Leave that 9-5 Upon the Shelf

Use them wisely – each hour in the day.  You don’t get them back they are lost forever.

T, G, I, and F are the happiest letters in the alphabet. I am very glad it’s Friday and that this week is over. It was a long one and I will probably sleep all day tomorrow.  That will feel so00000 good –sleep.   When I got home from work on Wednesday after working overtime for the past week, the sun was still out and I went out on my deck to make a phone call.   The next thing I knew, I was waking up with drool on my chin and deck along with wood impressions on my cheek as I fell asleep on the hard wood deck – on my face!!!   No cushions or pillow, no comfy blanket or sheet. I think that tells you just  how tired I am.  I am glad that tomorrow is Saturday.  No alarm clock ringing at 5:30 AM.  No rushing off to go climb ladders, dress mannequins, or to paint focal walls.  Just that wonderful feeling of not having to get up at a certain time – sleeping in – ahhhhh!

 After my last post, Things I Have Learned:  Online  I received a comment from Lamb.  She stated,
“I admire your determination. I do NOT have enough patience for 33 instructional videos! Where on earth do you find time to work extra hours, blog, and do all these little projects?”
Well, Lamb and everyone who struggles with trying to do it all, that it may seem like I can get a lot done and I do spend a lot of time on this blog and at work.  Everything else does suffer- sleep as well as other things. I may be able to watch a photography video – (I have only watched about 10, he does have 33 though), but I have dark circles under my eyes.  I may be able to write a tutorial and in the photos everything looks all nice, neat, and clean, but on the other side of that camera are piles of papers, furniture that needs to be dusted, and things, lots of things that need to be done.  My house needs a maid me to give it some attention.   What I thought was needed were more hours in each day, but then I thought no, I just need to make time for the things that are important to me right now, this hour, this day.
” I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.”  – Bernard Berenson
 I was a stay at home mom for 20 years.  I had plenty of time on my hands – I volunteered at my daughters’ school’s, made great meals, decorated the house, shopped, went to all my girls activities, etc.  I had all the time in the world.  Now, that my daughters are grown and I work outside the home, time I realize was something I took for granted.  Now, I have learned to edit, edit, edit, everything I do.  I hardly ever watch TV.  I haven’t been shopping at a mall in a long, long time.  The BonTon, where I work sits next to a CVS, a supermarket and a Radio Shack.  Not a hip and trendy mecca of all things stylish, but I can buy my groceries during my breaks- saving me time.  My furniture has cat hair all over it and it is sticking to my black pants, which means I will have to get a lint roller before I go out to spend some quality time with friends over some pizza and drinks – rolling off lint takes time.
  What I have learned since I started working and I think with getting older is that- it is more about what I won’t do to free up time to spend on the things that matter most.  I have learned that I have to prioritize and do only what is important and then just say “no” to everything else.  This lets me put the focus on the right now –  my family and friends, this blog, then work.  Everything else goes on the back burner until I need to deal with it.
So it may seem like I am doing it all, but I am really not.  I am just living and doing the things I have to do – work and the rest is enjoyment. Perhaps one day I will put cleaning on my priority list, and learn the Zen of dish-washing, but for right now, I spend my hours as wisely as I can.  Sometimes when things get overwhelming like having to put in a lot of overtime – things get a bit unbalanced, but I know this is only temporary.  Next week will be a normal one. 
Now, it almost dinner time, Friday night –  my husband,  Ed and I are off  to a neighbors Happy Hour (s) .  I am going to take the lyrics from Michal Jackson literally tonight.  I hope you can also and that I don’t wake up with a hangover – no, only kidding -I am looking too forward to sleeping in to do that to myself  – Happy Weekend.
“So tonight, gotta leave that 9-5 upon the shelf and just enjoy yourself”
-Michael Jackson – Off the Wall


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One Comment

  1. my history as a SAHM is similar to yours, but I did have a few part time jobs through the years. I feel like you hit it on the head girl… do what you feel is important and what you enjoy! I am!!!