It's interesting how life changes. Last year I was in an increasingly stressful job thousands of miles away from anything famliar, and trying to juggle the different roles that were being thrust upon me. Not only was I the front line help desk person, I was also the server guy, the email guy, the backup guy and the sound guy, and as the temperature rose I was also the sweaty guy. All these things were getting more intense until I finally injured myself in Summer and almost collapsed from all the stress.
Once we got back to familiar ground and where we thought life would get normal, we found that while we were gone, life here in Southern Manitoba had also kept going and things were not exactly how we left them. Granted some of the things in our house were exactly where we left them, but it turns out they too change over time and a year is not a kind thing to a bag of flour.
As my job before we left on our adventure was nothing special, when we returned I started a job more than an hour away from home. The commute was fine, and I enjoy driving, and I was allowed to work 4 ten hour shifts which made for a long day but I did get to spend Wednesday's at home. This last month my job moved to a much closer location, and now my commute is about 4 minutes instead of 80 and I get homebefore 6pm which is when I left work at the other store.
This has been a wonderful blessing, and I enjoy it, but there is a trade off. I no longer get an entire uninteruted day in the middle of the week to spend with my wife. I also now have time to take on other things of which there have been many. It seems that Sunday afternoon really is the only time when there is time to reflect on life and all that has and is given to me. I suspect that the only remedy is to go to bed earlier, but I've spent my life fighting that and it is so difficult to change.
I am lucky enough to have some projects put on hold, and my own list of things to do around the house are not so great that I won't be able to sneak in a few evenings of relaxing and putting my feet up. I think that will be good, but today there are still some responsibilities that mean I will have a bit more work to do at home before I get to sleep.