Slave angie has come down with an ear infection and sinus infection. We’re both still recovering from the crazy two weeks as well as event drop.
We were talking about it this morning, and we had been in some form or shape of contest-prep for about a year. We were awarded IL Master/slave 2013 in September 2012. We started preparing in earnest for GLLA 2013 in about April/May of 2013. After we were awarded Great Lakes Master/slave, that left 6 months to prepare for International and we pretty much took up that entire time. In some way, we’ve been in that mental state for about a year. And then… one night, it all changes.
So we’re shifting around, getting a ton of sleep and preparing to drop off-grid for a sorely needed two day break. It is one of those things that we promised ourselves, that we would schedule “us” time every 4 to 6 weeks. It is sacred and can only be broken for emergencies. We’ve kept to that pretty well.
That is one of the things that we’ve done well, taking care of each other, setting up spaces for ourselves to have “us” time – not just the windshield time, but to have time alone to ourselves. Of course, when we’ve been traveling, a good chunk of that ends up being sleep, but we get to reconnect and re-energize in some play and connect time.
It’s easy enough to fall into patterns of work and other things to fill time, and then look and say “Oh damn, it’s been 6 months since we had some alone time.” We made that mistake a few times while figuring out what M/s would look like for us. We learned that the re-connect time was so important to either avoiding those ebbs, or helping us to climb back out of the ebb.