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Thread: Ugh. This is hard!

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    Ugh. This is hard!

    My company has a shut-down over the Christmas holiday. I've been off work (paid!) since December 23. It was sooooooo nice to sleep in, stay in my jammies, and sew ALL DAY LONG. Nirvana.

    Had to come back to work today. I've hit the 3:00 PM "wall" when you know that you're not going to do any more work today (barring a co-worker standing in front of you waiting for you to complete a task).

    I think they should have "eased" us back into the work week schedule. 1/2 days for the first ... oh ... 4-5 months should work
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    I feel your pain. I'm a teacher - just coming off two weeks vacation. We were back to it YESTERDAY - with the kids. Don't believe I've missed seeing the Rose Parade before. Today is a bit easier than yesterday so hang in there.

    I keep forgetting that I need to stand on my feet at least 6 hours a day during vacation times so it won't be as difficult to come back. And .. I know, I know ... my kids do have "real jobs" that don't have the down time I do so I understand how wonderful it is. (I've been teaching 34 years and my 29 year old daughter makes more than I do. Those down times come with a price.)
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    A person could get used to paid time off, even in the winter! Can't say I enjoyed my day back either and made it a point to do only what HAD to get done. While "visions of quilting danced in my head". Retirement can't come quick enough!

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    My daughter just went back to work today after having breast cancer surgery on the 15th of Dec. Talked to her and she is doing pretty good. Said she isn't getting much work done since everyone is stopping in her office to see how she is doing.

    Pat in cold MN (windchill is single digits)

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    Amen!! same here...poohy on work!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    My company has a shut-down over the Christmas holiday. I've been off work (paid!) since December 23. It was sooooooo nice to sleep in, stay in my jammies, and sew ALL DAY LONG. Nirvana.

    Had to come back to work today. I've hit the 3:00 PM "wall" when you know that you're not going to do any more work today (barring a co-worker standing in front of you waiting for you to complete a task).

    I think they should have "eased" us back into the work week schedule. 1/2 days for the first ... oh ... 4-5 months should work
    SUEB

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    Well, the butt is in the chair but the brain is not entirely engaged yet. Let's hope it won't take 4-5 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx View Post
    I feel your pain. I'm a teacher - just coming off two weeks vacation. We were back to it YESTERDAY - with the kids. Don't believe I've missed seeing the Rose Parade before. Today is a bit easier than yesterday so hang in there.

    I keep forgetting that I need to stand on my feet at least 6 hours a day during vacation times so it won't be as difficult to come back. And .. I know, I know ... my kids do have "real jobs" that don't have the down time I do so I understand how wonderful it is. (I've been teaching 34 years and my 29 year old daughter makes more than I do. Those down times come with a price.)
    Jan, What do you teach? I teach KDG and yesterday (Mon) was my first day back as well. The kids were very lethargic most of the morning. Finally, after lunch I started to see some life in them! Today, I had several who were very grouchy...one little guy had crying tantrums when he didn't get to play with the toys he wanted at indoor recess. (He is generally a very well-adjusted child.) Both days have been a struggle. This is my 33rd year of teaching and I understand about kids making more than we teachers do. Our youngest will graduate from college this spring...she has accepted a job offer from the firm she interned with last summer. Her salary will be as much as I make and her benefit package is much better! But..that is what we send our kids to college for, isn't it? Our oldest child, our son, is 29 and is a farmer. And our middle daughter is in graduate school (speech pathology).

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    I am reading these posts about different jobs and their pay.. I always told my kids, do not ever look at a job for how much you will make. Look for a job you will entirely enjoy. Do you want to be doing a job making $50,000 a year and hate it..or do a job making $40,000 a year and love it? Your life will be so much easier if you love your job. So my nephew gave up his high paying job.. to go back to school to be a math teacher. I give him credit, as in this day and age.. no way could I or would I want to be a teacher. Right now I think they have the most thankless job around.. and the hardest. The students seem to have all the rights..and teacher done.
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    Ahhh the joys of retirement. Sorry didn't mean to gloat.

