So many of you know that today was supposed to be a "day off" for me today. I used quotations marks around "day off" because it really wasn't a "day off" in terms of relaxing, sipping some overpriced coffee, reading a book with more than 100 words, and basically, not doing anything productive.
The plans for today included taking the girls in late to pre-school, enjoying a nice breakfast, hanging up pictures on the wall (long overdue and somewhat relaxing), watching some TV from my DVR, having a nice lunch with my BFF, then heading out to do some shopping and the consignment stores to hopefully get some $$. And let's see, what have I done today? One of the above? (And yes, the rant begins!)
So what am I doing today? Working! And not housework or errand running. And to be honest, I had a fear that this would happen. The projects I have been on are expanding exponentially and not showing any signs of stopping. Additionally, I am somewhat new in my position and want to show everyone that I can do this. But when a meeting was called today (over the lunch hour, no less) I was angry and thought "NO!! This is my only free "me" day!!" Plus, it wasn't even a conference call, so I am all dressed to impress!
As many working parents know, there is no such thing as day off. PTO/sick days/time off work is used for sick kids, school functions, or holidays (or, actually sick days for a parent!). Free time is almost unheard of, because if we are not at work, we are running errands, going to school/sporting events and just basically being with our kids. And a whole free day is a myth (similar to the lost city of Atlantis (unless you watch Phineas and Ferb) or my husband cooking a meal for the kids!). So I had marked this day on my calendar since May!
I do realize I am very lucky to have a job, especially in today's market. And yes, my wonderful manager is letting me take time off on another day. But I just wanted today, because that other time will be when a child is ill or we need to travel for the holidays.
Sorry about that rant...It could be worse. But I just wanted to be in my pjs :)