Self Care

Is 40 Days long enough for a grown up “time out?”

It’s been awhile since my last post. My calendar tells me that 40 days have lapsed. Even if you were to go way back to nearly forgotten eras when life moved syrupy slow and Blockbuster let you check out hot new VHS releases like “Back to the Future” for 2 days before charging late fees, a lot could happen in 40 days.

Some of these 40 day events were paradigm shifting. Noah endured a really long rain storm, and Phileas Fogg made it halfway through his trip around the world in 80 days. Others slip by with hardly any notice, including the lifespan of the female mosquito, which begins and ends in 40 days. (While it may not be relevant here, reminding new people you meet that females are the bloodsuckers, which allows them to live a lot longer than their docile male counterparts, makes for a great conversation starter.)

40 days is also traditionally considered the duration of a grown-up version of a meaningful “time out.” (Lent and our wait for the next season of Game of Thrones are good examples.) This is a time to step back from the busyness of life to reflect on our priorities, to focus on important relationships, and to fix our broken parts.

It would be a stretch to think that we’ve just completed a paradigm-shifting period. After all, it only rained a few times and our travel was limited to a few places in Europe. However, the past 40 days have absolutely been a necessary “time out.” Monica and I shared plenty of quality time together (probably as much as she can handle for a while), and I worked on fixing my broken parts. While one of the broken parts was a radiator that I broke trying to navigate the chaotic streets of Bucharest, most of my repair efforts were directed towards changing my attitude after my most recent funk. Too much time with “Eddie my inner editor” left me moody and pessimistic and intractable. Nobody likes that guy.


Throughout this self-imposed “time out,” I looked forward to returning to the you all here in the blogiverse. I wonder what you’ve been up to, where you’ve been, and who you met along the way. My mailbox is apparently telling me that you all have been busy. It’s gonna be great to catch up.

According to the rules, 25,000 unread emails is crazy. I’m not there yet, but I’m pretty close.


The secret to successful blogging is silence?

Even though I haven’t posted for 40 days, I managed to become famous. I was interviewed a few months ago by Mighty Blue, the host of a very popular podcast dedicated to hiking along the Appalachian Trail. In his podcast, he includes a segment called “Fear and Loathing.” He asks hikers to discuss the specific fears (and loathes?) they faced before their hike and how they overcame them. What should have been a short 10 minute interview became a 30-minute conversation about overcoming the extra weight of depression/anxiety/PTSD while tackling a 2200-mile hike. May sound dreary and maudlin, but Mighty Blue has an enviable way of bringing light into just about any conversation. And it isn’t entirely attributable to his British accent. The whole podcast is definitely worth a listen, but for those of you with really full schedules, the Fear and Loathing segment begins at 32:45.


Here’s the link to take you to the show: Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail Episode 31





  • Reply mydangblog May 4, 2017 at 10:35 am

    So happy you’re back!

    • Reply Gabriel May 4, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Thanks! It’s great to be back. Hoping this timeout fixed my attitude. Otherwise Monica says I’m grounded…

  • Reply allthethings3 May 4, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Welcome back. I’m in a sort of time out, too. I think I took on too much at once and once the excitement stopped fueling me, I crashed. I saw you posted though so had to check it out.

    • Reply Gabriel May 4, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Sure I can understand. It’s exhausting to stay ahead of the wave, but it’s an amazing rush isn’t it?

  • Reply thenuttybookblogger May 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

    As you were doing your 40 days- I moved from Ohio to FL back to IL in those 40 days. I love your loyalty and your words to inspire. Jackie

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 8:01 am

      wow Jackie, that’s​ A LOT of moving in just over a month. Makes me tired just thinking about it. I hope that the change in scenery triggered some meaningful growth as well (this is what I tell myself when we’re getting ready​ for big transitions).
      And thank you for coming back after my “timeout.” I’ll do my best to keep making it worth the trip.

  • Reply sandyjwhite May 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

    It’s good to see you back! I’m not sure I could recount
    what I’ve done these past 40 days. But I can always
    use “senior moments” as my reason.(ha!)

