|His cabin for the week*|
|Blurry pic of her bunk*|
I realized that I needed to stop trying to do my usual schedule while they were away. I could have forced myself to continue, but I would have missed out on a chance to really recharge and refresh. So I stopped.
I had a lovely lunch while I read my new Kindle. I put a few loads of laundry away, but didn't worry about the remaining clothes. I walked slowly through the grocery store for the first time in years. And I went out to dinner with my husband three nights in a row - unbelievable!
I have to admit that some guilt crept into my days, and I certainly still thought about the kids, but something else happened. I started working on my projects again, this time because I wanted to, not because I had to. And I enjoyed it much more. I solved three problems in my latest book. I came up with a new cover design. I hid from Twitter and Facebook, knowing how easy it would be to spend the entire day there, and I read and read and read. I took notes on what styles of writing appeal to me. And I reviewed my recent writing to find what I liked and didn't like about my own style.
In the end, I had three lazy days of summer until it was time to pick up my daughter at camp on Wednesday, but I accomplished quite a lot. So I plan to add these breaks to my schedule as much as possible each month. I have a feeling I'll get more done that way. And by the way, the kids had an amazing time at camp. They came home dirty, exhausted, and begging to go for a longer time next summer.
*Photo note* - The pics are blurry because the kids didn't want me to take any pictures when we dropped them off at camp. These were my attempts at stealthy photos - blurry, but still memories to keep.