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    Reading these posts made me think of myself before retirement. I was a special ed teacher. What I love most about retirement is being in total charge of my schedule.
    For several years before I retired, I thought about and planned what I would do.
    Work is work. Plan something wonderful for yourself even if it's just 15 minutes of solitude. Be nice to yourself just in case no one else has time to be nice to you.
    Hope each day gets easier.

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    "I was a special ed teacher. What I love most about retirement is being in total charge of my schedule. "

    I have 2 more years of teaching before I retire and I'm looking forward to this too....plus getting to pee whenever I need to
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    To all you teachers out there...God bless! I taught for many years in several different states. My daughter is a math specialist in middle schools in a major city and the stories she told me over vacation would curl your hair!!!! The disrespect by some students and parents is astonishing. I keep asking why she doesn't do something else, but she is SO committed to helping teachers help kids to learn math and raise their test scores. She said the kids really need the help and the teachers need support. That said, her two younger brothers, both in business, make way more money than she does. For me, it's not just about the money, it's about respect for her profession. I'm so glad I'm retired now.
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    Pam B - I am in my 34th year of teaching - most of those have been in elementary music. For the last 25 years I have been teaching 4th and 5th graders. I teach in Texas and we still expect our children to pledge to the flags (US and Texas), observe a moment of silence, and use "Yes, Ma'am" and "No, Ma'am" when appropriate. We EXPECT it, but seems like we get it less and less. There are still many joys in my job, but retirement is beginning to look mighty good! Since I have been in the same small town for so long I now have the children of children I've taught. I have a guitar class and now have guitars in the group that were used by parents many years ago. There can be so much satisfaction, but today when a child answered with, "OK, whatever" when asked to stop talking it seemed just a bit much. Sigh.......
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    I am a retired teacher and I must say I haven't looked back. I have a great pension, tons of leisure time and no bells to organize my day. Loved my job and the kids, but love this life phase as well. I still teach but only seniors and only one day a week.

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    I feel your pain .. we have had 4 day weeks at work (Oh yeah and 1-3 day workweek) since Christmas and this is our last 4 day work week .. sigh... have to go back to work and a 5 day work week ? BLAH is all I gotta say .. LOL
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    I taught for 30 years, but retired three years ago. I LOVE being retired! It's awesome....retire ladies, retire...don't you have your years in???
    I have to admit that I miss working with the kids, but I sure don't miss all the early hours and late hours, grading, paperwork and record keeping, stress, parental griping, etc. lol
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    so glad those days are behind me but i know how you feel. i love retirementand hope someday you can retire
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    I take care of my two youngest grandsons all day five days a week, but that is a lot differant from teaching, i feel sorry for some of the teachers, and then their are those who should retire, because they have had it with the kids, parents, and the system. The parents are no help whatsoever, i think they send their kids to school because they have no babysitter, which is a shame. When i was in school you misbehaved ar did something wrong you got paddled, then you go home and get it worse. Thats what is wrong in todays society, kids get away with so much and so do the parents. Teachers are underpaid and under minded and don't desreve this kind of treatment.
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    Speaking from experience, be sure and have a very healthy retirement fund. Or plan to get a part time job, which I am planning to do soon. Happy quilting!!

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    A person could get used to paid time off, even in the winter! Can't say I enjoyed my day back either and made it a point to do only what HAD to get done. While "visions of quilting danced in my head". Retirement can't come quick enough!
    Have a blessed day.

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    I found out 2 weeks ago I had vacation to use or loose.... so I have been off since 27th... go back the 9th... I am almost 63 working as a dental assistant, We need the health ins. as hubby had a heart attack 10 yrs ago... I can't wait to retire..... I really struggle with the young coworkers.... cobra is looking better all the time. Quilter 1234

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    I'm an LPN and still working pretty much full time...for the insurance, of course, but the people I serve are the biggest reward. Seven years ago when I took this position, I wasn't sure I'd like working with mentally and physically challenged adults, but more often than not, they've brought smiles to my face and warmth to my heart. God willing I'd like to work another three years at the pace I'm at, but would like to continue at two days a week after that. we'll see how things go.
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