Did we really have a long weekend? It seems like yesterday I was thrust back into work. Like walking downhill only to stumble and roll out of control. That was yesterday. I saw it coming. We’d gone to a meditation retreat over the weekend. It was going too blissfully.
Still, I got a good deal of work done on the large project. Amen for document compare and combine features! They’ve saved me already a huge bulk of reformatting. I still have to go through the combined document and accept/reject changes, but I no longer have to set up styles and get Word to cooperate and stop giving me fits.
I had to turn down a smaller project. Well, not turn it down completely, but as I was explaining my parameters and time limitations to the editor, I realized squeezing it in wasn’t going to work too well. I have maybe one weekend left before my trip and after my surgery in which to get any work done on the suggested project (don’t even ask about my weekdays – they’re booked). No way I’d leave an article until the weekend before I go away. I just can’t. I love that they find me with work, and if I knew anyone who could take on the subject matter, I’d pass it on. It’s pretty specialized, though, and I don’t like subbing out articles. Too much at stake for everyone involved, and too easy to screw it up.
That said, October is going to be lean in terms of work. Two weeks off at a time when two weeks off may hurt financially, but I have to make it work (to quote Project Runway’s Tim Gunn). I’ll be paying taxes next week, which will strap me nice and tight. Wee. It’s been a year like that. Every time I get ahead and get something in the account, out come the bills.
Maybe you’ve noticed it too, but every time you go on vacation, you come back to an empty desk. We spend so much time clearing things off the desk that we forget to line up our next few weeks of work for our return. I’ve been burned enough by that particular oversight – I’m searching now for things that can hold until I return. It’s a month out, I know, but I want to get feelers out, then hit them hard the week before I get on the plane. Much of what I’m doing now are travel article queries – a little late, in my opinion, but still worth tossing into the mix. Also, I had a great idea for a longer piece on heritage searches. Get that formulated and find it a home, I say.
So how do you handle your pre-vacation workload? What’s your post-vacation plan look like? Do you have one? Do you need one? Does anyone else think Paula needs to get up from the computer and get herself a vacation?