You probably guessed it. Today was my downshift day and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
But wait a sec. What’s a downshift day Gav?
Well, it is a day that I don’t get paid and get a day off instead. Luckily, where I work allows us to go part-time if our line manager agrees. So I work a 9 day fortnight, do what I want, and take some of the load off Kim.
I figured that if you don’t ask, you don’t get. I certainly don’t miss the extra money, because we changed our lifestyle to have a lower cost of living.
Cheap Electricity, cheap food, living on a budget, and living within our means. Notice that I didn’t say tight budget because we just live with our budget, and change it as necessary. We have been living like this since January 2012 when I took the pay cut so we it is the norm for us now.
You can read about why I originally decided to downshift a bit over at the post titled; Downshifting. It is an interesting tale and worth a read.
Anyway, enough rambling. What did I do on my much valued downshift day?
- Up at 6.30am to feed the chooks,
- Watered the garden with tank water,
- Moved the grey-water hose to the next tree,
- Talked to the chooks. They didn’t talk back,
- Made four 1.2 kg batches of soap with Kim as demos for Advanced Soap making course. She did talk back,
- Had a meeting with Kim about soap making products for the shop,
- Visited the hardware store to pick up some more Caustic soda,
- Watched the latest episode of The Walking Dead over lunch,
- Moved old files off Kim’s old laptop to her new PC.
- Fixed the inkjet printer,
- Wrote the course notes and outline for day 2 of Blogging for Beginners,
- Fixed an issue with the shipping configuration of the Little Green Workshops shop,
- Printed and made booklets for blogging course,
- Taught the second 3 hour session of the Blogging for Beginners course,
- Wrote a blog post!
Phew, I am worn out. I love my downshift day.
I think I need another downshift day to get over my busy downshift day!