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Thanks Sandy, it’s great to be back. I hear you on the “senior moments.” While ​I’ve fostered a habit of regular journaling​ that helps me to relive the good (and not-so-good) stuff, I rely on an overly active imagination to help fill in any gaps (and to transform my belly back into a 3 distinct​ pairs of abs)

  • Reply the incurable dreamer May 4, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    GABE!!! Welcome back! It is so nice to see your name and read your words once again. I have missed you! I hope your time out recharged your positive batteries, and has provided you the strength you need to send Eddie packing! Later tonight I am going to listen to the podcast – I can’t wait. Thanks for sharing. Also glad to read that you and Monica shared some quality time and that you are still on speaking terms. Gabe…YOUR INBOX GIVES ME ANXIETY! Good luck with that! So happy you reappeared today! Welcome back my friend! 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 8:17 am

      I’ve missed you too Tanya! And I have to admit, if I had an applicable membership​, I’d submit Monica for sainthood, or at least a lifetime discount at McDonalds. OK the McDonalds thing would be more of a “me” gift, but still. She has dealt​ with an excessive amount of Gabe recently, and there is no evidence of a new drinking problem 😉
      And my inbox gives me anxiety too, but I’m already back down to under 20,000!

  • Reply emilypageart May 4, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Welcome back! And congrats on being famous. You should expect nothing less than free lattes from now on. 😉

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 8:19 am

      Thanks Emily! I’m pretty sure I’m only “hiker famous” so far. So no lattes. But I’m pretty sure I’ve still got a few Snickers laying around and we can share… if you let me have the first bite 🙂

  • Reply May 4, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Welcome back! And thanks for the view of your inbox – I feel so much better about mine.

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 8:25 am

      hehehe it’s the least I could after my extended hiatus. Thanks for stopping back by! It may be a bit before I’m able to catch up but I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s been going on in your neck of the woods!

  • Reply usathroughoureyes May 4, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Welcome back Gabe. You were missed. Time away is always good for the soul.

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Yes, it absolutely is. And I sure needed it. But I’ve missed ya’ll quite a bit and it’s great to jump back in.

      I also had the chance​ to finish a sketch that I think you both will enjoy. I’ll send it via email in the next day or 2.

      • Reply usathroughoureyes May 5, 2017 at 4:14 pm

        Gabe, we are so pleased with the sketch. What a gift you have in sketching. We feel so honored that you made the time to do something so special and selfless. You are an amazing man. Yes and Yes again to using it. Will it be okay for us to post it on our site too for all to see it’s beauty?

        • Reply Gabriel May 6, 2017 at 7:46 am

          Really glad you enjoy it, and absolutely, feel free to include it in your blog.

  • Reply Arionis May 4, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Great to see you posting again Gabe! I almost Facebook stalked you to see if you were OK. I will definitely be listening to that podcast. It sounds like it would be right up my alley. Don’t forget all us small cogs when you get rich and famous.

    • Reply Arionis May 4, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      OK, I just listened to your portion of the podcast and you were great! I could identify with many of the things you were saying. The AT is such a magical place for what ails me. Not because it’s easy, but because it is hard. (Sorry for plagiarizing JFK) I wish I could spend more time there, and one day I will, but for now I have to be satisfied with day hikes and weekend excursions. I will also be checking out the rest of Mighty Blue’s podcasts. It’s like ear porn (eww) for an AT enthusiast like me.

      • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 9:00 am

        I know right! Steve (Mighty Blue) is awesome. And glad you enjoyed, I enjoyed chatting with him too (and not just because it means I’m famous now). You’re also right about that certain something about the AT that brings out the best in us. But I’m finding that I can enjoy similar respite and perspective after a few days/weeks of hiking and I hope that the same will be true for you as well. (And I’m sure it will be as you find more suitable hiking trios to share the experience with next time 😉 )
        I’m still working on the sketch based in part on the photo from your blog. I’ll send you what I have thus far and let me know what you think…

        • Reply Arionis May 5, 2017 at 1:25 pm

          I replied to your e-mail but wanted to say something here so everyone can know… You are a rock star with those sketches! Totally blown away by what you sent me.

          • Gabriel May 6, 2017 at 7:33 am

            Cheers Ari! While I’m nowhere near rock star status, these sketches are a lot of fun to create, and I’m really glad you enjoy.

      • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 9:16 am

        and I neglected to mention earlier, feel free to stalk me on social media. I think you can click on any of the icons at the bottom to link up to the various social media accounts.

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 8:30 am

      hehehe if your a “small cog,” then that’s what I want to be when I grow up 😉

  • Reply Papa T May 4, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Hey There: A pleasant surprise to see your post. Almost exactly a year ago we were at Nantahala lodge. Should be out on the AT again this year in Virginia, but one of our pup’s needed ACL surgery and that killed the budget. Have to settle for some amazing day hikes here in Oregon. The sun made a re-appearance. All sorts of rain records this fall and winter.

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Isn’t it crazy how quickly time flies by! I remember you mentioning your pups need for ACL surgery. I hope it went well. And I’m sure Oregon is gonna provide you with some amazing day hikes. If you get pics I’d love to take a look.

  • Reply Barb Knowles May 4, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    How cool is this!

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 8:42 am

      hehehe I know right? Pretty sure “real” grown ups use words like hiatus and sabbatical, but I think “timeout” is more fitting in my case;)

  • Reply Writing to Freedom May 4, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Gabe, I’ve missed your posts and playful banter, and I’m glad you took time for yourself to reset and recharge. 40 days sounds like a good plan. Welcome back to the wacky wonderful weird world of wordplay on wordpress. XD

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Brad it’s great to be back. And I can only concede defeat in the face of a true master’s awesome literary display of alliteration;)

      • Reply Writing to Freedom May 5, 2017 at 7:38 pm

        Wow Gabe. I can’t believe you let me win with that feeble attempt. You must be tired or better priorities. 🙂

        • Reply Gabriel May 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

          hehehe Brad you’ve got me grinning again already. Cheers my friend!

  • Reply Didi May 4, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Welcome back.
    I’m glad you tood some time just for you and didnt feel the pressure ( or at least repressed that) to keep going on.
    I hope your break in things helped and you can continue your journey forward again.

    Take care

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Thanks Didi! It’s great to be back, and yes, looking forward to moving​ forward again!

  • Reply dave ply May 4, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Welcome back Gabe. Time out or no, I bet you’ve got some interesting stories. And when the lights dim, I’ll know you’ve deleted all those emails…

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 9:13 am

      hehehe so true on both counts Dave. A few interesting stories, and a huge power drain is looming as I face the daunting task of deleting a ridiculous number of emails without missing those gems I need to respond to.

  • Reply Camis May 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Gabe, I just listened to that interview. WOW! I imagine by now that you are quite aware that you are not alone in the world of depression, PTSD, veterans and medicine. It did break my heart just a little to hear you say that you used to be a doctor; even more than your reaction depression after your friend from military medical city here in the USA left the trail. Are you familiar with Pamela Wyble and her work on suicide in physicians and medical students? What I mean to convey is that you ARE a doctor and you do still practice. Alternative medicine, but good stuff. Like the shamans of old, you ventured out on your spirit journey to bring back the medicine that will help others find their spirit roads. Sharing that journey is very powerful medicine and it makes a lasting difference in the lives of those you touch, no matter their circumstances. So keep on trucking and PLEASE, do not feel required to respond! I have no wish to be the 25,000th unread email to be answered!

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 9:29 am

      hehehe I’m still chuckling at the last part of your wonderful comment. I’ll admit that ​avoiding 25,000 was a motivator to get back in the game 😉
      And you are right Camis on several counts. One of the reasons that I’ve committed​ to living “out loud” as much as I’m able is that I do believe that this may benefit​ others (and myself). And I’ve seen that the results can be very powerful.
      And when I Googled Pamela Wyble a link for this post was right below an interview that I’ll check out later. Thanks

  • Reply Di May 4, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Hello dear Gabriel!
    You don’t know how many times I thought about you and hoped you were spending some important time tending to yourself. It’s lovely that you missed us too. Thank you.
    A very welcome post from you and how wonderful to have been interviewed.
    I’ll certainly have a listen ????
    Best wishes from Di ?

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Thanks Di and I hope you do get a chance to listen. Mighty Blue (Steve Adams) puts together a great podcast and I’m honored to have been included.
      Really looking forward to seeing what’s​ been going on in your end of the world!

