Relief is on the horizon at work. My new co-worker started on Tuesday, and of the 115 extra cases I'm handling right now, I have given her 6 of them! And I'm planning to give her 5 more this week.
Last night I left the office after 8. Oddly enough, I was grateful for it.
I was grateful that I was able to put in the extra time yesterday to allow myself to "tread water" (i.e., maintain an even number of screaming emergencies that need attention in my in-box, instead of going home with a higher number than where the day started).
I was also grateful that working late didn't mean leaving a lonely or pissed off husband at home -- he was at the office past 8 too. Crazy stuff happening in his work world lately.
I was also grateful that working past 8 is novel for me. I had a job for about 7 years where I was in the office from 8:30ish until after 10 pm, and frequently after midnight, on a vast majority of days. That was the normal there, and it wasn't all horrible (though I did gain weight and felt like my dating life was basically on hold), I made lots of good friends, got great experience, etc. (of course being paid well never hurts).
And finally, I was grateful that both of our extra effort and hard work is noticed, and at least in my case, appreciated (probably in my husband's too, but we haven't discussed). Yesterday at 7:30, as my husband and I touched base about when we were going home and what we'd do for dinner, both of our bosses were still working as well. We decided to give it another hour and then touch base again. In that hour, sometime around 8:15 maybe?, my boss left. On his way out, he told me that he'd talked to our divisional president that day, and I've been approved to go with them to a conference at the end of January that I really wanted to attend. Usually our company hates sending people to stuff like that -- lost revenue plus travel expenses -- so this felt extra special.
But anyway, all that wasn't the point of this "short" post. When I finally did get home, I heated up some food from the prepared section of the grocery store and sat down to watch TV while I ate and while I waited for my husband to get home. I made a decision then, and then I waited until he got home to make sure he approved of my decision -- and then I deleted about 50 hours of Grimm off our DVR. We just weren't watching it. I hope I'm not missing out on some awesome show. We liked the first season okay, but then never got back into it.
Now our DVR has all kinds of space and it feels oddly freeing. No pressure to clear it off (not that there was any pressure in the past, or that if there was, it motivated me to actually do anything about it).
Not planning to add anything new. Our current "regularly record and watch" list is:
Law & Order SVU
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (and any of his other shows)
Fareed Zakaria GPS
Amazing Race (my show, not "ours")
And our current "record but don't regularly watch list" is:
Americans (not airing currently)
Bachelor/Bachelorette (not airing currently)
Tyrant (not airing currently)
Simpsons (rarely watch but still record)
Family Guy (rarely watch but still record)
The other show we're watching ... no surprise to people who know me in the real world ... Amazon Prime's series The Man in the High Castle. Like it so far, only about halfway through the season.