About 10 days ago, I told you why I’d be doing nothing over the holidays.
Wanna know how it worked out?
Thought so. Too bad, you’re going to hear it anyway.
I watched a lot of movies, including “The Wolfman” in my bedroom at 6 am one day, “Alvin and the Chipmunks” via DVR (both films, God help us), “Gulliver’s Travels” (love Jack Black!) with Jill Foster, and “The King’s Speech” with my husband.
All highly recommended, except for Alvin. What can I say, I’m a sucker for animated animals.
And if you haven’t yet seen “The King’s Speech,” you need to get yourself to a theater, tout de suite.
I bawled my eyes out at my favorite Christmas gift: a mirror engraved with the words to The Velvet Underground and Nico’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror.”
Back story: my husband had sent me a similar mirror when we were engaged. Over the years, the mirror was damaged, though it is still sitting in my basement.
He had it made again. Without my suspecting a whit. Because he’s like that only.
Which really reinforces the truism that it’s not how much it costs that matters, it’s the thought behind it.
I had lunch with Liz Scherer. We work together for Women Grow Business, live in practically the same neighborhood, so this was long overdue.
I chatted – several times – with my family over Skype.
I got a wonderful, wonderful massage on New Year’s Eve, which left me so loopy that I had no desire to go dancing, as my husband had suggested we do.
Instead, I saw the New Year in by waking up at midnight, wishing my husband and dogs (of course they need to be wished as well, what do you think they are, animals?), and promptly going back to sleep.
I even managed to stay off social networks (for the most part), though I did check in once in a while.
I’m guilty of being more active on Facebook than Twitter for a change, but that was because I had to share pix of how the hols were going.
(Those are what I call “glittens,” i.e. glove/mittens combo.)
I paid scant attention to email and blog.
Thank you, editorial calendars and scheduled posts, and perhaps my unusually-customized out-of-office response had something to do with the email success:
Hello! I’m on vacation through January 4, 2011, only checking email periodically during this time. So it might take me a while to get back to you.
If your need is urgent, please put “URGENT” in the subject line of your email so that I look at it as quickly as possible.
“Urgent” means your world will collapse if you don’t hear from me in a timely fashion, not that you want to have coffee with me. Seriously. Look it up.
(Btw, clients, you already know EVERYTHING you send me is urgent, right? So this obviously doesn’t apply to you <ingratiating smile>.)
Confused because you’re seeing me online on Twitter or elsewhere? Sure you are. It’s my vacation. I can do what I like. And that means not sitting at my desk. Heh.
Have a wonderful holiday season and my best wishes for 2011!
All in all, it was quite delightful.
And even though I’m now paying the price of email overload, it was worth it.
I am definitely refreshed and, for the moment, less stressed. Perhaps not making New Year’s resolutions had something to do with that as well.
Resolutions or not, I’ve entered 2011 in good spirits. Which was exactly what I hoped I’d do.
How about you?
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That mirror is amazing what a romantic hubby. I love the V-U. Sounds like some very nice and relaxing holiday R&R.
Now after this heart warming post..
your reports are late…did you call the clients and reschedule our meeting for the 18th? Did you hear back from Johnson about the Acme Account and where is Eric he was due back with donuts over an hour ago. The office is a wreck and we have that surprise meeting with the CFO who is coming in tomorrow on the red eye…you did get my email right? No I didn’t market it Urgent. It was from me everything is urgent! And those spreadsheets showing how the Public Radio Measuring Initiative is going? She wants to see details remember last time Shirley came in she was very upset our Initiatives were behind.
Howie, you SLAY me! I guffawed when I read this. Have you considered a career in stand up? :p
Hi Shonali–nice to hear you’re back in the swing of things and enjoyed your vacation! I also loosely disconnected over the past few weeks and have tried to create some sort of structure for making this year more productive. I think an occasional break from blogging/tweeting isn’t a bad thing at all. If anything it helps recharge our creative and emotional batteries for when we come back.
Looking forward to reading your posts this year :)
That is so nice of you to say, Krista. Thank you! Yes, unplugging – both literally and figuratively – really makes a world of difference. I was curious to see if I’d be able to and while I can’t say I did so 100%, I think I was still successful, because I wasn’t sitting around on the Internet all day, LOL.
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