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the long burnout

I’ve been reading the wikipedia definition of burnout, and yup, that pretty much sums it up. To all my friends who have put up with me for the last two years, in spite of my never returning phone calls or emails, rarely going to parties, and basically being no fun at all anymore, bless you and I promise I am on the mend.

I’ve been working two jobs (at least! sometimes it was more than that) for the last two years or so. On the positive side, this has saved us from bankruptcy, and if I had to have a second job at least I found a pretty great one. On the negative side, this has meant that I haven’t had time to work in my garden, finish my still-unfinished house, play with my pets, bake bread, go out to hear music, do more than the bare minimum on the open source projects I care about, get involved in my neighborhood association, devote much time to activist causes I care about, go hiking in the Appalachian Mountains… well, it’s a very long list.

This situation is at an end. I have quit my second job, and my beloved husband has found a new job that pays him more and doesn’t require him to work evenings and weekends. I feel more hopeful about our lives than I have in a long time. Today:

  • I woke up early and went to the farmers’ market with a friend
  • People came over to my house and I cooked a mean brunch
  • I wrote some long overdue and much-needed documentation for Blacklight
  • Matt and a friend re-wired the overhead light in our bathroom so it works for the first time ever.
  • I cooked a delicious butternut squash soup for dinner
  • And now I have bread rising in the kitchen, I’m listening to music, and actually updating my blog.

This is the year I get my life back.

Comments

Comment from Jonathan Rochkind
Time: September 21, 2008, 9:41 am

Wow, you got an incredible amount of stuff done for being burned out, I never would have guessed.

Don’t you get lots of vacation from your academic institution, like me? You proably haven’t been taking any of it, you should take a big chunk right now to inaugerate your new approach to work, and come back refreshed and ready to face your one job in a non burned out manner. That’s my advice.

Comment from Dorothea Salo
Time: September 21, 2008, 9:08 pm

Wow, I’m sorry. I had no idea things were so rough for you.

Glad you’re back on the upswing.

Comment from Jane H
Time: September 22, 2008, 10:31 pm

Good for you!

Comment from Jamie
Time: September 24, 2008, 9:58 am

Yay!

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