Monday, April 27, 2009

A Job and a Half

Life is exhausting these days. Every workday I get up, drive across town to my Census job, put in 8 hours there, race across town to my second job (scoring tests at Pearson), put in 4 hours there, and then I hurry myself home (before I collapse) and unwind for about one hour before going to bed. This schedule has made me so tired that I spent 12 hours in bed on Saturday night.

Don't get me wrong, I like what I'm doing at Pearson. I'm just not as young as I was the last time I worked a string of 12 hour shifts. But scoring tests is fun and I feel like I might be making a difference in a child's education. The pay isn't bad either. It's temporary work. This project is till mid May, so about 4 weeks.

When I originally agreed to take a night shift at Pearson I was told 2 weeks. That changed on the first day of training. For a while I thought about only doing the 2 weeks I'd agreed to, we have that option, but then I heard from HR at the Census job that we may be down sizing the office where I work in a month. So when I told Sandi not to let me talk myself out of the 4 weeks of extra pay, I guess God was listening in. Four weeks working 12 hours sounds pretty good right now. It also means that I'll have possible day projects to fall back on if the Census job lays me off for a bit.

Because all my weekday evenings are filled I've missed 1 choir practice and will miss several more. That bums me out because I like having something social and vocal to do once a week. The choir director just added in several new pieces to our notebooks. I don't know when they are going to be performed and we move through them really quick. Hope I have several weeks to practice on them but probably not.

Sunday I did the bare minimum at church. Usually I go early to see if I'm needed for anything at the early service, have breakfast in the fellowship hall, make choir practice prior to service, and then church and home, after a short stop in to coffee hour. This time I cut the early service out. I've also asked for a sub for this Wednesday night when I'm on the schedule to be Lay Minister at the Healing Eucharist. No can do when income calls. I wish it were the other way around as I get much more from church, but I really think God has put this job in my life for a reason, so maybe it's time to learn a bit of time management.

When my friend, JS, sent me a blank time schedule out of some book she was reading it had something called "sharpening the saw" on it. She explained that was for rest or training. What ever it took to get you back on track and working better than the long hours had dragged you down to. Sunday could have been such a day and to a certain extent it was, but not as much as I wanted it to be. When I entered the sanctuary for choir practice I looked out the back windows. There were two guys walking around the labyrinth towards the gardens. That was when I noticed that they were in full bloom. Suddenly I no longer wanted to be inside. Instead I yearned to be outside getting down close and personal with those flowers. Sigh! I elected to be responsible and stayed inside for choir. Then I went home to call Mom and do the house keeping chores. What a loss! I won't have time to go back there till this weekend. I'm going to have to remember to pack my camera in whatever I use to haul a journal and purse around in because I definitely want to capture those blossoms. Last year I took some pics of the garden at the back of the church. I think it has expanded and someone has planted different flowers this year. If I'm supposed to learn something from all this more than busy time, maybe one of the things I need to learn is how to take those moments when they happen and also keep a fast and furious pace when necessary. That makes me look forward with joy and also the feeling of being challenged. All prayers gratefully accepted.

Peace! Hope! & Joy!

14 comments:

Double-Dolphin said...

I don't know where you find the energy! I have one job, and that's all I can manage! Huff puff!

murat11 said...

Lee, good luck to you in finding the balance of rest and joy in the current flurry. I, too, noticed how wonderful the garden is these days: it feels like the spirit of our beloved Anne, who had tended the garden for so many years, before passing on to the heavenly gardens...

Lee said...

Hey Double-Dolphin,

I don't know how I have the energy either. I just try to dress comfortably as the dress code allows and drink lots of tea/coffee.

Peace!

Lee said...

Thank you Paschal! I'm glad Anne's spirit lives on in our garden. I bet she is communing with the other saints as they gather there.

Cheers!

jsd said...

take care of yourself and I hope the census job doesn't cut people back. i look forward to pictures of the garden!

Merisi said...

I hope you will be able to recharge over the weekend, making time for yourself, smell the flowers in the sun! :-)

Cheffie-Mom said...

I hope you are able to get some rest! Blessings!

Seamus said...

Such a busy schedule! I do hope you get to commune with the blossoms though!

Seamus said...

Lee ~ the breed is Bernese Mountain Dog - buffledog is the alias I used for my first berner at the blogs beginnings - actually it was "Bucolic Buffledog".

Elia Penn said...

I learned a kind of nifty trick, that helped me find 15 mins of time for myself I didn't even know I had! Draw a circle (use a plate), grab a straightedge and divide the circle. when complete, each pie shape is 15 minutes, or 30 -whatever you choose. Color it in with where your time goes, sleep, work.I found 15 minutes I didn't know I had. It's a cuppa, or standing outside, or wriggling my toes...point is, it's mine.

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Count Sneaky said...

The Count wishes he had half of your energy and drive and he wishes you all the energy and inspiration you need in life. I will be off my blog for a week or so starting next week. I have to have a spinal-fusion operation to continue to be able to walk. Be back on blog then for rhe recuperation when I continue my career as a marathon runner!
Yeah. Uh, huh. Count Sneaky

Cheffie-Mom said...

Hi Lee, I'm just dropping by to say hello. I hope you are doing well. Debbie

Anna said...

Wow that is lot of work. Sometimes I feel like crushing to bed to for 24 hours, lol. Anna :)