Coming Up For Air

closePlease note: This post was published over a year ago, so please be aware that its content may not be quite so accurate anymore. Also, the format of the site has changed since it was published, so please excuse any formatting issues.

I’ve been writing code at home, at work, and on the bus for over a week now. Remember those 2 websites I mentioned? The first one is due this week, and it has been providing some interesting (read: annoying) challenges.

While I’ve taken short breaks here and there, I haven’t had a day to myself for almost a month. The past week has been particularly trying, as I’ve been working up to 15 hour days. Also bear in mind that after I finish this site, I immediately have to get started on the next one (it’s due in about 3 weeks), and it’s a much larger project. And let’s not forget that the video for MWR isn’t finished yet (it’s now due at the beginning of May). It’s pretty much done, but they haven’t seen the latest cut, and I’m supposed to get more footage this week.

Those 15 hours? Yeah, they aren’t 15 hours spent on my client sites. No, I’d be done if that were the case. That’s about an hour and a half in the morning (instead of exercising or making a proper breakfast), then about 30 minutes on the bus, then 4 hours of my day job, then an hour of client work at lunch (if I’m lucky), another 4 hours of day job, 30 minutes on the bus ride home, then about 4 hours or so before bed. No T.V., no movies, no fun. Morah has been making dinner, cleaning the apartment, and being the best damn wife anyone could ever ask for, while she patiently waits for me to get this all taken care of.

Hmm.

When I started this post, I was going to say something like, “gee, I’ve been working really hard all month. I deserve a night off to relax,” but reading over what I just wrote, I don’t see where I have much of a choice but to keep working at least as hard as I have been.

It won’t be this hard all the time, however. I agreed to deadlines on these websites that I knew were ridiculous. From now on, I’m going to think long and hard about how much work the site requires and in what time frame the client wants it before I agree to any deadline.

Anyway, back to it, I guess.

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3 Comments

  1. mcC

    Here’s to perfect wives! Mine is getting me through hard bouts of work as well (see blog) all the while she has her own shit to deal with as well.

    Also I totally feel for you. 15 hours days suck. maybe you should invest in a “how to say ‘no’ to ridiculous deadlines”-seminar 😉

  2. We just got done with finals. Well, I didn’t, I took another incomplete (my second), and an extension on my first. But before that, I was up for three days trying to get my projects done. This is after three weeks of this and almost nothing else. I even missed Easter, my families 2nd biggest holiday celebration (after Christmas).

    So, clearly, I need to get a wife or something. ^_^

  3. Morah

    Hang in there honey! I love you! =)

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