I'm Coping, Thanks!  

TheQuietGuy2005 55M
3484 posts
5/23/2006 11:46 am

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5/28/2006 9:25 am

I'm Coping, Thanks!

Work is keeping me busy at the moment. I think it’s fair to say that it’s keeping me too busy, in fact.

With the new system having its share of teething troubles, as anyone with any experience of major IT projects would expect, plus all of the additional problems that you might anticipate arising when you’re forced to take the system live a month before you’re ready, there is easily enough work to keep two or three administrators busy.

As it happens, though, that’s largely academic because there’s only little old me!

I guess anyone can put in long days for a while. Going in over the weekend is okay too for a time. The question always hangs in the air though: how long can I keep up this pace?

I’ve actually been trying to arrange to have a couple of days off next week while Son of Q is off school. It’s been pretty difficult but I think I’ve just about wangled it. Mind you, I’ll still be on call. And there’s a very good chance I’ll have to dive in to work in the evenings to catch up on some of the routine stuff. And even then I find myself feeling guilty ‒ there is simply so much to do that I’m abandoning! Silly, isn’t it?

There are moves afoot to sort out so-called Super-Users who’ll be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, see the source of problems with their X-ray vision and blast bugs to smithereens with their heat ray while single-handedly holding back the hoards of people who need something doing "like, yesterday" … or, at least, will be able to handle some of the more routine administrative tasks, leaving me to concentrate on other matters. With the best will in the world, though, these super-users won’t really be useful for some time.

Until then, I’ll just carry on doing my best.

It gets tiresome sometimes. Even when I start the day filled with optimism, the workload can be wearing. This morning, for instance, I reached the point where I could quite easily have just sat there with my head in my hands, desperately trying not to contemplate what needs to be done. As I sit in the office in the evenings, knowing that everyone with any sense has already gone home, the yearning to follow their example can be quite intense. As I head into the office on a Sunday, I can’t help remembering all the more enjoyable ways to spend the day. My life seems increasingly to be swamped by work, leaving precious little time for anything else. It can be quite depressing, you know.

And yet … and yet …

Somebody can tell me that I’m doing a good job, that my efforts are appreciated and that helps make it seem a whole lot more worthwhile. A kind word, a smile, an unexpected phone call from a special someone can help lift the burden, if only for a little while. Standing in the sunshine, feeling its warmth on my skin makes it all seem so much easier. Snatched days and weekends with She To Whom I Am The Bit On The Side bring warmth and pleasure and relaxation and renewal and ‒ oh so much more! Enjoying the interaction with others, even at one remove, in the chatrooms or blogs of This Site is rewarding and often uplifting too.

Even as work drags me down, there are so many simple things to be pleased about that can lift me back up ‒ if I can only remember to take the time to notice! And, of course, I won’t be working like this forever.

So, I shall plan another enjoyable weekend with Her and I shall enjoy the anticipation. I shall endure the minor twinges of guilt and take the time off work to be with my son and I shall definitely, defiantly enjoy the opportunity. And ‒ hey! ‒ he has broadband now too unlike his poor Dad so there’s another reason to smile!


GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
5/23/2006 12:12 pm

I'd almost say something, but alas, I'm not somebody....

take it ez when u can....

TabithaElectra79 39F

5/23/2006 12:13 pm

Hugs and enjoy your weekend, work can wait....

SweetDarlinAngel 40F
2996 posts
5/23/2006 12:22 pm

oh QG ...

You rant about so many things and yet your ravings seem tinged with a bit more happiness than usual. I'm glad for that.


Hoping you find time to enjoy all of the onderful things that have fallen your way.



helga_hansen 50F
1987 posts
5/23/2006 2:09 pm

Q... I am sure She To Whom I Am The Bit On The Side is happy to spend any time you can give her... and I'm sure she thinks like I do... that you need to just remember to get some sleep, okay?


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

HotDev1l 46M
1358 posts
5/23/2006 2:40 pm

Hey old bean........remember....no matter how many hours you put in, no matter how hard you work, no matter how many Super Users are enabled......you will still be The Responsible One.......and work will still eagerly await your arrival.

The world will not stop because you take a day off and the backlog won't get any shorter by working 24/7. Life is about balance........work hard/play hard. Just make sure, you play harder

starlight_runner 40F

5/23/2006 3:19 pm

    Quoting helga_hansen:
    Q... I am sure She To Whom I Am The Bit On The Side is happy to spend any time you can give her... and I'm sure she thinks like I do... that you need to just remember to get some sleep, okay?

I am happy to spend any time you can give me.I dont think like helga though, noone does.

kisses 2 u Q -giggles-


GB_Cple 67M/56F  
3113 posts
5/23/2006 10:14 pm

Keep on keeping on ,

The only ppl that see the light at the end of the tunnel are .....
train drivers


TheQuietGuy2005 55M
2386 posts
5/23/2006 10:23 pm

Goddess ... You are definitely someone, ma'am!

Tabitha ... Unfortunately, my weekend with Her (aka STWIATBOTS ... catchy acronym, no?) will have to wait a wee while ... but I'm looking forward to the coming weekend too. I hope you enjoy yours too

SDA ... You think I tend to rant unhappily? Oh, to see oneself as others do! I'm going to have to read back through my blog ...

Helga ... You think She is that happy to spend time with me? How heart-warming! I did get over six hours last night, by the way - is that okay?

HotDev ... Oh I know all that. I'm too old not to have learned that lesson, young sir! As I said, it won't be like this forever ...

Starlight ...Oh my! What more can I say? Except to suggest you get out your calendar ...

TheQuietGuy2005 55M
2386 posts
5/24/2006 1:22 pm

GBC ... I'm dashing headlong with my eyes closed - that way I don't have to worry so much about what's rushing up to meet me!

hotandhorny107 59F

5/27/2006 10:18 pm

Baby just remember to take care of yourself, all work and no play and all that....

TheQuietGuy2005 55M
2386 posts
5/28/2006 8:19 am

Hotandhorny ... Your concern is appreciated

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