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...with whomever you want, where would you be and who would you be with? (late)

Written last night, but unposted because LJ was down.

Well, first I need to explain for context that I am exhausted beyond coherence at the moment. That's no surprise - it's been a very tough term, and I knew that at the time. I'm pretty sure I have adrenal burnout - it would be surprising if I didn't, really. Certainly, I feel physically leaden and just like curling up in bed all the time, and mentally dull-witted and utterly incapable of making plans, organising what I want to do with my work or anything like that. Again, no surprise. In simple, human terms, I have had my efficiency, motivation and intellectual engagement cranked up to the max for the past three months. Of course there's nothing left.

Anyway, this means that basically my vision for an ideal holiday currently revolves around the maximisation of opportunities for rest, relaxation and recuperation - with a little dusting of Christmassy goodness on top. I see some sort of hill-side lodge, surrounded by pine trees and snow (of course!). On offer in the premises are hot tubs, comfortable sofas and arm-chairs next to a roaring fire, a plentiful supply of good books and DVDs (with a lovely big telly to watch them on), and huge warm soft beds which feel like nests for hibernating animals - and which there is no particular reason to get out of in the morning. The place is kitted out with appropriate Christmas paraphernalia, including a tastefully-decorated tree with lots of presents underneath it.

In the surrounding area is beautiful winter scenery - snow-drifts, frozen streams, hedgerows full of holly, etc - which might be explored during pleasant wintry walks. But it can all be seen perfectly clearly from balconies and large plate-glass windows in the lodge anyway, and no-one is pressuring me to actually go on a walk. It's just a thing that's available for the doing if I decide one day that I feel like it. Similarly, there is a stack of sledges in an outside shed, some ice-skates and a suitably-frozen pond to use them on, and a cheery village complete with a traditional English pub in the valley just below the lodge. But no obligation whatsoever to make use of them.

The lodge is staffed by quiet, undemanding, efficient people, who just run the place smoothly and without issue. They don't insist on being able to come in to clean my room at a certain time each day - they just slip in magically while I'm not in it. They are totally happy to serve up meals at whatever time I feel I want them. They keep hot-tubs bubbling, fires burning and beds plumped up at all times, without me having to ask for anything. Trained experts are on hand to administer gentle soothing massages and other relaxation / beauty treatments whenever they are required, and the kitchen staff are Michelin-starred chefs. They will, of course, serve up the best Christmas dinner I have ever experienced on the day itself.

As for people to share this with me, I think if I can only have one person, it would be my sister. But this is a lodge, with plenty of rooms presumably. So I could very easily come up with a list of about ten or so friends - some ones I see regularly anyway, others I don't - whom I would also like to be there. We'd all go with the shared assumption that when we wanted each other's company, we would find each other in the public lounge, hot-tubs, dining room etc, but that anyone who preferred quiet and solitude would be very welcome indeed to pursue it. Each room would be equipped with its own fire-place, arm-chair, television, dining-table and jacuzzi-bath as standard anyway, and people would bring portable massage-tables up to your room at the simple push of a button if you wanted one.

So - who's coming to my fantasy lodge, then?

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venta
Dec. 19th, 2012 10:24 am (UTC)
So - who's coming to my fantasy lodge, then?

Well, I think I'd kind of miss Christmas with my family, so I'll be heading to Darlington for that. But y'know, in the gap between Christmas and going back to work... if there's space on your guest-list, book me a room, please! It sounds brilliant :)

I've not actually heard of adrenal burnout before, but it sounds like exactly the symptoms I've been grumbling about for a week. Only, in my case, without any real cause. I think I shall diagnose myself with the slightly-less-scary-sounding "just a bit run down" and hope that some pleasant (though less idyllic-sounding than the above) lazing over Christmas will fix it.
strange_complex
Dec. 19th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Adrenal burnout is just a posh name for 'knackered after working too hard', really, but it does help me to understand why I feel quite so pants, even now a good ten days after I finished teaching for the year. I'm sure most of us have it just from the general grind of working hard all year by the time Christmas rolls around.

Sadly, according to pretty much every article I've ever read about it, the cure is basically just 'rest up!', which a) I knew, b) isn't always possible and c) seems to take rather a long time to achieve any noticeable effect.
venta
Dec. 19th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
the cure is basically just 'rest up!'

Yes, I noticed that! Like all those pages of stress-reducing advice which basically boil down to "don't do stressful things" and "try not to get stressed". Decent advice, but something that you'd think most people would have tried if it were viable :)

It does sound like this term has been particularly gut-grinding for you, though, so I hope Christmassy cheer tops your batteries up (or lets your adrenals have a nap, to taste).
foxy76
Dec. 19th, 2012 10:36 am (UTC)
The fantasy lodge sounds awesome!

I hope you get lots of rest and relaxation over the break xx
ms_siobhan
Dec. 19th, 2012 10:41 am (UTC)
It sounds delightful - can me and Mr Pops reserve a room?

Hope you get lots of rest and recuperation over the next few days.
huskyteer
Dec. 19th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
There are of course huskies? In which case, count me in.
strange_complex
Dec. 19th, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
I think on the same no-obligation basis as the sledges, ice-skates and bracing wintry walks, we can allow huskies. They can't really come in the lodge, as I am hideously allergic to dogs, but I think they would be fine in their own purpose-built out-building.
whatifoundthere
Dec. 19th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
I love this whole series of posts, but I think I love this one most of all! Your understanding of the need for socializing AND the comfort in solitude is so rare.

I know we only met once and that was more than six years ago, but if there's room for me at the inn, I'd love a space :D
strange_complex
Dec. 19th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, what a lovely comment! Yes, of course you can come to my inn. :-) I am hoping it won't be quite as snowy as the one in your picture, though, which looks like it has a giant marshmallow on top of it!
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