Vacation Day

I took a vacation day, yesterday, June 19, 2018.

I didn’t go to work. Of course, it’s a vacation day — why go to work. Instead, I took a friend to the hospital for tests and sat with her during the day. It was not a bad day, nor a boring day. In fact it was a great day.

The tests were done by mid afternoon. We picked up lunch and went back to her apartment. We watched the Great Gatsby movie and took a short nap. Then, it was a tour of a mutual friend’s new home. An amazing home which needs some minor renovation. If I were a younger and motivated man, I would have snatched up the home.

On the 86 mile drive home, I reflected on vacation and vacation days.

In the past, while married to Nikki, vacations were scheduled, planned and organized by Nikki. Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, New Mexico were common destinations.

After Nikki left I’ve taken a few vacation:

  • Colorado 2015
  • Jackson Mississippi 2016

There wasn’t a vacation in 2017.

Although I should clarify the Jackson Mississippi vacation was just a long weekend (Friday – Sunday) of driving to and from Jackson Mississippi with a stop in Vicksburg. But the Colorado 2015 was a true week long vacation.

Each year, I am allowed 15 days of vacation from the company I work at. It’s an earn benefit, meaning that you have to put the time in to ‘earn’ the vacation time, which can’t be taken until the following calendar year and the days do not accumulate. Technically, I’m allow two weeks of vacation and then five individual days per year.

Last year, I took four days of vacation. Each day was an individual day. I did stuff around the house or went to doctor appointments. Those days did not seem like ‘vacation’. They seemed more like an extra Saturday.

My definition of vacation is to ‘do something that you would not ordinarily do while at home’.

For 2018, I have a conceived a potential week long vacation plan to drive through southern Colorado, to the Four Corners and then back home. It’s about a three thousand mile road trip according to Google maps. It would be a good time to ‘car dwell’, meaning that I would sleep and ‘live’ in my Honda for the duration.

Recently, I bought a book (Planning an Epic road Trip on any Budget) from the 365 Days of Marriage blog. This blog encourages you to ‘Dream Big’ … which I need at this time in my life. Hopefully my conceived Colorado road trip of 2018 becomes an Epic Road trip!

Always thought about work camping as a means to make a living. Photo taken by Dave O June 2015.

Always thought about work camping as a means to make a living. Photo taken by Dave O June 2015.

Another Day …

Yesterday, January 24, 2017 was a very active day. I walked 4 miles total (estimated – still need to get a Fit Bit or Garmin). I walked 2 miles during my lunch break and then 2 miles in the evening after work. Plus, I did 14 minutes on the Max Trainer.

MFP says that it was a 500 calorie exercise day. Wow.

And, I’m feeling the effects today. I’m dragging, tired, feeling spent, weak. I don’t know if it was all the exercise or the 1,040 calories I ate yesterday.

I had a Slim Fast for breakfast and lunch. I had a grilled chicken salad for dinner. Those meals rang up to 1,040 calories, which is far below the 1,610 target I aim for each day. It’s 570 calories below.

I saved calories on the grilled chicken salad by adding only 8 ounces of chicken instead of 12 ounces. I intended to save the calories so I could enjoy a bottle of Zombie Dust (at 190 calories) with dinner.

However, I didn’t enjoy the Zombie Dust. After dinner, I read for a few minutes and went to bed.

Blood Pressure

This morning, the blood pressure was 116/71 with a resting heart rate of 71. Wow. Normal. Yay. I believe the diastolic number one of the lowest I’ve seen (?) in recent years.

Tiny Homes –  Van Dwelling – RVing

There is talk in the office about Tiny Homes and Van Dwelling as if this was something just discovered.

I’ve known about van dwelling, full-time RVing and tiny homes for a while. For several years I’ve followed a few van dwellers and full-time RVers that have You Tube channels. It’s the kind of lifestyle I would like to live some time in my life.

However, I can’t do that just yet.

It is a hard lifestyle to do with a family, especially one with four kids and a dog so I couldn’t have done it when married with family. And, I can’t do it now due to the load of marital debt and student loans. I need to be employed full-time consistently to pay on the debt.

Some van dwellers or full-time RVers have a skill set that allows them to travel and work from the road. Some of them work in an IT, programming or web development field.

I work as a graphic artist and full stack web developer. So, maybe I do have the skill set to work on the road and van dwell or RV full-time. But right now it isn’t possible.

If I ever do it, I would like to do it as a thin man.