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I could get used to 4-day weekends every weekend...

When I applied for my current position, initially there was talk that it could be a 36-hour a week one, but silly me, I said "Let's just keep it at 40 and see how it goes, shall we?". As I was new to the job and environment, of course I was eager and perhaps a little too accommodating. I took on extra work and have done more than my fair share of overtime. It paid off, too, inasmuch as I got my contract extended; but now there's no question of me reducing my hours. On the contrary, with my manager so impressed with my progress she's indicated she's got me pegged for a senior position, I don't think now's the time to start asking to work less. She obviously thinks I'm as big a workaholic as she is.

Not that I really need more time off; not now when I'm sleeping better. What a difference a good pillow makes! It was an impulse buy picked up in a sale, I didn't think I needed another pillow, but when I woke up the next morning, I was amazed to find that I could actually sit up in bed without feeling as if I were being sawn in half. Before, I always had to sort of roll out of bed and then slowly and carefully, using all fours, get myself into a standing position. My back would be killing me, but now...I won't say I'm free of pain entirely, but it's manageable. And I don't feel so tired anymore, although that could just be down to the arrival of spring. Still, I wish things could go back to the way things were before I had my recurring bouts of sciatica, because every time I've had them I seem to be worse off.

This afternoon, I'm going to see Kate Winslet in The Reader; afterwards, I believe we're going to try out a new Mexican place. Beans and guacamole, when I feel fat enough already...::sigh:: yes, I have been putting on weight over the winter, and I'm not happy about it. If only I could instill some discipline in myself!


Apr. 13th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
I can certainly relate to both the back problems AND the winter weight gain. You are not alone.

The proper pillow and bed make all the difference. I'm still trying to find the right one for me (then the means to afford it LOL).

Well. 40 hours isn't terrible and you are used to it and that seem to appreciate you so that's okay too.

Apr. 14th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
40 hours is perfectly manageable, but when I think of the French and their 35-hour week, I do start to feel a touch envious. Plus, they can have wine with their lunches, and no one bats an eyelid.