Wednesday, October 24, 2007

All Work and No Play . . .

. . . makes a Jane a dull girl, or so the saying says. It also makes me a stressed-out basket case.

October has been an all-work, no-play kind of month. I’ve had a full-time albeit temporary job and I’m working on my next Harlequin American Romance. For both family and professional reasons, I’ve also had to go out of town for three consecutive weekends.

Of course the great thing about a temporary job is its temporariness. Much as I’ve enjoyed being a fill-in personnel administrator, I’m counting down the days to October 31, when I go back to being a full-time writer. And I won’t be sorry to trade in the pantyhose for a pair of sweat pants either.

When I came across this picture of Winnie the Pooh and friends playing in the autumn leaves, I was inspired to schedule a fun day to help me make that transition. Doesn’t this picture make you want to take a day off and have some fun? So November 1 is officially Lee’s Play Day.

I don’t plan to play in the leaves, but I’m already giving some thought to what I will do, starting with a walk on the beach. I’m lucky to live near the ocean and like to take advantage of it every chance I get. I’ve also booked a massage appointment for mid-morning.

Sometime during the day there’ll be a trip to the bookstore, and maybe an hour or two spent prowling through a couple of my favorite secondhand shops. Not looking for anything in particular. Just looking.

My day will wrap up by going out for dinner with my husband, because a play day does not involve time in the kitchen. I’m pretty sure there’s even a law against it.

I’m not sure what else I’ll do but I love to try new things. What do you like to do for fun and relaxation? I’m open to suggestions . . . as long as I don’t have to wear pantyhose!



Jennifer Shirk said...

I love to take a walk on the beach, too. And boardwalk!

Pedicures are fun, too! Try a funky color you wouldn't normally choose. :)

Estella said...

I also love to walk on the beach. No boardwalks in our area tho.

Jennifer Faye said...

In the fall I love to go to all of the festivals. The smells from the trees with their leaves changing colors to the bon fires with the crackling wood to the most delicious foods. These places draw me back every year.

Anonymous said...

I love to read of course, and if there is chocolate involved... even better!

Lee McKenzie said...

No boardwalks in my part of the world. The beaches tend to be strewn with driftwood, especially this time of year. We've already a couple of storms.

Jennifer Shirk, thank you for mentioning a pedicure. I do believe I will! Now I just have to decide on a color!

Megan Kelly said...

Lee, a massage sounds heavenly! I've been overtaxed this month too, both with my Harlequin Americans and family events. My play date won't come till Nov 7 but I'll check back for some good suggestions. Maybe a movie?