When I returned from work after the vacation, it was bonkers. Nothing bad, so absurdly busy. All July was a 6AM to 6PM month at work, I am finally breaking free from that schedule (at least for now).
The problem stems from my promotion giving me a lot more to do (taking on big projects), but we have not yet found someone to do all the stuff I had to do in my old position. So, in the meantime, I am doing two pretty demanding jobs. A bunch of people are being interviewed now and that should relieve a lot of the pressure once a candidate is selected.
When I used to come home from the fish market, it was impossible to get the smell of fish off me for hours after returning home. In July, I felt like stress stuck on me even after I returned from work and it took me an hour or two to transition into a relaxed dad. I didn’t come home and yell at kids or kick the dog, I just wasn’t the ideal version of myself, a tad vacant for a bit.
For the most part, I have been balancing work and family pretty well over the past couple of years, but there are spurts when one side dominates the other (and it is not always work that gets my full attention, they were extremely flexible when I donated a kidney & disappeared in central Colorado!).
Regardless, one night I was coming home and not the best version of myself, so I decided to bring home flowers for Dalia and chocolate covered pretzels for Winston (that he shared with the family, but he did eat a surprising amount). Last weekend, I took off on Friday and we went to the ReplayFx gaming festival, we got to see Billy Mitchell play Donkey Kong (you have to check out this video about him), we played unlimited pinball and old arcade games, and we got a really nice lunch in downtown Pittsburgh.
Jaclyn and the kids went this week to Ithaca to visit our wonderful family up there. They are just having a blast and sending me pictures of them at Nature Centers, mini golf, and at the pool. Since we were just on vacation and everything remains busy at work, I stayed in Pittsburgh with the dogs. A couple of months ago, I bought a used video game called Fallout 4 and I’ve been playing that at night when I get home and I’m totally addicted. I am like a little kid, I have to preemptively set a bedtime for myself or else I would stay up all night playing the game. It has been pretty relaxing. I also took our dogs to PetSmart and we walked out with a bunch of bones and treats that they picked out. Last night, the dogs and I went through the Taco Bell drive through, Rosie ate all of her soft taco except the lettuce. Essentially, without the presence of Jaclyn, I revert back to my 17 year old self.