Time out

I did the unthinkable yesterday… I downed tools and took the evening off. Well, half the afternoon and the evening to be exact. What did I do with such unaccustomed luxury, you may ask? Something excitingly unusual? Something surprisingly novel? Yes!

I did… nothing.

I know. Dereliction of duty. Desertion.

Mea culpa… guilty as charged.

Not only did I do nothing, I did it on the sofa with my dog. For hours.

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I’ve been tired lately. Not just your ‘get a couple more hours sleep’ tired, but sort of weary , exhausted tired. By ten past three yesterday afternoon the urge to sleep was overwhelming. I had a coffee, did some housework and tried again… still sleepy. So just for once I threw in the metaphorical towel, snuggled up with Ani and had a siesta.

She couldn’t believe her luck… mid afternoon snuggles? On the rare occasions where we just curl up together, Ani likes to lie across the sofa back with her nose in my shoulder and one paw touching… possibly to make sure I don’t escape. Who knows how long that would have lasted, but she also likes to keep watch on the street, guarding my slumber… and alerting me to passing dogs by using me as a launchpad to reach the window in double quick time.

Duly woken I fed and walked her while a baked potato did its stuff in the oven. Rather than eating at the keyboard, I answered messages then we curled up again on the sofa, this time with dinner and a film. Eating on the sofa is interesting as Ani still adopts her preferred perch on the sofa back, but at such times her head is on my shoulder, her nose inches from any morsel that attempts to make its way from plate to mouth, with the occasional dribble of drool trickling down my neck; my half of the tin of tuna apparently proving irresistible.

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Okay, I couldn’t resist checking messages when I took the plate to the kitchen… answered a couple… then resumed my evening of indulgence. In a spirit of decadent excess, when the film had finished, I watched another.

Oddly enough, my mind was buzzing with ideas… none inspired by the films which were deliberately lightweight. Okay, children’s films, let’s be honest here. A quick catch up on the emails, then I took a book to bed and managed half a page before I was asleep.

The computer, sulking perhaps for my desertion and lack of attention, refused to start this morning at five when I gave up and got up. Since then getting into my email account has been hit and miss, attended by a series of error messages. I left it to sort itself out while I walked a black dog in the darkness, then back to get ready for work.

Do I feel less tired today? No. I have a fair bit of catching up to do too. Do I care? No. I may even do it again… Sometimes you just need to take time out and few things beat snuggling up with an ecstatic small dog.


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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58 Responses to Time out

  1. Éilis Niamh says:

    Glad you took some time for yourself! Sounds relaxing and wonderful.


  2. Ani is wise in the ways of the snooze 🙂


  3. jenanita01 says:

    something must be going on, every one seems to be taking time out! Personally, I think a little bit of ‘me’ time is valuable, in as much as you get the chance to let your mind think all by itself. And its surprising what it comes up with, too…


  4. Loved this – and your dog is so gorgeous! A great reminder of the importance of listening to that kind of tiredness – and we can only enjoy doing nothing, when we so often do everything…then there’s really nothing like doing nothing:-) Blessings on the care free catching up. Hugs, H xxx


  5. ksbeth says:

    yes, it is certainly the most important task on our agenda at times – letting ourselves relax and do nothing )


  6. denis1950 says:

    Hanging out exclusively with your dog is the ultimate best use of your time.


  7. I feel like saying congrats on having a day of nothing. Those seem to be incredibly rare for people.


  8. Sue Vincent says:

    I agree… we seem to fill every waking minute… then wonder why we’re tired!


  9. sknicholls says:

    Love that snuggle pic. 🙂 Happy dog. Happy human. Both content.


  10. Without downtime once in a while, you wouldn’t keep up… with keeping up. Glad you rested. 🙂


  11. evelynralph says:

    Due to a new medication which effects were not described to me, over this last weekend, I have lslipped into slumber, many times. I have felt depressed ( not normally me), cried over something stupid, had a stressful phone call, then went to visit rellies. Much better with rellies. However, it carried on through Sunday and it was not until Monday evening that my daughter mentioned the aforesaid medication, for a Trapped nerve in my neck!
    A light bulb sprang into full illumination.! Next day, I rang my pharmacist who agreed that those symptoms were indicative of that medication, designed to relax the muscles, differently in people. I took just half of one tablet that night and slept from midnight to 4.50 a.m., more than usual in one go. So you see, I involuntarily took some time off myself over around 4 days. Good for you. Take a break, a good break when you feel the need.


  12. Ani has the right idea! What a snuggler! Tell her her friend Elijah doesn’t snuggle often, not a lap cat, but will be front and center in the lap if he gets stuck outside for more than an hour. And he drools, too.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Ani says I have to apologise and tell you she doesn’t drool… she objects to the term severely. And unlike Elijah she would love to be outside all day… unless there is tuna… or cheese… 😉


  13. barbtaub says:

    Who knew that watching two movies constitutes the “spirit of decadent excess”? Sounds like you are smart to listen to your body (and your incredibly adorable dog!) and give yourself some down time. You’ve certainly earned it!


  14. a beautiful indulgence of love and serenity and a caress for each of the senses. What could be better for the soul?


  15. Adrian Lewis says:

    Yes, definitely, sometimes we just need to take time out – that’s something to hold very hard onto! Adrian


  16. socialbridge says:

    Sue, I’m beginning to feel like a complete lay-about after reading this post. I’ve no qualms whatever about having siestas. Maybe it comes from my mother who had a siesta every day of her long life and made no apology whatsoever for it ~ why should she?

    Hope you make a habit of it!



  17. Ali Isaac says:

    Its all these 5am starts… no wonder you’re worn out!

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  18. I so understand this. Willie, Chewie, and Gabby love it when it is just us four, um five counting the turtle, and I knit with an old movie on. There are legs and heads everywhere and they have the most perfect naps. It is so relaxing, and so needed, even though I don’t do it as much as I should for my health and for the dogs. Glad you did. Keep it up – everything will come out in the wash, as my Mommy used to say.


  19. jsackmom says:

    I love this and for good measure I’ve spent these deliciously, decadent, days doing nothing in my *gasp* pyjamas. 😉


  20. Eliza Waters says:

    So glad to hear that you are human like the rest of us – lol! You are so go-go-go and produce heaps of work, it seems a miracle what you get done. I’m glad you gave in the urge and got a few winks. Your body is telling you what it needs, good of you to heed it!


  21. supernova1c says:

    Good for you Sue, it’s great to take step back and just do nothing, snuggling up to the dog is super comforting 😀


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