Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A day for the boy, a day for me

I have Thursday and Friday off this week. And, boy, do I need it! The last two weeks have been incredibly exhausting and stressful. First, we launched a new website at work. That required several nights of virtually no sleep for me and A, as we had to fix page after page of sloppy code from the third-party firm hired by our marketing department. It felt a lot like college! One night, A and I worked until 2:30 a.m., headed to bed at 3 a.m., and then I was woken up 5 minutes later by R. I think I had at most 2 hours of sleep that night.

Then, my company had a community service day where we split up into four groups and headed out to Head Start centers and preschools in Boston to paint classrooms, prepare literacy bags, etc. It was a lot of fun and very rewarding (and sobering - it made me so sad to see the difference between what R has access to at his preschool and what poor children in the city have), but physically exhausting. We had a required-attendence party afterwards, so it ended up being a 12-hour work day for me - the day after my no-sleep stretch.

THEN... the next day, we started our company's conversion to Microsoft (Exchange & Active Directory) from Novell. I'm the IT director (among other things), so I had to stay late on Friday night, work half the day on Saturday, and work for a few hours on Sunday as well. And, Monday and the rest of this week have been challenging at work (to put it mildly) as we've been trying to fix problems for pretty much every one of our 100+ employees.

So, I'm really looking forward to a day with R tomorrow and then a day to myself on Friday! I don't have anything planned yet. On Friday, I'll probably end up cleaning the house and working in the yard for most of the day, but that's fine with me. My house is such a mess that it's stressing me out - cleaning it will make me happy. But I'll probably also take some time to go shopping at my favorite place for bargains - the Christmas Tree Shops. (They don't just have Christmas stuff - in fact, they only have Christmas stuff at Christmastime.)

I have some cute R pictures to post - hopefully, tomorrow. Before I go tonight, though, I just have to say that a wonderful miracle has happened to someone I love. It's an answer to 2 years of prayers, and I'm so happy and thankful and excited. More on that later, but for now, praise God! :-)


shaun said...

Hey ,
sorry it has been so stressful at work . I hope you have a great little time off . I know I need mine . Can't wait to see some more pics.

NoVA Dad said...

That does sound exhausting and stressful, and I hope you're getting the rest you need. I'd be willing to be, though, that in the midst of working at the Head Start center, it didn't occur to you once how tired you were -- helping those who need so much seems to energize and take your attention more than anything we might need at that moment.

trace said...

yikes! makes me tired just reading it! was in your neighborhood last week - teaching in Cambridge

LEstes65 said...

Good gravy on toast! That is one hell week. I really really feel for you. You know I do. Get some good you time in. Get some good lovin' on R time. Make sure you and A get a date night this week. If I were there, I'd watch R for you. In the mean time, I'll talk to Liam about inventing teleportation.

Love you...