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Unexpected time to myself

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

As some of you may know, I have a job that has what are called "on-call" shifts. I have to call about 2-3 hours prior to the scheduled start time to see if I actually have to work the shift. Today I was surprised by the answer I got when I called. I got, "Nope, you're not needed so go out and party." I had no plans because I usually always work these shifts so the unexpected time off was used just for me.

I caught up on some TV shows (Dancing With The Stars and Burn Notice) but got really bored just sitting there. In order to not eat things I didn't need, I went outside. It was a beautiful day so I pulled some weeds, picked up some trash and organized part of the garage. That was a little too much work for me so I set off on my walk. Since it was still daylight out, I walked a new path and added an extra half mile to my distance. I'm pretty sure I can do this walk most days as it loops around just slightly further out than my old path and it feels good to cover the distance in what feels like no more time. (I'm now walking about 3 miles per day.)

After my frustration about not getting time to exercise, this day was a blessing. I enjoyed the activity and I'm feeling much less stressed now. I need a few more days of unexpected time.
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