This is not my style. I usually leave the place a walking disaster. Just ask my parents, they lived with it for 18 years. I'm talking funky undies in a heaping pile and crunchy dishes in the sink. This is me trying out my not be so messy goal for 2010, I feel so accomplished - ha. :)
I think mentally I need some time away as well. This may seem odd since I just had Christmas and even a day off for New Years, but a scenario today at work made me pause, laugh at myself, and say "I think it's good I'm going away!" Here's the scene.
We had a departmental meeting today at 10:00 (On FaceBook and Twitter of all things...this in itself made me in a shnarky mood knowing that I would be chuckling at all of the [older] generation of coworkers looking dumbfounded about tweets, FarmVille etc. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed.)
Ok, so I saw someone headed to the meeting at 9:50 - - 9:50?!? I was shocked. Then I asked myself, was ten minutes early that unreasonable, but in our culture, it is. Here's the thinking that is never spoken but strictly adhered to:
10 minutes is too early, this sends the message that you don't have enough to do. Plus I have to add that it can be awkward because no one else except the meeting organizer is there.
Coming exactly on time or after is just considered disrespectful or rude.
5 minutes is ok, but it's still pushing the too early mark.
That leave 3-2 minutes the ideal arrival at a meeting time. This way you can pleasantly chat to the coworker next to you, and with that, the meeting starts.
This is when I decided that I needed to get away for awhile. Every work environment has it's social norms, but I think I need to chill out from mine for a week. The Pohlkotte norm is much less structured, even down right weird, and I love it.
I'm sure when we get back I'll have plenty of pictures and stories to share. I can't wait!