      • Reply Di May 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm

        Hello Gabriel,
        You are very welcome and I most surely did listen. I’m not familiar with the trail but I was utterly captivated by your journey. It was very touching and honest. I loved hearing you and now your written word will take on a whole new dimension. You spoke so well, may I say!
        Thank you for your lovely reply.
        See you soon my ‘little mate’ ???

  • Reply Bel May 4, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Once in a while, we all need to take a step back from life – from the world- to just breathe. “Sometimes what feels like breaking down is really just breaking free…” ? Let’s keep the faith! ?

    • Reply Didi May 4, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      These are such beautifull words. They are so yrue and so fit me right now. Thank you for sharing them.

      • Reply Bel May 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm

        Hi Didi! I tried clicking on your name to check out your blog and respond to you directly but I was unable to do so – I’m glad you were able to connect with my words. ❤

        • Reply Didi May 4, 2017 at 11:15 pm

          Hi Bel
          I dont have a blog yet. Trying to get started tho but find it kind of intimidating to start. Especially because i want to try and do it in English, not my native language.
          Ty for responding.

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 9:35 am

      I completely​ agree with Didi (as always 😉 ) Cheers!

  • Reply Maggie Wilson May 5, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Gabe: lovely to hear from you. Actually, very happy to hear from you. A highlight of my blogging day. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Thanks Maggie- that’s heady acclaim coming from you. It’s great to be back. Can’t wait to see what I’ve missed!

  • Reply Almost Iowa May 5, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Welcome back, Gabe!

    Only 40 days of timeout? Shucks, I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve been grounded for life.

    • Reply Gabriel May 5, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Greg! And I hear you. I’ve lost track as well, but I’m pretty sure Monica has grounded me from being grounded until I get my act together…

  • Reply Liesbet May 5, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Welcome back, Gabe! A lot can happen in 40 days, or little, as you said. Apparently, your inbox got seriously bombarded!! How will you ever get through all those messages? I have to keep it up every day, to scan about 100 or so, including house sit listings and blog comments I subscribed to. I am in awe that you managed to ignore the internet for 40 days and a bit jealous as well! Just great, and exactly what is needed for a “real break”. I hope to do this one day as well, when we leave the Western World again.

    My last 40 days contained of writing, taking care of an amazing dog, sightseeing during the weekends and then, towards the end, super busy times flying to the East Coast, doctors’ visits every day either for Mark or me (or both) and taking care of elderly in-laws who are selling their house (and our residence :-() and having a massive garage sale tomorrow.

    • Reply Gabriel May 6, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Liesbet! sounds like you’ve had an eventful 40 yourself. And it looks like the next 40 are going to be just as busy. Looking forward to catching up!

  • Reply cassie mary May 5, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Timeouts can be wonderful and as you said, absolutely necessary. Glad you were able to work on those broken parts for a bit, and very happy to see you back. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel May 6, 2017 at 7:35 am

      Thanks Cassie and its great to be back. Recharged and ready to plunge toe-first back into the deep end of the blogging pool (gotta make sure the water isn’t too cool first).

  • Reply Andrea Stephenson May 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Good to see you back and hopefully the time out has done you the world of good 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel May 6, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Thanks Andrea and I think I’ve learned my lesson (this time).

  • Reply Mick Canning May 6, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Hey, good to have you back. Forty days is more than enough.

    • Reply Gabriel May 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Thanks Mick!

  • Reply Buffy Devane May 6, 2017 at 6:53 am

    A much-welcome return!
    I’ve bookmarked Mr Adams’ podcast for a little later today when I’ve time to sit down with a cuppa. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel May 6, 2017 at 7:50 am

      Cheers Buffy! And pretty sure you’ll enjoy, Mighty Blue has that special something that really pulls an audience in. Was an honor to be included in the show.

  • Reply D. Wallace Peach May 6, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Seems like good timing to head over and see what you have going on, Gabe. I used to backpack for my summers but never trekked the Appalachian Trail. I find that the outdoors is still a great place to get “grounded” and find a bit of spirit as well. Time outs from blogging is a great idea as this virtual world can swallow us whole. Good for you for honoring your “real” life. 😀

    • Reply Gabriel May 6, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Wow! Hi D! Thanks for stopping by. Really looking forward to reading your novels.
      And you’re right, there’s danger of drowning in the deep pools of the blogosphere.

