***excuse me one minute while I scream***
Holy shit; this month has been awful. My coworkers are blaming the massive shitstorms at work on the month. I don’t know what is different about this month versus February in year’s past, but I am one step away from losing my shit. Work is giving me no room to breathe right now, and on Friday, I voluntarily added to my workload on a permanent basis. I have no excuse other than I am a glutton for punishment or am too damn agreeable when it comes to working scenarios. It could be worse. So far, I am avoiding bringing work home to do in the evenings. Jim, however, is not so lucky and is putting in at least one to two hours on his laptop once he gets home. Even Holly is feeling the strain right now in spite of her many snow days with some major project work due and a dance schedule that is not conducive to studying.
It didn’t help that we started the work week – Holly and I – on a severe sleep shortage and supremely unprepared for the week having arrived home from the dance convention/competition around 11:30 PM thanks to more crappy weather in the form of freezing rain. By the time we both unpacked our suitcases and packed our bags for Monday, it was well after midnight. For my part, I struggled to settle down after the drive and stayed up to read while Holly had to take a shower to wash off the dance sweat and stage makeup. I don’t think either one of us was asleep before 1 AM, which is not how you want to start the week. I came home to a dirty house with a full laundry basket and no groceries in the pantry too, which put me even farther behind for the week. I feel like I have been running since Sunday night and have not stopped for a rest since then as I strive to catch up on chores, errands, email, work, bills, mail, and everything else that keeps us busy. Oh, and taxes. I still have those to do too.
Someday, I will post more than these quick updates. Unfortunately, I am struggling to find time to read or to be able to concentrate when I do read. It means I am reading one or two pages before falling asleep, which means it is taking me much longer than normal to finish a book, so I don’t have a lot of backlogged reviews to write. I guess that is the silver lining in all of this. Of course, I would rather be reading up a storm but this will pass. It always does. It might not pass for a few months or even until Holly turns sixteen in just over a year, but it will pass. (Just call me Suzy Sunshine here!)
I hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend and wish everyone a stress-free work week, and I hope to see you all back here next week!
Here are past posts from the last few weeks in case you missed them the first time:
Holy hell, you’ve had a hard time of it! Your frustration over work is jumping off the page at me. I am so sorry. Why did you voluntarily add to your pile? I know it’s sometimes easier to take stuff on than show someone else how to do it or to do it over because someone messed it up. You know a little about my work situation and it’s not pretty at all but so far, I am managing okay.
We took a break from community theatre this Spring and it’s really lightened up the load all around. SO glad for this break. She is still in a show and all the other stuff but one show is doable. Now my son is in a show too but he handles all that stuff on his own of course so it’s quite different.
It took me until now to respond so I hope by the end of this week you’ve gotten a little bit of this crazy under control.
Considering how long it took me to respond to your email and this comment, you already know the crazy did not settle down for another month. I feel like I am no longer drowning, which is a tremendous feeling. I am still putting in way too many hours with almost no break during the day, but I believe I am taming the work beast one day at a time. Maybe.
I’m sorry to hear work is so stressful. You haven’t gotten a break in awhile!! I hope this week is a little better and you feel like you can catch up somewhat. Even some downtime to read would be nice! Sending you some positive vibes, Michelle.
Thanks, Brandie. Work is slowly settling into a more normal pace, and dance is what dance is. We are almost halfway through the regional season, so the end is in sight!
Work is the worst. My job has been pretty brutal this year so far too. I try not to bring it home with me, but I often find myself staying late so I don’t have to, which probably isn’t much better than bringing it home. :-/ It definitely cramps my reading style when all that energy goes to work and then everything else I have to do on fumes. Hope things chill out for you soon!
Yes, I have been going into work early and staying late because I do not want to work from home. I see my husband do it, and I know what type of mood he is in when he does so, and I want nothing to do with it. I do believe that work might be settling down finally, but I am afraid to say more if it does not.
Oh my gosh, poor you! I’m sorry you’re having such a crap February, and I am going to keep a good thought for things to ease up on you sooner than you fear.
Thanks, Jenny! It may take another month or two before I am entirely out of the woods, but things are finally looking a bit better at work.