I'm just about to start some annual leave (first of the year, oh dear, I get no better at this!) which will include two free weekends.
The first will see me travelling to Cambridge for my niece's wedding. It promises to be a very lovely day, and I am really happy for her. It also means that for the only time in my life I will get to stay in a college of the University of Cambridge!
The second weekend, I'll be going to London to meet up with my 'chemo buddies' for our annual celebration of life. Afternoon tea on the banks of the Thames, and a first chance to meet our honorary 'nephew', the miracle baby of our youngest buddy.
In between, there will be some chilling, some decluttering and probably lots of sleeping! Today, I really ought to tidy up my office which is a total disgrace, so that when I return to work it feels 'nice'.
This 'wind down' week has been quite good, giving me a bit of space to focus on some of the tasks that get 'bumped' all too frequently, and also to reflect a little on the year that has gone by. I think it's fair to say that I feel a lot happier and more settled than I did this time last year - probably because life has been far less turbulent and undoubtedly helped by the 'happy pills' keeping the menopausal monster under control (even if they do cause a lot of tooth grinding and other wierd side effects).
Looking forward to the break - and then to returning refreshed and renewed for the next season.