      • Reply D. Wallace Peach May 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

        I read your story Rainbow Man (I think that was the title). There was no place to like or comment so I was resigned to tweeting it. Wonderful story and awesome craft. You’re a skilled wordsmith. I’m looking forward to reading more. 🙂

        • Reply Gabriel May 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

          hehehe thanks for the dimly lit stroll through the archives. I’d nearly forgotten this piece. Glad you enjoyed and thanks so much for sharing.

  • Reply Val Boyko May 6, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Good to see you here again!

  • Reply Tara May 6, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Why, I was just thinking about you yesterday and here you are! Happy to *see* you. My 40 days have been filled with challenges (supporting others through theirs mostly). Hoping for a calmer 40 days ahead.

    • Reply Gabriel May 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Sometimes it’s even more challenging when the goal is to help others reach theirs. Hoping you get the chance to relax a bit in the next 40.

  • Reply Ann Coleman May 6, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Welcome back, Gabe! I’m glad your trip and hike was a good one. I just got back from a short trip (3 days), but I will watch the link as soon as I get back on track. As for the emails awaiting you, wow! I think I’d be tempted to just switch to a different email account!

    • Reply Gabriel May 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      hehehe I hear you on dumping email accounts. But I’m down to less than 10,000 unread emails already and the sense of accomplishment is (almost) as rewarding as spring cleaning the whole house. (Which is also on the to-do list 😉 )

  • Reply Akuokuo May 6, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    That was a great interview! Your honesty is awesome! That’s real medicine — true medicine. Thanks for sharing it. Sending you happy thoughts and wishing you all the best. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel May 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks so much! And I’m really glad you enjoyed the interview. It was such a treat to be on Steve’s show. He gets most of the credit for helping me share part of my story in a way that has the potential to bring some hope and inspiration.

  • Reply janetweightreed10 May 7, 2017 at 3:16 am

    HI Gabe….a wonderful post….and yes we all need time out….and 40 days does seem like a good period. I also believe that when we go to different places, our mental palette is cleansed allowing us to see more clearly people, places etc. that we often take for granted. Hope you continue to enjoy the benefits…..and happy weekend…janet 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel May 7, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks Janet! And you’re so right about resetting with a change of setting.

  • Reply twobrownfeet May 7, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    “Lent and our wait for the next season of Game of Thrones are good examples.” Couldn’t help laughing at this analogy. Getting back to blogging after a similar break was difficult for me. Looks like you didn’t have much trouble breaking the jinx of the virtual void. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel May 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Yay! It’s great to know you’re back, looking forward to heading over to your place to see what I’ve been missing. And I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one that enjoys a healthy pause as a means of keeping threats of blogging induced carpal tunnel at bay.

  • Reply Michelle Malone May 8, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    We’ve missed you, Gabriel. Welcome back.

    • Reply Gabriel May 10, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Thanks so much Michelle! It’s good to be back

  • Reply candidkay May 8, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    First of all, I agree–Eddie is a biyatch. Dump that guy:). And second, I love that doing what you had to do for you, the Universe took over and pushed your message out there even though it was a “timeout” period. That’s kismet. And I think it only happens to people who really care:).

    • Reply Gabriel May 10, 2017 at 8:25 am

      hehehe I agree Kristine. Eddie is a biyatch. And you gave me my first grin of the blogging day with your last point. Cuz I really do care. Cheers!

  • Reply desertcurmudgeon May 10, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Hey, Gabe. I didn’t receive the e-mail with the sketch, but I might have emptied my spam folder without even looking at what was in there. Can you re-send it when you get a chance? My e-mail is Thanks!

    • Reply Gabriel May 10, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      hehehe I hear you paul and I probably missed a few as i was sorting through my unread emails recently too. I’m totally bragging here, but I have 0…ZERO… unread emails right now. This is almost as awesome as celebrating Hike Naked Day.
      And I sent another email to the address above. Curious to know what you think.

