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One Week Unplugged

June 21st, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments


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Greetings all. I’m back! Not sure where to begin so I’ll just let the keyboard monkey in my head take over.

For going on two years now I’ve been doing the 9-to-5 banker’s hours, and last week, for the first time in these last two years, I took a big chunk of time off. Including the weekends I had eleven days off and (in case you were wondering) I managed not to check my work e-mail once the whole time (Gmail still snagged me though).

Originally this past week was supposed to be spent in North Carolina for my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary, but we found out less than a couple weeks prior that my wife would be having her shoulder surgery two days before we were planning on leaving town. We decided to hold off on finalizing any plans until after the surgery and play it by ear based on how she was feeling, thinking we’d maybe just leave a few days late. The doctors basically laughed when we asked about travel. “Good luck” was the best they had to offer.

After waiting five days we realized there really wasn’t any way to go. Any car ride longer than fifteen minutes put enough stress on Jen’s shoulder to cause serious problems. At one point she told me she wouldn’t mind if I went alone. And as much as I love my wife for making that offer there’s no way I was going to leave her in that much pain for a week (not to mention the idea of a twenty hour solo drive wasn’t too appealing).

My family was more than understanding and called several times to check and see how Jen’s recovery was going. She has to stay in a sling until July 14th, but she started working again yesterday and it actually went much better than we were expecting.

On the lighter side, the last four weeks have taught us one very important thing: In the event one of us can’t work we can adjust to only one paycheck and still make it. All our bills were still paid on time, we kept fun purchases down to a couple sub-$10 DVD’s (previously viewed sales at rental stores rock) and everything worked out ok. I still have to mail out some well-overdue birthday presents with my next paycheck but everyone has been very understanding about the whole financial picture.

Unrelated: Here’s what a week of not posting will do to your web traffic (click for full-size and observations)

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