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A sixty-hour week

Sunday, December 02, 2018

There was a request from outside my school for me to teach a two-hour class, but it went into my junk file, a problem other teachers have. I look at my junk file regularly but it’s all in Japanese, and if something looks unfamiliar, I don’t pay attention. Nine days later, somebody came from the office about it. It was from a local government center and they’d found me on the school website. I told her I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t go into detail, but I’m no spring chicken and DH isn’t in the best of health. She looked panicked and I gave in, so I ended up with only myself to blame for the extra work.

It took a lot of prep because two hours is so long, and I had little idea about the people I would be teaching. On top of that it was two hours away, so a four-hour round trip. I went today and they were lovely people, many in their eighties, but I’ve worked nearly a sixty-hour week, and by Thursday I will have worked for nearly two weeks without a day off. DH has been a bit down because he’s limited in what he can do without me around. Anyway, the organizer and the people in the class were very happy and they want me to do it again next year. That was nice but I thought, “No way!” Today itself was a very interesting experience, but I felt guilty for DH and at nearly 68, I hope I’m done with sixty-hour weeks.
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    L can understand how you feel. My husband depends on me for taking him everywhere and hates when I work. I have cut down my hours (And money coming in) which stresses me out but I am stressed leaving him alone.
    407 days ago
    Oh my goodness! That sounds so physically exhausting, but now that it's over, I think you can claim credit for having done a very good deed. You helped out the person from the office, you probably brought joy (or at least enjoyment) to some eighty-year-olds two hours away from where you live, and I assume you earned a little money (though these things never pay enough for all the time it takes to prepare the lesson and commute to the place). You did a good deed, but I think I understand your feeling of sort of being used. I have a lot of experience with saying yes and then denigrating myself for accepting a task I'm too busy to take on. Maybe next year you can nip it in the bud so the office people won't come calling?

    I hope you can find some time to rest. Being pulled in so many different directions and having Shiro so dependent on you for so many things--that must all be very hard and cause wear and tear on the spirit as well. I'm guessing your winter vacation can't come soon enough!
    418 days ago
    emoticon Hope you take some time for self-care and don't let yourself be used and abused.
    418 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Working a 60 hour week would frazzle and exhaust is awesome that you have the stamina to do this!
    418 days ago
    You’re right... that’s way too long to work in a week. Stick to your guns!
    418 days ago
    Even though I'm reading this first thing in the morning with my coffee, it sounds exhausting and I'm ready for a nap! That was very gracious of you to agree to teach that class. It certainly makes a difference if people are taking a class because they WANT to rather than because they HAVE to, and it seems your students were pleased. Still, so many hours of work (and commuting) with no downtime, combined with the stress of caring for your husband, leaves no time for any thought of self care. I hope this week, and those that follow, will allow you to reclaim some quiet time for yourself.
    418 days ago
    That's tough! Hope you get to take a day off to recharge emoticon take care
    418 days ago
    That would be beyond tough to work that many hours! Wishing you good luck.
    418 days ago
    Take care. And, remember that time lost is time lost. We do not get it back..
    418 days ago
    Yes, you helped them out in a panic situation but you can't continue in your present life circumstances.

    You get to say NO NO NO!!!
    418 days ago
  • TAYGRL Sixty hours is a lot no matter your age and I don’t believe work is why I’m here. Balance.
    418 days ago
    Oh man .... That sounds rough.

    Well - be strong. At our age, there is only so much time left with our loved ones. It's perfectly wonderful to put him first.

    hope you can take a day off soon and just sleep.
    418 days ago
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