  • Reply Sue Slaght May 10, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I think a time of disconnection can be a very healthy thing. Helps us reassess priorities and rejuvenate. We did an amazing kayaking trip off the coast of Baja Mexico last fall. Not even cell service. I vowed to make such a trip an annual outing.

    • Reply Gabriel May 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      While this timeout wasn’t quite as exhilarating (although we did visit a few cool spots around Europe), I think I wanna try your version next year. Kayaking near Baja sounds like a great way to get some sexy summer tan lines!

  • Reply Erik May 10, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Bucharest. I envy you. How fantastic that you’re making the choice to see the world as you are. I’m sure it does wonders for perspective.

  • Reply Amy May 10, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Welcome back, Gabe! I have been wondering about you. 40 days, that is a kinda of long. 🙂

    • Reply Gabriel May 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      It’s barely a blink of an eye in tree years though… 😉

  • Reply restlessjo May 11, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Hiya Gabe! 🙂 🙂 Amazing how swiftly 40 days and 40 nights go by (or how slowly if you’re trapped in them). I’ve been so self obsessed (being polite you could call it busy) that I forgot to notice your absence. I hope that you and Monica had a grand time around that funk, and I’m sure I’ll hear more. Wishing you well.

    • Reply Gabriel May 11, 2017 at 4:44 am

      That’s perfect Jo! There are sooo many places in this world and so little time to explore them all. Glad to see your still sharing your gorgeous Strolls through picturesque cities. We may have one or 2 contributions as well in the coming weeks.

      • Reply restlessjo May 11, 2017 at 11:24 am

        That would be brilliant 🙂 🙂

  • Reply Lignum Draco May 11, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Personal time is always a good idea.

  • Reply Jay May 11, 2017 at 11:44 am

    My 40 days have most involved watching a flood come and go, and worrying over my home. Hoping for a happier next 40.

    • Reply Gabriel May 18, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Yikes Jay! That puts my woes into perspective. I’ll be heading over to your blog soon to make sure the water levels have dropped, and that your next 40 are more tolerable.

  • Reply Tiny May 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Great to see – and hear – you’re back, Gabe!

    • Reply Gabriel May 18, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Thanks Tiny! I’ve been a bit slow to return to the groove, but I think I’m beginning to pop my head back up for some fresh air again. And it’s totally worth it!

  • Reply cracTpot May 19, 2017 at 7:05 am

    You seem to know a lot about about mosquitos. Are these the vampires you tried to convince Monica to help you hunt down in Transylvania?

    • Reply Gabriel May 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      hehehe nope, but I had plenty of opportunities to become intimately aware of the lives and habits of these nasty critters during my hike on the Appalachian Trail. [shudder]

  • Reply rgayer55 May 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    It was nice hearing your voice, Gabe. Congrats on the interview, and your 40 day sabbatical.

    • Reply Gabriel May 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      It’s almost not fair to pair my nasal-y banter against Steve’s sonorous British accent, but it was worth it.

  • Reply Sarah Ferguson and Choppy July 10, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Nothing wrong with a little time out now and then to refresh and recharge – better that than to get burned out and just give up entirely.

    • Reply Gabriel July 10, 2017 at 9:25 am

      So true. In the weeks since posting this, the benefits of taking a much-needed time-out have been so much fun to enjoy.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! And feel free to come on back anytime the mood strikes!

  • Reply adventuresofabusymomcom July 10, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Love this. You’re so funny!

    • Reply Gabriel July 12, 2017 at 9:07 am

      hehehe so glad you enjoyed! And hope you’re able to enjoy your own Adult Time-Outs.

  • Reply Becca Barracuda August 2, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    There are time outs that make us throw tantrums (waiting for Game of Thrones), and others, like yours, that help us heal. I recently took a time out from my novel writing. It wasn’t 40 days, but after two or three weeks without writing, I’m excited to hop back into it. I miss my characters!

    • Reply Gabriel August 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      I know this is a ridiculously late reply (real life has kept me pretty busy over the past few weeks-again), but I know what you mean about the excitement to jump back into writing. Its amazing to recognize how integral this writing thing becomes isn’t it?

      I haven’t worked up the courage to start writing anything longer than a short story thus far, I think I’m getting close. Until then, know that I’m super jealous of you;)

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