend. You know what? I was ok with that.
Sure, it was weird at first, but I got used to it. Instead, I read half a book and spent some quality time with my family.
The tail end of the long weekend was spent at my house, purging, painting, cleaning, purging some more.
Not gonna lie, this is a tedious process and I’m no longer finding it therapeutic.
On the plus side, I have no updates on my heart condition. It’s not really a plus. I know. I’d like to be able to say, “here’s what the doctors have discovered, and here are my next steps.”
Unfortunately, they still don’t know, but I’m booked into a crazy amount of future appointments with various specialists, and I have hope that they will soon have answers.
It’s Hard Trying to Stay Healthy
The plus here, is that I don’t have any stories to share. No recent trips to the hospital. No shocks to the heart or the family. So far, so good.
The rest of my physical health has taken a big dip. I no longer run. I eat very poorly. I feel bloated and gaining, and I can feel the effects on my mental health.
The truth is, I’m tapped out. I don’t have the energy for anything anymore.
I spend more than enough hours doing my day job. Barely time for breaks, or breathing…
Then I come home from that and have to start in on getting my house ready for sale.
There is so much more involved in that process than I originally thought. And when you think it’s all done, think again.
By the time the house is properly staged and ready to be shown around, we won’t be able to live in it. Which I think is stupid.
I have a desk in my front room because I use that as an office. It’s not overloaded with office-like stuff, it has a desk and chair. That is all.
To me it made sense to have the office on the main level, because then I could do my “computer things” while also watching my kids (when they were little), keeping an eye on the oven/stove while I’m cooking, and also gets a lot of natural light through the big bay windows.
If I move my desk and chair to a corner of the basement, I won’t be able to use the computer anymore because I won’t be able to do the other things… and also the lighting sucks.
This is one example of staging a room so that it’s not functional for us.
Thankful and Yet Frustrated
So… a lot of time has been spent at the cottage, where the kids can get out and play, and I can still work.
Although the cottage has some problems too. First, we had no hot water. Then we had no water at all.
In the beginning, I had to boil the kettle if I wanted to wash dishes.
I also had to pack the car with kids, towels, clean clothes, and toiletries, and drive to another cottage in order to shower.
I did this for three weeks, until the hot water was fixed. Then, the same day, the water shuts off completely. And we only have access sporadically throughout the day.
So once again, not a good time for showers…
I handle cottage life surprisingly well. Mostly because I realize what a privilege it is to have a cottage at all.
I don’t mind the lack of things I’m used to as long as it means I’m not at home dealing with a house I can’t live in in a practical way.
Even still, I’ve noticed a decline in both my physical and mental health. I need a break. And then I need to get myself back on track.
Any ideas on how to rest and relax while also dealing with a stressful job and renovations and house selling and buying?
I’m fresh out of ways.