5 Things Worse than Going Back to Work After the Holidays

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Monday, January 05, 2015
I hope you've all had your morning coffee, because by now I'm sitting in my cubicle, shuffling through the dozens of emails I got over the past two weeks, trying to get my desk in order, and pretty much dying to be back at home in my yoga pants watching Supernatural.

Sadly, the holiday season is over. Unless you're a genius (like I am!) and took a few days off at the end of this week, you're in for probably one of the toughest weeks of work ever. Why is it that coming back after a holiday is so often miserable? It's not even the work that piled up while you were gone that's tough. I think it's the fact that you're no longer allowed to wear sweatpants for ten hours during the day watching hours of random shows on Netflix. I think it's that you can no longer stay up late watching silly movies or drinking holiday cocktails with old friends. I think it's just that general sadness that the Christmas trees are being taken down, decorations are being packed up and tucked away in attics and closets, not to be seen until next December.

And so, in order to make Monday easier for all of us, I've come up with a list of ten things that could be way worse than having to go to work this morning. These events may or may not be based on real events.

1. Slipping on ice in front of a group of strangers while trying to bring in the last load of groceries with your dog on a leash. 
2. Getting in line behind someone for gas and waiting for fifteen minutes before realizing that this person is not pumping gas at all, but just standing with the pump in hand. 
3. Waking up early on a Saturday morning to go to the grocery store, filling up the whole cart with delicious meals for the next two weeks, only to realize you left your wallet in your gym bag which is currently at home, next to the laundry basket.
4. Finding an amazing show on Netflix, powering through each episode, being absolutely shocked by an amazing season finale, only to find out that the show was cancelled and you'll never know what 'The Event' was.
5. Your ridiculous dog suddenly deciding to sing you the song of his people right around two in the morning when you know you have to wake up very early to prepare for an important meeting the next day.

Happy Monday!
1 comment on "5 Things Worse than Going Back to Work After the Holidays"
  1. #3 is a very real fear of mine!!!

    PS. You are a total genius for taking time off at the end of this week. I am going to copy that strategy if I ever find myself back in the non-academia world!


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