Found me back at work. While my employer is generous with holiday leave, they decided that we needed to return to work on Jan. 2. As in the day after New Year’s. As in Monday. No extra day to ease us into 2012 and the return to work alas. Since our response to a new year tends to be draconian resolutions and vows to whip ourselves into shape/cut out destructive behavior of choice/ruthlessly tamp down personality traits we don’t like, perhaps throwing us back into the cruel world of work was the right thing to do.
Get to work, slacker! You need to exercise that brain before it turns to mush from all that crappy tv viewing, celebrity gossip blog reading and Twitter surfing you did over the last two weeks!
This morning I hauled myself out of bed and put on makeup. I brushed my hair (no joke – I think I finger-combed my hair most of vacation) and stared dumbfoundedly at the clothes in my closet, wondering if it were possible to have lost the ability to coordinate an outfit in such a short period of time.
Daniel had become used to being able to play with his trains immediately upon waking and seemed a little subdued by the return to routine, though he was pleased to be going to see Ama (MIL).
We dashed out the door and encountered no traffic. I briefly wondered if the Rapture had occurred and I had not been one of the chosen (very likely), but then I remembered that more likely, everyone else was at home. I think I made it to work in 15 minutes. Clearly, we are the only poor fools who had to work today.
It has been a quiet first day back. Several coworkers are still on vacation until tomorrow and the rest of us remained in our caves, er offices. My office is on the second floor of our suite, and we are an introverted group on this floor, so we kept to ourselves. We must be eased back gently into the company of others lest our heads explode. I suspect several sports-minded coworkers were watching football games online but I name no names.
I deleted emails. I did not check voice mails. I filed a travel reimbursement. I tried to remember on what I was working before the holidays. Did some work.
At least the first day back is over. 2011 was a busy year at work, and I have no doubts that 2012 will be any different. Sometimes it seems like there is so much to do that I don’t know where to begin. I suppose I’ll tackle it one bite at a time.
How many days until Christmas?
If you had to work today, how was your day back?