Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Partying like to was 2008

You know, it was only last year that working and extra 8 hours a week was normal. This week I worked that and feel like crap. Oh, how quickly we adjust back to normal. Last night I was exhausted and had a headache. The difference, I think, is that last year the overtime 1) was paid at time and a half instead of "bankable hours," 2) the work was a little less mentally taxing (this week was layout and design) and 3) the time was predictable.

This weekend we try and catch up with hopefully getting the tree up, cutting hair, finishing up some Xmas shopping, and maybe, hopefully, get Chapter 37 out of the way (this should be the last "difficult for Steve" chapter, except for maybe the actual last chapter). And, if I'm a good boy, get at least one of the deer rewired and out in the yard.

This week we scheduled the 110,000 mile maintenance. I have to say I'm a bit worried as it involves a new timing belt. The last care I had the timing belt changed on the engine blew up a week later (which led to a 6 month long battle with the dealership on whose fault it was, eventually I convinced them they couldn't bamboozle me). I trust this mechanic a lot more, but it's still got me a little spooked.

In other news I'd like to give the captcha a few more days. It's been very effective in chasing off the spammers. I (as of Thursday) still saw them hitting the site, but their traffic is down, and I don't think they've found a way around the captchas to actually get a comment in on one of the old posts. I'm thinking of taking it off on Monday, so we'll see.

I've stepped down the Wellbutrin this week. I'm not sure how it's all working so far, but then it's been a stressful week. I'm going to stop completely today and see how we do over the next week.

3 comments:

cathschaffstump said...

I admire your ability to still crank out your chapter in all of that. This is a time of year where work is so all-consuming that I have a hard time.

Go you!

Catherine

Rick said...

Man, are you supposed to be self-dosing?d

Steve Buchheit said...

Catherine, well, I'm still trying to get the words out. Frankly, the end of the year is about my fourth (internal) deadline for finishing the draft zero on this novel.

Rick, well when I faced being laid off, since Wellbutrin isn't necessary for life or enhancing my insulin, I asked my doctor about going off it. I have instructions from then (basically, "Just stop" but I'm reversing my step up plan). And the Wellbutrin was never meant to be a long term thing.