Burnt Offerings

I am finally out of the woods a little bit as it applies to my time at work. As a matter of fact, I am going on vacation this week. I would be on vacation right this second, except that I needed to talk to a particular attorney. I tried to talk to him Friday, but he was "out till Monday". So, I decided to come to work this morning basically just to talk to the guy. I called and guess what? He is on vacation this week! Jiminy!

I am really suffering from burnout. I wanted to write in this blog today something "good". You know, some quality post that will make people think. I had a number of ideas. However, I am just too tired and burned out. So now this post is how I am too fatigued to post. Brilliant.

The trouble is that I won't be able to relax much at home this week. I have tons to do. I have three lawns to mow and work on. I have to put up a fence and continue to prepare one the houses to be sold.

Thank God for my wife. She has learned something in the past couple of months - how not to get on my nerves. I used to dread talking to her about some things. Now we can talk about anything and it is okay (well, NEARLY anything). She has also picked up on how to let me avoid certain issues when she knows that I feel overwhelmed. She has learned to say, "This can wait." The snoring issue has been nearly resolved now, too. I am not sure why. It may be that I lost enough weight to diminsh it somewhat. Or, it may be that she got used to it. Or, maybe it is because of the white noise machine I bought. It is probably a combination of those things. OR, it could be my favorite explanation; I never snored at all, she was just messing with me. After all, I don't hear myself snore and my ears are closer to the "alleged offending noise" than she is.

I still have to do our taxes. This isn't like me; I usually am finished with taxes by the second week in February. It is just that I am in a new situation with a wife and multiple houses and stuff. After deliberating with "experts", it looks like Turbotax is going to be the best way to go. It better be; I already shelled out the $40 for it.

I have also been playing around with the idea of going to law school. I do a lot of things that lawyers get paid well to do already. It is just that it will be nearly impossible to fund it and my family's needs while being a student again. On top of that, the wife is eager to start a family. It just doesn't look like it is in the cards. However, if God wants me in law school, I am sure a way will open up. Who knows, some bigshot rich guy may be reading this post right now and being so moved by the artwork that IS this post, decides that he must sponsor my law school endeavor. Or not.

So, here I am facing the week. I know the week ahead is a lot more productive than the week I will remember next week. It always works that way.


Sayre said...

I will also be spending my "vacation" fixing up my house. My NEW house. But I don't really mind. For me it's more about not being in front of the computer for 8 hours in a day, or worrying about deadlines (mine are daily) or trying to juggle three or four tasks at the same time. It's about doing something different with my time and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with it.

I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that things are smoothing out between you and your wife. You had me worried for a while there... May things continue to smooth out for you both.

Anonymous said...

I live with the feeling of "burned out" everyday.. not fun. I hope "vacation" helps. It really does have a lot to do with doing and thinking differently.. the only problem is ..1 week doesn't really do it.
America doesn't get it. Europe does. They make their workers take 6 weeks off (a continuous 6 weeks) and they have found their workers much more productive. It deals with the "mental" break and they've proved they get more work accomplished this way Annually...but of course, America just doesn't get it. They see 6 weeks paid vacation as a lose in their pockets. Yet Europe shows the businesses make MORE money.. go figure huh?

Charles said...

Man, do you have a lot on your plate. Hoping for the best. I don't think I have any reason to complain after reading your post. Three lawns, taxes, trying to sell a house...etc. I would have been way passed burned out. When it's all said and done, you'll be on the sunnier side of things. Hope you'll be able to enjoy some of your vacation, get some rest and get rid of some of your stress.