I work very few hours, some weeks it's only one evening of a three and half hour shift while other times it totals fifteen when I change out the display windows. Anyone that works full time or even actual part time would probably throw something at me for complaining about such an easy schedule. Of course up until two years ago I did work full time, sometimes more than that depending on the time of year or if we had a big event going on. Anyway, I have to confess to finding a weekend like this where I am working a five hour shift today and a six hour shift tomorrow rather annoying. I love the people and the job is mostly enjoyable and easy but it's the whole not being used to it part that gets me.
Today is a beautiful sunny day and instead of doing what I usually do - hanging out with my son, maybe swimming, playing outside, being with my family, maybe going shopping - I'll be inside all day. In a way it's harder when you have to do something you aren't in a routine with. If you work full time its like the Monday you have to go back to work after a vacation. Yuck, so hard and painful to do. It was for me anyway. Even when I love my job I still wish I wasn't forced to go when and for how long someone else decided. I like freedom, can you blame me? Ahhh, just another motivator to make it big as a writer.
So instead of continuing to complain I'll remind myself of why working all weekend (yes I know they are little shifts!) is a good thing:
1. Extra money
2. Adult conversation
3. Distraction from thinking about my submissions
4. My son gets to spend more mommy free time (he starting that clingy phase lately)
5. I shower and dress early in the day (as opposed to sitting in my pj's staring at my laptop)
6. Meeting new people
7. Quiet times to think of new story ideas
Every time I start to feel sorry for myself for working I'll mentally bitch slap myself and think of all the reasons it's good to be there. After all isn't that what life is about...finding a way to enjoy things even if they aren't exactly on the top of our lists? I feel much better getting that little rant out of the way. Now, if you'll excuse me I have finish getting ready for my day of positive distractions and human interactions (feels better not to actually say work!).
Enjoy your Saturday too! Even if you are swimming, laying in the sun, reading, having a picnic...