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Old 05-25-2009, 11:18 PM   #21
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The last couple of months, I have been taking time off from vacation to go to work.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:33 AM   #22
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I'm such a newbie at retirement, sometimes I forget I don't have to go back to work. I was sick recently and had what appeared to be lucid moments when horrible conscious nightmares overcame me. I was imagining dealing with returning to an overflowing in-box. I understand where you're at.

Maybe you could re-live your cruise by showing us some pix as well as planning the next one.
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:30 PM   #23
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I frequently dream of work situations, all of them umpleasant. I think itīs some sort of confirmation of how miserable I was in my job.
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I had a serious case of vacation blues when I came back from Costa Rica in April. I felt as though I was having a great time on a motorboat, riding the waves, and it suddenly hit a cliff and I was thrown head down onto a rock. I tried to ease back into the work life by looking at pictures and talking to people about it. It helped somewhat, but I had probably a 3-week low before I was able to feel like normal again.

I think the more relaxed the vacation, the worse the post-vacation blues. I, too, am usually unable to get totally relaxed until Day 4 or 5, so a 2-week vacation is great in that it does what it's supposed to -- relaxation. But that usually means a rude awakening when returning to w*rk.

I am also planning my next vacation, but it's still got a while to go. On the other hand, I also feel that too many vacations may delay my ER, although in the big picture the joy from the vacations seems outway the slight delay.

Let me know when you find a solution...Cheers!
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:24 PM   #25
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I think the more relaxed the vacation, the worse the post-vacation blues.
Wow, I agree with you whole-heartedly on that one. This I think was absolutely the most relaxed we both have EVER been on a vacation. DH and I both feel this is the worst blues we've ever had after a vacation.

Well, it was Day 1 back to work today for me. Feeling quite a bit better. I got thrown into tons of stuff to do and just didn't have time to let myself feel bad. DH, however, who works from home some of the time, had a much more difficult time readjusting. Someone invited him to the park, and so he took some more time off.

The other thing that helps is yesterday someone told me she has been out of work since December. Made me be thankful to have a job, and one that I rather like at that. So putting it into this perspective helped, too.
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Maybe you can plan something short but special for next weekend, like a day trip? Sounds like you need something right now! Sorry to hear the blues are so bad this time.
Thanks for the empathy...it helps!! I started refocusing myself on our upcoming plans for a long weekend in Sarasota in July with friends. I'm also starting to think about maybe planning a cruise to Alaska next summer. We couldn't do Alaska this year, but hopefully will be able to next year.

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I'm such a newbie at retirement, sometimes I forget I don't have to go back to work. I was sick recently and had what appeared to be lucid moments when horrible conscious nightmares overcame me. I was imagining dealing with returning to an overflowing in-box. I understand where you're at.

Maybe you could re-live your cruise by showing us some pix as well as planning the next one.
Good suggestion - here are a few pics...
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What great pics! I especially like the first one of the ocean from your ship. The clouds are spectacular. Great pics of a great vacation.
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Coming back from a 2 week or longer vacation, the e-mail is horrendous, but I figured a way around that issue a number of years ago. Thanks to the very restrictive IT policies our mail files are limited to 100MB after which they stop receiving until you do some archiving or deleting.

So, I keep a selection of very large attachments on my hard drive then the day I leave on vacation I fill up by mail file with draft e-mail that I will never send. Day after I leave, e-mail starts getting returned to sender so they know not to expect a reply and I don't have 500+ e-mail to wade through on return.
That's BRILLIANT! I am going to use it! Thank you!
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I can't even seem to shake the post 3-day weekend blues. I think this may be a sign that my time in the w*rk force would be ending if only I weren't such a chicken and hanging on for that last few $$$ of security.
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I had a funny inbuilt timetable which resulted that when in holidays I started tio get the blues 2 days befire they finished and on weekends on Sundays afternoon but I donīt know why when the alarm clock went off the blues had gone away...!
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My children are still in college. They have the school blues too.

What do I tell them?
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My children are still in college. They have the school blues too.

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"Abandon hope, all ye who enter here."
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Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success. .....Brian Adams
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I think simpler words would get to them better.

"You've got to pay your dues, Kiddos. The money we have may be all spent when we die. You will have to support yourself."

Actually, they do not have the school blues any more than I had when I was their age. And I was an A student! Just because you do something well does not mean you enjoy doing it.
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Ok...how about...life sucks, then you die........
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Did somebody just say "die"?

Just the right excuse for me to post "Dust in the Wind" as performed by Scorpions, but in a more upbeat tempo.

In the Scorpions video, the cellist is just as pleasing to the eyes as she is to the ears.




I have posted this favorite song of mine twice earlier, as presented by the original Kansas group in their early days and as aging baby boomers like ourselves.

http://www.early-retirement.org/forums/f28/a-long-view-of-where-we-are-economically-41991-2.html#post776310


http://www.early-retirement.org/forums/f44/is-this-rally-for-real-44144.html#post814040
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