getting away isn’t always easy

Working for yourself can be a tricky beast when it comes to the holidays and celebrations that non-freelancers enjoy and often take for granted. There is no team of surrounding employees to fill in on the work if you want a day off, or even need a weekend to relax away from the desk. I’m not complaining myself, for a couple of reasons– one being that I don’t work full-time. The second being that the lifestyle of working from home and for yourself is a luxury compared to the often brutal demands of company work. Sure the hours of freelance tend to be more unpredictable, but overall, the trade-off is pretty good considering there is no commute, no water-cooler politics, and no team of bosses ala the movie “Office Space” looming over you with endless memos and requests. Oh, and most importantly, working in your pjs rocks.

What doesn’t rock is that earlier point I made about not having anyone to pitch in when the time behind the desk creeps into wee hours and there’s no one there to offer relief. Neil, more often than not lately, works the hours of two men. There is only so much I can offer my assistance with as we work in different areas of expertise. Neil’s birthday fun in London has been planned for a week and now, the day after we were supposed to go, we still haven’t slipped away for the celebration. The weekend was worked through (even I had a night where I was at my desk until 2:30 AM) and yesterday’s workload continues into today without relent. We’re both tired and deflated this morning, and he is especially so.

July promises to be a very intense work month. With any luck, we’ll get some sleep and maybe a day off in there somewhere. Fortunately, the months ahead hold some promise for a more regular work/life balance– we just have to get through July alive first. It’s been far too long since that balance was in our lives.

With any luck, we’ll slip away for some fun this afternoon, but even as I type that my optimism is sneaking out the back door and taking the silverware with it.

No complaints, no regrets, but a break would be lovely. If you’re feeling generous, send some strength and extra hours for the day to my email address or as a comment. Thanks! πŸ™‚


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6 thoughts on “getting away isn’t always easy”

  1. Hey jEN.

    Blog love and WWW energy coming your way.
    May your day be filled with Guarana extract and smoochies. πŸ™‚

    Matt x

  2. Thanks Matt! πŸ˜€ x

    Yeah, looks like plans for getting away today are definitely off, so we’ve postponed the fun for another day. We will however, be getting out of the ‘office’ for an indulgent trip to the coffee shop just to prove we’re not totally beaten. Besides, a gourmet caffeine boost is always good. Rawr!

  3. Here’s four extra hours and a waft of a freezer door for you hun !

    Love yer site – if you ever just wanna hang out with an ex-pat londoner living in yorkshire at the weekend – gimme a shout πŸ™‚ xx

  4. Hang in there – I, too, had a crappy day (almost quit) and now I’m home I’m getting my spirit back. Oh, and Office Space – dude, best movie EVAH. Damn, it feels good to be a gangster.

  5. OK- the Costa Coffee visit didn’t happen either… grrrrrr

    For a mental break from the php image gallery I’m playing with, I went to my beloved IMDB for some Office Space memorable quote fun:

    Peter Gibbons: What would you do if you had a million dollars?
    Lawrence: I’ll tell you what I’d do, man, two chicks at the same time, man.
    Peter Gibbons: That’s it? If you had a million dollars, you’d do two chicks at the same time?
    Lawrence: Damn straight. I always wanted to do that, man. And I think if I had a million dollars I could hook that up, cause chicks dig a dude with money.
    Peter Gibbons: Well, not all chicks.
    Lawrence: Well the kind of chicks that’d double up on a dude like me do.
    Peter Gibbons: Good point.

  6. Hi steve wj-

    Welcome to my blog and thanks so much for your compliment! πŸ˜€

    Yorkshire… the Tube doesn’t quite make it up there does it? πŸ˜‰
    Actually that’s an area of the country I mean to explore as soon as time permits it. If you keep handing me extra hours and cooled air, then I just might get up there sooner!

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