On taking a mental health day

Maybe it’s because I’m 25 now, but I’ve really felt in need of a vacation recently. Technically I didn’t work for two weeks while I was home in the U.S., but for many reasons being home wasn’t a vacation. I enjoyed it immensely, don’t get me wrong, but I think I slept in one day, and because of the time difference (and my new Kindle) I found myself awake most mornings at 7:00am, if not earlier.

Then I didn’t have vacations in February either, when practically all of Chile packs up and heads for the playa or the campo or if they’ve got the cash, to Brasil or CancĂșn or Cartagena or somewhere else tropical.

And woe is me, my life is so hard, but my next trip will be to the U.S., home for my sister’s wedding, which will also not be a vacation, even though I’m so excited I’m crossing off the days on my calendar (not a joke). I think it will be one of the most joyous and emotional events I’ve ever witnessed, and if you’re thinking about getting me a late birthday present, may I suggest tissues, preferably sent to my parents’ house in the U.S. so they don’t take up room in my suitcase? Just thinking about my sister walking down the aisle with my dad makes me well up.

The good news is that it’s Semana Santa (Holy Week, aka Easter) soon and I’m hopefully (if we can find a place to stay) heading out of Santiago for a few days of relaxation with Heather. Should be fun. And relaxing. Emphasis on the relaxing part.

But I couldn’t wait until then. Neither could my body as it decided to rebel last night and not allow me to get more than 3 hours of sleep. Even though I felt better this morning, I decided to call in sick and promptly fell back asleep for 5 more hours.

And I feel so lucky, because there are people who a) don’t have understanding bosses who let them stay home sick without a licencia mĂ©dica because sick days no questions asked do not exist in Chile and/or b) don’t listen to their bodies and go to work sick all in the name of getting ahead at work and winning the rat race, then end up in the hospital sick with pneumonia or something equally as serious.

So here is to taking it easy, relaxing, taking a break and winding down. Anyway you put it, it’s necessary every once in a while.



New Year, New Things

Although 2011 hasn’t been off to the best start, I try to maintain a positive attitude whenever possible, so let’s explore some new things in my life, shall we?

New Things! 

1. New thing number one is actually not a new thing at all, it’s an old thing. It’s my guitar! My parents gave me a guitar for my 16th birthday, and I started taking lessons that summer. I know all the basic chords and can strum out easy songs. My goal now is to practice a lot and be able to play more complicated strumming patterns and such. Right now my fingers are very sore, because the calluses haven’t formed yet. 

2. I’m was so excited for new this new thing and I didn’t even expect in my wildest dreams that I would get it. It was the perfect Christmas present because it wasn’t something I asked for (granted, I asked for two things, one of them being sheets, haha). It wasn’t even something I knew I wanted until I had it in my hands. My sister’s fiance caught a perfect succession of me opening it on Christmas morning…

In case you couldn’t tell from the pictures, it’s a Kindle! Book suggestions are welcome. I’ve already read so far on the Kindle The Room, The Hangman’s Daughter, Water For Elephants and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. And played about 50 games of Scrabble.

3. You might have noticed that I mentioned that my sister has a fiance. That’s right, my little sister is getting married! I’ve known about this since September, but somehow didn’t get around to blogging about it. This is, of course, worthy of an entire post, and most likely this isn’t the last you’ll be hearing about it. The new thing for me though is that when I was home my sister asked me to be her maid of honor! I’ve become slightly obsessed with various wedding websites, but can I just say that I’m SO GLAD I’m not the bride. And so glad that my sister is calm and collected and has a lot of things already taken care of…and the wedding’s not until August!

And last but not least, if you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been blogging a lot lately, it’s that I’ve had my hands kind of full…

She’s not crying, just squirming a bit


4. Haha, just kidding, the baby isn’t mine. My cousin and his wife had a beautiful baby girl right before Christmas and I got to meet her when I was home. She’s a cutie and from what I could garner from the short time I was with her, a very well-behaved young lady.

I couldn’t resist posting this picture. This is baby H. with her uncle, my cousin M. Apparently, his arms are like magic, and whenever she’s crying he can make her stop just by holding her. Isn’t that the sweetest?

That’s all for now. What’s new in your life?