NYC Recovery

Things have slowed waaaaaay down since the little tractor that could hauled us up the hill. And I couldn’t be happier about it.

While my work life is still relatively bananas (shouldn’t everyone in the country be on vacation right now?!), everything else in my life feels like the volume dialed down from max down to about a four. I’m not sure why four is the number, but it just feels right.

I have to say that thing I’m most grateful right now is that I’ve been sleeping like a motherfucking feline (yeah, NOT a baby because…have you ever SEEN new parents? Babies clearly suck at sleep. Cats sleep two-thirds of their lives away, so they’re clearly the better metaphor) for the last 10 days and I couldn’t be happier about it.

In my list of what I won’t miss about NYC, I whined about how noisy it is. Most mornings for the last five years I’ve been woken up by myriad vehicular cacophanies before 7 am, among other sleep disturbances. I don’t think I truly realized how much more of a mutant this made me. I mean, I LOVE sleeping. And now that I’ve officially left I was able to recognize how sad and interrupted my log sawing has been for the last five years – I figured I’d just assimilate at some point and get used to it, but I never did.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.” Sleep also helps your brain form new pathways, improves learning, and lets your body heal. It keeps your immune system up and running and your hormones in check. I mean, come on, it’s amazing! In fact the more I read up on it the more I’m convinced I should just go back to sleep RIGHT NOW.

Life in general feels better when I’m well-rested. Combined with a desk set up right in front of a window with a view of colorful Cosmos, Swallowtail and Monarch butterflies, hummingbirds, goldfinches, Mourning doves, bumblebees, green grass, and forested hillsides, I am 1000% content with our life decisions at the moment.

A break before The Break

 

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Best office, ever.

I mentioned in my last post that the company I work for went fully remote at the beginning of the year. Our CEO decided to put an off-site employee retreat together in Antigua for the week, so despite everything we need to do before we hit the road in August (pack, figure out what to put in storage, figure out what to toss, get both vehicles road-ready, etc), it was basically impossible to say no to a week in paradise.

We’re staying in an amazing Villa in Willoughby Bay – technically it is hurricane season between June and November so in terms of tourist traffic it’s much slower, but the weather is amazing – we’re on the southeastern side of the island where there’s always a stiff moving breeze – temps are between 77° and 85° 100% of the time.

Travis was invited to come along as well so here we all are in paradise, having a lovely week working hard and playing hard. The villa has WiFi but it’s relatively inconsistent (think: LOTS of plugging and unplugging the router) but we got a backup connection thanks to the property manager. Afternoons have been punctuated with trips to several of the 365 beaches on the island – and PS, none of the beaches are private. Also, fun fact: Eric Clapton has a (massive) home on the island as well as a swanky rehab facility that we can see across the bay from our place.

We did a group sailboat trip on Sunday as a pre-workweek outing – we took a 39-foot single hull boat out for a little sail and some snorkeling. I saw a couple Eagle rays (probably one of the most amazing things in the ocean IMHO), a stingray, and a handful of sea turtles. It was heaven for me and feeling VERY lucky and grateful this week for the life I’ve managed to put together between my job and everything else.

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Honu! Sea turtles snackin’ on the grass.

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Eagle Ray! Love those spots.