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I think I'm tired.  

This week I felt that if I saw the "I Love Lucy" episode about vitameatavegamin tonic I would have called the number on the screen and ordered not a bottle but a case.  

Maybe it was the head cold that hit last Thursday and slid outward to my ears Friday afternoon.  Maybe it was the 9-5 job, the grandkids spending 3 days at the house during the week (even though our son Adam and his fiancĂ©e Sam did most of the duties during the day), the free-lancing articles that kept me interviewing very interesting people and trying to write up the subject matter or the never-ending pile of books that publishers have been sending me to review-whatever, or even the snoring husband-whatever, I'm exhausted.

Now everything I mentioned, I love doing and I don't want to stop doing any of it.  I had a three day weekend and worked the entire time.  If I wasn't writing, I was running errands, cooking, baking, reading and trying to be an amateur counselor.

This week is our daughter's 4th wedding anniversary.  Normally I'd have them over for dinner.  I am so not doing that this year.  First off, I have 3 books to read, 4 columns to write, 3 book reviews to submit, an article on Alzheimer's and M-power and one on two of the latest forms of breast cancer treatment.  Oh, a dentist appointment and the usual household errands. This is just my list for Saturday and Sunday

And as I mentioned before:

I AM TIRED!

I'm betting I'm not the only one who feels this way-I've been taking a mental poll of those I talk to.  Like anyone, I always say "how are you?" at the beginning of a conversation and e-mails-most of the answers come back as "Really tired, how are you?"

We all do too much.  I'm thinking a lot lately that slowing down would be so much FUN to try.

Yes, a week without going to the day job, a week without loading my cart at Henry's or perusing the aisles at Costco (or Vons), a week without getting up at 7:30 a.m (and 6 a.m. on the weekdays) on the weekends to "hurry and get to our errands" and a week without my desk calendar looking as if I should staple another row of boxes onto the right side.  This would be so nice.

Of course I realize somewhere around day 3 I'd be bored silly and wondering "what the heck was I thinking?"   But still I'd like to try this experiment.  And I do mean staying at home, not doing a "staycation", or leaving on an actual vacation-just clearing my calendar.

I do not want to use it for doctors appointments either.

Here's a thought, let's all decide to  try an experiment (No, not for a week).  Let's chose a day of protest.  We will not do anything that could be remotely defined as work, enjoyable or not.

To Life!



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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Yana Berlin wrote Sep 12, 2008
    • Carine,

      I think you are ready for our Official bitch Day!

      That will take place right here on October 1st, why protest when we can just bitch?

      Sending you much needed hugs

      Yana



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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 12, 2008
    • I think what I really need Yana is just a day without the day job, the domestic goddess chores, the needed appts, etc..
      I’ve always maintained, if I could just give up the day job I’d be able to do so much more



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      Successat48 wrote Sep 12, 2008
    • Hello,
      Try this instead of saying I’m tired. It may work and it may not for you. Go look in the mirror and say I love you and say your name. Then give yourself a Great big Hugg.



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      Kathleen Schott wrote Sep 12, 2008
    • I’m tired just reading your post!!  I would love to be that busy once again...Due to a injury that has left me with a permanent limitation, I am limited.  Does sound like you need that “one” day of rest for doing....nothingheart



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      JoAnn Donahue wrote Sep 13, 2008
    • Why do we think we have to do so much?

      I’m all about raising our energy level.

      However, I don’t think..

      that means on EVERYTHING!!

      I hope for you a week off, I hope you enjoy the week and  

      will not let those pesky thoughts to stay when they creep in

      oh, because you know they will..

      I should do this, Oh I can get that done,

      well maybe just this because

      heck no one is home it’s quite a perfect time..  

      true or true?

      Bless,
      JoAnn



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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 13, 2008
    • lady in pink-I do have some physical limitations-I have a moderate case of RA, OA, CRPS, 2 discs in my neck that are desinigrating and fibro.  Probably why I’m so exhausted-these on top of all the rest can make for one very tired human.
      On the other hand-I think the old motto “use it or lose it” applies here.  If I stop, I bet all the stuff I have would render me useless in a short amount of time!



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      Kathleen Schott wrote Sep 13, 2008
    • I assumed you did have some limitations also, according to your post.  It really stinks!  I agree, use it or lose it.  Some days are so much harder than others and the weather really does play a factor also.  

      My profession was nursing.  So its been very difficult for me to not have the busy and demanding schedule I once had.  I loved my work....

      My limitation involves my lower back with nerve damage...I’ll spare you all the details.  

      It’s great you have a passion in an area your able to continue to be productiveheart



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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 13, 2008
    • I feel for you-ladyinpink1-having limitations does suck.  even though my hands ache from all the typing, I’m most happy when I’m putting together an article or coming up with a new recipe.  nerve damage is always hardest, I think.  It can’t be seen in an x-ray, no one can see it physically and yet, it makes you feel like crap.
      And definitely weather plays a factor.  my worst days-cold, wind and high humidity.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 13, 2008
    • Hi Carine! You were on my mind this morning. I want you to be able to write full time, and have a voice recognition word processing software so all you have to do is tell it what you want to say! Then your typing won’t hurt.

      I’m suspecting that food writing is what you prefer, but that’s only because of the content of your column and your regular blog. I know you write a variety of things for the newspaper.

      I hope the time you spend in the desert this vacation will serve you well. Get some spa time in!
      Best
      Cynthia



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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 13, 2008
    • Thanks Cynthia,
      You know, I called my personal blog what’s cooking b/c I had just had my third recipe published in a major magazine. I really thought that’s where I’d keep my posts,but it quickly morphed into something completely different! I really love the health and fitness articles I’ve written and I might be moving into the family/OC Mom’s section.
      As for the voice activation-my husband and I tried 2 programs. LOL, you should have seen the things both programs thought we were saying!!!!
      We‘re actually staying in a resort that has a spa-I’m saving up my pennies for a massage now!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 14, 2008
    • for me, writing is my pleasure.  as well as my family being my passion.  I’m glad you found what works for you!



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