I Hate Long Weekends

I hate long weekends.

And by I hate long weekends, I don’t actually mean I hate long weekends. On the contrary, I love long weekends! It’s more the coming-back-to-reality-after-a-long-weekend part about long weekends that I’m not so fond of. Adding insult to injury, when I came downstairs this morning, I stepped squarely in a little mound of fresh cat puke while barefoot. I knew without looking what it was. Few things squish beneath your toes so tellingly. Trust me, that did not make my Monday morning any better.

So, while I do love long weekends, I also hate them, because it’s so much harder to go back to work after. And I happen to be very fond of my job. I can’t imagine how awful today would feel if I didn’t like my work! And I’ve noticed, it’s exponentially harder to go back to work the longer you’ve had off. Which is probably why it took me months to adjust to working again last year after being unemployed for twenty months. A three-day weekend is tough to come back from, but I remember returning to work after six days off last Christmas. That was a bitch. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried, either.

Maybe I’m weird, but I start to obsess over how much time is left on my long weekend even while said long weekend is still taking place. Thursday evening as we climbed into bed I was thinking, this is my second night already…tomorrow there will be just two left, instead of four! By Friday afternoon I was downright miserable, because the “extra time off” was already gone, and I was left instead with just a normal two-day weekend at that point. Knowing how quickly those go by, I wanted to stretch it out as much as possible, so I tried little tricks like getting up really early Saturday morning – more hours in the day, right? – but that backfired because then I was nodding off really early Saturday evening. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, you know? I sometimes feel like long weekends aren’t worth it, because all I ever do is worry over the fact that they’re going to come to an end much too quickly, and that depresses me.

I love these. But man, I hate them.
I love these. But man, I hate them.

God, I’m already dreading our long four-day weekend in October when Tara and I go to Denver. It’s going to be wonderful and amazing, which means it’s going to be awful when it ends.

Despite my neuroticism, it was a pretty good long weekend. The 4th of July was low key. I never even left the house, and actually had to make an effort to see a few fireworks from the bedroom window after dark. Such a contrast to years gone by, when I would spend $100 on fireworks and the whole neighborhood-where-I-used-to-live would put on a show that rivaled many official fireworks programs. It was a very big deal, but also a vestige of my old life, one that I’ve never bothered to rekindle. Now I’m content to relax on the patio with drinks (which we did) and barbecue some meat (which we did) and watch TV while other people light off fireworks (which we did). I figure, I’m saving money that way, and I have better odds of getting through the day with all my limbs intact (barring some grotesque garbage disposal accident, of course). Friday Tara had to work, so I took myself out to lunch and the movies. My lunch destination was Pok Pok, a little Thai restaurant that has been getting a ton of hype in Portland the past few years. They are known for their fish sauce chicken wings, and with good reason: they were to die for. Best wings I’ve ever had, period. The place was packed so I found myself seated at the bar, next to a guy from San Diego who was in town for the weekend. We struck up a conversation, and he even shared a shrimp chip with me. Do you realize how unusual that is? There are three things guys never share: food, fashion tips, and relationship advice. It’s an unwritten code, but somehow we broke 1/3 of it on Friday. Cool dude, and that got me to thinking about all the random conversations Tara and I have had with random people in random clubs and random restaurants at random times, like the girl at the Typhoon show who we bonded with for hours, only to never see again once the band had finished their encore and left the stage. For a brief moment in time you’re in complete harmony with these people – talking, laughing, making wry observations, etc. And then, poof! They’re gone from your life forever. Like the guy from Pok Pok. For an hour he was the center of my universe (man, that sounds creepy, but you know what I mean…right?!), and then it was like he disappeared from the face of the earth. I never even caught his name, even though he shared a shrimp chip with me. Weird.

This post is getting randomer by the minute…

Saturday Tara and I drove out to the Mount St. Helens area for some hiking. June Lake and Lava Canyon. The weather was ideal and the fresh air was invigorating. There’s nothing like the sweet smell of a mountain forest, I’m telling you. Sunday we ran errands and chilled around the house. Monday I stepped in cat puke. Now we’re all caught up.

So, what do you think? Are long weekends worth the post-bliss agony? Or am I just a freak? Hey…at least I didn’t get trapped in an elevator.

 

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20 thoughts on “I Hate Long Weekends

  1. “I stepped squarely in a little mound of fresh cat puke while barefoot. I knew without looking what it was. Few things squish beneath your toes so tellingly.”

    HA! Yup…I know that well, Mark! That and stepping in cat wet hair balls!

    And yes, I know what you mean about having time off from work and then going back to work. I have off this WHOLE month, so when August rolls around, it takes me a WEEK to feel adjusted being at work again.

    Sounds like you and Tara had a super 4th of July weekend! Mine was super as well. I had a blogging friend and her husband visiting Philly, so we walked everywhere; showing them the historical sights, while drinking GALLONS of water because it was so freaking hot and humid. It was so great meeting another blogging friend in person. And one day I will meet you and Tara, I know I will!

    Have a SUPA’ week, buddy!

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    1. I’ve never had the (dis)pleasure of stepping in a wet hairball, thankfully. The puke was bad enough! I can still feel it on my foot a day and a half (and a shower) later. Ugh! Phantom vomit!!

      You have a whole MONTH off?! Lucky dog!

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  2. I felt the same when we came back from our cruise. I literally cried like a little baby…not because of having to go back to work but having to back to where we lived at that time. I almost had the whole vacation ruined because of that!

    Try to embrace the moments while you have them instead of being depressed about the mini-vacation ending. Being all sad and shit just doesn’t cut it. So stop it already!!

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  3. I know how you feel. I just started training for my new job today and I came home sooo tired. I was a bit whiney yesterday because I knew I was going to miss sleeping in and having lunch with Joe and all this time to write. I was only unemployed for 3 months. Still hard to go back. And I’m with you on the counting down and making sure you spend your time off to its maximum potential. I would wake up early and stay up late because I wanted to be up and off work for as long as I possibly could. LOL

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    1. Glad I’m not the only one who feels that way. I was worried that people were going to think I was a tad daffy or something. Whew! And congrats on the new job. What are you doing?

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      1. I’m doing a manager in training program at a video store. Shhh – I’m still applying elsewhere in the meantime. While the job is fun (you know I love movies) it’s meant to relocate, and that’s the part I do not want to do. Joe and I are thinking of getting hitched in the next year or so, so moving to an undetermined place away from him is not so great. This needs to be a paycheck in the meantime thing. Wish me luck.

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  4. I liked your post I Hate Long Weekends. But I have one better. I am retired and have been for a year now. I just recently started blogging and enjoy it very much. It fills the time I have on my hands and I know what you meant about not hating the long weekends but how hard it is to go back to work after having that much time at home to spend with the people you love. Sorry you stepped in cat puke. That must have really been a disgusting way to start your Monday morning. I do hope Monday got much better for you when you arrived at work and I am very happy that you like your job. You are a terrific writer. Keep writing. I love reading what you write.

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  5. I look at long weekends as a chance to get fully caught up on my sleep. Since I am an insomniac, I sleep very little (3 – 4 hours if I’m lucky) during the week & a little more on the weekends (5 – 6 hours). However, for some reason on long weekends, I tend to spend almost 1 whole day sleeping. I doze & nap through most of the day & get really caught up. So for me a long weekend is beneficial.

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