I am extremely fortunate to both own, and have access to other cottages. I’d guess I’ve only slept in my own bed 5 times in the last 6 weeks. While I’m thankful to be back in my own bed, I can say I did enjoy the experience all the same. The only downside was that I didn’t get any time off in that span. Some things at work popped up, and I had to cancel/defer the planned time off . It sucks massively when you have to work while the kids and friends are spending days in the sun/water having a blast. The evenings were good though – more than good given the work stress. I’m happy I do have a job, but the work/life stuff isn’t all that pleasant at the moment.
There’s something to be said about being so busy you can’t really think straight. A firefighter putting out a blaze isn’t worry about their credit card balance, right? Well, eventually things stop being on fire and bills start showing up. My team’s response to COVID has had some significant costs, but the real financial kicker is the use of all the services. We blew through a year’s worth of budget in 2-3 months, so I need to find more money, and soon. Compounded by annual budget cycles, all I’m seeing now is requests for funding. Making that even worse is that the key people to make sense of those files are as burnt out as I am (or worse) and we all need a good break. We need some light to shine before the regular September rush starts us all back again.
That rough aside, I do have to say I’ve more than enjoyed the time I have had with my family these past few months. Seeing both my kids grow before my eyes is something I could never buy. Camping out under the stars, tubing like madwomen, seeing them interact and help other kids to learn new skills.. all of it amazing to see. And my wife’s ability to manage the household chaos while I’m neck deep in work. Holy crud she can make things happen. “We need to work on the cottage foundation”. 2 days later, the equipment is rented, the material bought, and time blocked to do the work. 4 days after that, ALL the work is done. Never would have happened with anyone else, just a machine.
This week is going to be a rest week. Finally mow the lawn. Get some sleep. Drink (a bit) less beer. Then likely get back at it the weeks that follow until the chaos of the school year begins.