How I spent my summer vacation: The Work

Let’s get the not so fun stuff out of the way. I promise, the rest of my summer recaps won’t be so Debbie Downer.

Work has been, well, inSANE this summer. It started out all happy go-lucky; mainly because I chose to ignore my to-do list. April and May were filled with carefree days, evening walks, and a general lackadaisical attitude.

That behavior caught up with me along about 4th of July. For the past couple months, I’ve been pretty beaten down by both work hours and work politics. I’m consistently logging 50 hour weeks, on some projects that could have been fun, and some projects that are necessary — but mundane — time sucks.

Unfortunately, the projects that would normally be fun became some of the biggest nightmares I could have imagined.  I spent more of my time fighting with co-workers in an effort to prevent poor decisions instead of working with them in an effort to create compromise and good outcomes.  Usually, I lost the fights, leaving me feeling exhausted and useless. After all, if you’re just going to ignore my advice and do your own thing, why am I even there?

There’s been more than one night where both DD and I have dragged ourselves home after 8 or 9 p.m., flopped on the couch, looked at each other and said: “who gets to quit today?”

It’s not the best situation for our relationship, because we’re so exhausted that there’s not much time or energy left for us to take care of each other. Even our — well, my — communication revolves around all the work badness.

Luckily, I think I’m coming out of the woods. The to-do list is shrinking, and more exciting things are coming on the horizon.

But for now, I’m just making it through the days, keeping my weekends blissfully work-free, and looking forward to the few days that I can get away.

It’s just a bit depressing, because as we bear down on the last summer holiday, I wonder where my summer went.

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Filed under career, crazy crazy, DD (aka My Man), glass half empty, rambling nature, rants

3 responses to “How I spent my summer vacation: The Work

  1. It sucks when work sucks the life out of you. It’s one thing if it’s only temporary (even if it happens to fall over a summer); it’s another thing entirely when it becomes the norm. I was in a job like that once where it became the norm … and when I found another opportunity, I ran away as fast as I could!

  2. Oy, I’m sorry work has been such a drain on you! I’m glad there seems to be a break in the clouds though, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for happier work times 🙂

  3. Oh my, I definitely can relate to this. Honestly, this was me last summer. I was totally beaten down by my job and the long hours I was working. I blinked and it was June and then I did it again and it was August and I couldn’t really pinpoint where my summer went. It’s so sad. I’m sorry you’re in a similar spot. Hopefully you can take a day or two off to give you a break.

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