The unwind. That’s where I find myself right now. It’s this strange process, like a colon cleanse or some such shit, whereby I untangle myself from the trappings of my job, just briefly, while on vacation. This unwind doesn’t last. It really never processes to completion, anyway. In fact, it’s kind of a tease. I can never truly unwind myself from this work.
On the agenda today, the one and only house cat museum in America and the train wreckage from the movie, The Fugitive. Both happen to be located in Sylva, NC, about a 2 hour drive from our home. I’ll drive, the kids will be in the back of the minivan, arguing about movie choices and snacking, contributing to the layers of crumbs that have accumulated on the floorboards. Which reminds me, I need to find time to vacuum the minivan before I go back to work next week.
Tomorrow, a cat cafe in Charlotte and a train museum in South Carolina. Do you sense a trend, yet? Cats and Trains. This is how I will unwind. Not because these are my choices, but my kids’. The youngest likes cats, the oldest likes trains, so I oblige. They are off for Spring Break and I took the same week off from work so that we could go on adventures together. If it were up to me, we’d be in Bath, Beaufort, and Ocracoke following the path of the pirate, Blackbeard, as he traipsed through NC, but my kids nixed that idea. They said it was too scary, so we stayed home taking day trips about cats and trains. I accidentally mentioned a ghost tour in Beaufort and that was it for them. Nope. Don’t want to go. I wouldn’t have made them do the ghost tour, anyway. Little turds.
I have already been in my work computer this morning to make sure there weren’t any pressing messages. So much for the unwind. 12 messages, 15 med refills, 10 lab results, 1 patient email. Don’t they know I’m on vacation? It really never ends. Maybe that will be the worst of it. Mondays are usually insane, it can only get better from here.
I plan to check my computer every other day, but this part of me, the part wound the tightest can’t rest until I know there is nothing “bad” waiting for me. I just need to know. I just need to fix it before someone gets hurt.
I know I’m being a bit over dramatic. It’s part of the unwind. It resists.