I woke up early this morning. It don't need an alarm clock since I have the puppy in a crate. He lets me know when I should get up and take him for a walk. After I walked him, I fed both dogs and took them out again in the rain. Then, I made the mistake of sitting down to drink some coffee. The puppy crawled into my lap and promptly fell asleep. Sitting there listening to him snore and the rain hitting the roof was so relaxing. I have always struggled with the balance between work and play. Play being anything other than work. When I was much younger, older people would tell me that there would come a time in which I would wish I had taken more time to enjoy myself. I laughed. When all of my friends were having good times, I was working. As a teenager, I was spared all of the stupid things everyone else does simply because I didn't have enough hours in the day to do them. I have tried to strike a better balance in life but it is so hard. I have reached an age now where I can see the fruits of my labor. That makes me think it was worth it. Dw is the same way. She spent many hard years in school training for a career in a male dominated position. She was told many times it was not the place for a girl. We get along so well because we both are very serious people. The time I have spent on this site is more than I have spent doing anything outside of work in many years. I hope, as I get older, I can continue to incorporate more things that I enjoy doing. Maybe this is the first step.