“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.”
― Elbert Hubbard
The first couple days routine when returning from vacation should be a measured detox for post-vacation depression. It’s not the work mess you have to fix upon your return that causes people to put off vacation, it’s the catered-to living, the parties, the dining, and the irresponsibility that one can almost get accustomed to after a week away. Recovery is a step – by – step process:
- Wake earlier than usual because your body is still on Eastern / Caribbean time (zone).
- Shuffle to the kitchen, avoiding dogs in the doorway, hallway and squeaky toy; congratulate yourself that sealegs helped get you by
- Dump yesterday’s coffee out of your mug; ignore the coffee ring in the mug and reuse
- Return to kitchen for wife’s coffee; you are room service, going forward
- Shower without resorting to “navy showering” ; forgo that last week’s unconscious return to “old shipboard habits” in spite of being a cruise ship
- Ponder what port the cruise ship would be in this morning while you carry your own trash out to the bins
- Walk the Dexter and Comet down the block and back; it’s not the 16000 daily steps taken each day on a cruise vacation, but it is a work day, people!
- Verify the vacation hats, shirts and tourist swag do not still remain in the day pack while you now put cell phone charging cords, office keys and entry badge; the ship’s cruise badge and lanyard will not get you onto your campus.
- On the way to work, do not accept any incoming calls on your bluetooth car system from your work’s prefix. They may not like getting cussed out in Jamaican “patois”
- During the work day select one of three “very urgent” task lists that waited on your return from vacation; all the while quietly hum Jamaican “put de lime in de coconut…”)
- Answer questions about vacation in three or four-minute sound bites; do not sigh when a response is, “sounds like a great time! now here’s what I need from you today…”
- At lunch, sneak into your office and close the door; stare at a selection of possible destinations for my next vacation