Everything needs maintenance. Cars, appliances, skin, hair, friendships, marriages etc...require fine tuning occasionally to keep them running smoothly or to repair a minor ding, zit or misunderstanding. Women generally have a long list of maintenance activities, normally referred to as grooming. Somehow no matter how busy I seem to be, I manage to have manicured nails and toes, a good mix of highlights and plenty of mascara on. I have started to think about the other parts of me that need maintenance - some more than others. Keeping up on my relationships while I am 8,000 miles away from home proves to be challenging as I am normally ready to collapse from my day when it's time for a phone call home. Blogging helps, posting pictures on facebook is another easy way to be connected. All these items become "to dos" for me necessary for keeping myself presentable and on acceptable terms to those around me. I have realized lately that I have neglected the upkeep of myself in a few ways: exercise and hobbies. As Doug says, I need to give myself time to re-create with some recreation (what a wise guy). I am making some goals for year 2 in India and one of them will be at least 15 min a day of something non-work related (which includes home and kids). A walk with the dog, reading a new book, jumping on the treadmill, sun salutations or meditation seem like manageable ways to re-create. I will keep you posted and am hoping this puts more time and energy in my day.