We have been planning a vacation since the first glimmer of heat came to Austin. For years, from 2005 to 2007, Hubs and I took honeymoons, promising that we could recharge our batteries and restore our sanity by going somewhere, anywhere, every year…if funds permitted. We took a break in trips when we bought a house in 2008. The next year, I lost my job and got preggo with EB, so that year was skipped, too. 2010 was our first year as parents, but we did take a road trip to Santa Fe with my in-laws. 2011 was a trip to Seattle and PacNW with Eebs. 2012, I was preggo with Ans, but we took a babymoon back there, just missing my cutoff to see my first gay wedding of dear friends.
Here we are in 2013 – we’ve been in the throes of making our company work. Not just work, I should say…rock. I made an internal promise after finishing my 2nd stint with SXSW that I wouldn’t put my precious “spare” time into anyone else’s business during our down time and instead, make sure we didn’t have down time ever again. So far, I have been extremely busy. Which is great. I do not understand how to fit a 20 hour workweek into Ans’ naps without making my house explode with DIRTY, but I’m at least doing my part. More designs have come my way this summer than since we started the business 1.5 years ago. We have referrals, actual referrals from happy clients. It feels like we’re doing something right. So I want to keep my promise even though it means keeping our eggs in one basket.
So if there’s no lull in business – how do we take a vacation?
We did our best to tie up loose ends but still make ourselves available to clients and employees. Our vacation turned away from dreams of a cruise (one daydreamy afternoon of googling) and it turned into possibly going to the beach for a weekend. We even wondered about a quick trip back to Seattle or Santa Fe. Then it keep getting smaller and closer to home. This would be a staycation and we’d spend whatever money we’d saved into finishing the office in back, which we call The Institute. This post shows what it looked like in November of 2011; this is what it looks like now:
Not much has happened, as you can see. We spent day one of our staycation moving all of our office stuff either inside our house for the time being or into a storage unit. One of our employees started on sanding the beams and whitewashing the ceiling while we took a long weekend out in the hill country visiting both sets of grandparents. Fun was had, naps were enjoyed, and both girls got extremely sick.
I am only moderately recharged, but we both got the inevitable work calls and emails over the 5 days in the hill country. There was no turning completely off. And now that we’re back, I still have Ans during the day, with the exception of a sick EB home today. I work from home so being home with no one to give me a shower break or the luxury of one more hour of sleep in the morning is out of the question. Bye bye, vacation. I’ll dream of you next year.
I know Hubs doesn’t have it any easier – he’s straight up hard-labor working all week on the Institute, welding a desk and putting in flooring, while still making sure the wheels of the business are moving. We even somehow arranged for design hours/admin work to take place this week. Some vacation, Intertron. I need a massage.
And so, I have been blogging less and less recently. I apologize. If I could fit in more than a photo + #something clever on FB or Instagram, I’d be all up on that. So far I can do no more than document existing. Here is some of that proof that we exist. You can follow me on Instagram at ISWTGblog if you haven’t already.
See you guys on the flip side – maybe I’ll have a sec to post again since I’m technically supposed to be taking it easy this week. Fingers crossed!