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But I recently had time off (furlough) and was amazed at how enjoyable it was. Just did simple things - chores, walking, actually chatting with neighbors who were out and about etc.

In 1989, I had a back injury. I ended up on and off work for nearly a year, working part-time for a while. I loved working part-time, since I had more spare time for the things I liked to do.

About a year after I was back full time, I asked if working part-time was a possibility. After a bit, my boss said it was OK. I ended up working part-time from 1993 to 2006 (when they wanted me to come back to work full time). Over most of that 13-year period, I was only working 20 hours per week (the minimum I could go and still keep my benefits).

I often took 2-week vacations, using only a week of vacation time from work, because I could concentrate hours on the days just before and after the vacation.

I was lucky to have such a nice setup.
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