My Life is Wearing Me Down

I have one horrifyingly stressful day gig with no job security, and one physically demanding part time gig with PTO and benefits and a 401(k) and everything.

Going to the coffee shop across the street from my house for an americano and some mindless web-surfing requires scheduling. Don’t ask when the last time I hung out with friends was, ’cause it was last night on my couch and involved frequent breaks to do laundry, clean the kitchen, make lunch for the next three days, and catch mice.

Yes, you heard me right. Mice. In my KITCHEN! No advice needed, thanks, we’ve done everything you have thought of and they’re still doing tap dances on the counters and kicking back in the living room watching the Oscars with us.

I woke up this morning with a similar sore throat to the one my coworker was complaining about yesterday and my first thought was, “How am I going to get time to go to the doctor?”

Then the cluebat descended upon my head from above, in the form of one of my family’s three mottos*:

Only do things if they’re fun.

In the small things, I am enjoying myself. But overall, I am NOT having fun.

Shuck this fit. Things have gotta change.

Now, where’s my day planner so I can schedule some Deep Introspection and Goal Setting?

*The first family motto is “Never put anything incriminating in writing.” The second is “Protect the face!” One could argue that “It is better to look good than to feel good” is also a family motto, but it’s not one I particularly subscribe to.

{ETA – I just sent a payment to my highest-balance credit card for $501. That’s about 60% of the current balance. Including this payment, during the month of February I’ve paid that ccard down 70%.}


1 Response to “My Life is Wearing Me Down”

  1. 1 The Frugalista Files
    March 14, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Mary Sue: You are a strong, focused and funny woman. The mice are hanging around because you have good energy, despite all of your responsibilities. On the bright side, at least they do a tap dance. I so hope you get a chance to smell the roses. You deserve to have fun, even if it has to be scheduled.

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