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Friday, February 27th, 2009

Emotionally Drained

The last two weeks have been so emotionally draining for me. I can't tell you how glad I am that it's the weekend and I get to spend time with my husband.

It all started off with a co-worker shouting at me and slamming office doors after she had herself a little melt down. I realize that this is a busy time of year for her and she's got a few deadlines coming up, but we're all busy and this was completely unprofessional and immature. By the way, she has still not apologized but rather prefers to pretend the whole thing never happened which drives me insane.

Last week was a short week at work (Monday being President's Day) so I was feeling stressed at having 4 days to get all my work done. Add on top of that, we were completely over-booked on our photography schedule, so to make things work I was asked to shoot two jobs. Those 4 days to complete my office work for the week, just got reduced to two.

At one point during the week (when I was actually in my office), I was contacted by the police department of a town about 130 miles from here. This was totally out of the ordinary and unexpected. I'm not sure that I'm able to give many details about this yet, except to say they had a very unusual and mysterious situation on their hands and they were asking for me to help them. I wasn't able to give them the answers they need, but hopefully I put them in contact with someone who can. I'm hoping to hear more information soon, so I can put my mind at ease.

I was feeling pretty worn out (and helpless) at this point in the week when I received news that a good friend of mine had passed away. I'm not quite ready to blog about this entirely. I'm still a little mixed up and emotional about how it happened and somewhat at a loss for words.

This week of work included someone quitting, someone being fired, and my boss asking me to consider taking on a whole new set of responsibilities since these people have now left us with quite a void.

I've cried so many times this week I've lost count (and I'm generally not a very emotional person). I've seen my husband so few times this week, I'm worried he might begin to forget what I look like. I'm so exhausted emotionally and physically and I desperately need this weekend as a chance to catch my breath from the past two weeks and get ready for what else might be waiting around the next corner.

Can I have everyone join me in one big exhale?


Tags:  exhausted, work
19 Comments
justmeg
I am with you! I think the moon is in a weird cycle!
justmeg   Friday, February 27, 2009
nheinzel
Wow, Ames, what a week. Those things normally wouldn't happen to most people in several months, much less a week. Take a deep breath and exhale very slowly and please take care of yourself this weekend and get as much rest as you can. The cobwebs can wait...
!   Friday, February 27, 2009
tanya
Sounds like a crazy week!! Hopefully things will get better next week!
Things have been crazy with me too, so you are definitely not alone! Just breathe! :)
Tanya Mussetter   Friday, February 27, 2009
lgrant
Wow...that's a lot to handle in a short amount of time. I can see why you are exhausted and feel stressed. (Exhaling with you)

Hope next week gives you some relief and peace--it's always good to have that to step back and take a breath.

Try to give yourself as much time this weekend as possible to relax and refresh.
LGrant   Friday, February 27, 2009
igna83
Girl! Girl! GIRL!! I'm breathing in...in...still breathing in...more...aaaannnnnddd...OUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT! Feel better, yet? OK. Sorry to hear about your friend; please accept my sympathies. And I'm sure Jim remembers what you look like, and if he needs reminding, he can simply jump on HumzOo to see photos or look at your son! :O)

Hang in there, and blog/vent as often as necessary - wine and chocolate helps, too...I'm out of chocolate. Cake, that is. It was AWESOME! Hugs to you!!
Angi   Friday, February 27, 2009
Leslie
I'm so sorry about your terrible week. Things can only get better. Do something really nice for yourself tomorrow.
Leslie   Friday, February 27, 2009
Krys
So sorry to hear you lost a friend and its on top of everything else. Like everyone else has stated, it can only go up from here. I hope you have better times ahead. we humzooers are thinking of you.
Krystal   Friday, February 27, 2009
reera
I'm so sorry about your friend. This is just an awfully stressful time for those in the work force or out but not by choice. Do more with less has become the motto but we all have our breaking point. I vote for a weekend off. Do something nice for yourself even if its nothing more than locking yourself in the bathroom for a nice bubble bath. We are all thinking about you!
dannie   Saturday, February 28, 2009
George
I hope you have a great weekend and that you both get a good deal of time to chill as a family. A little rest can do wonders for the body and the mind.
LimeyGeorge   Saturday, February 28, 2009
Ames
Thank you so much guys!!! I got a little teary eyed just reading your sweet comments. It feels really good to know everybody cares so much. I love that our little Humzoo community has become such a friendly and supportive place. I've been making a mental list of all the wonderful things in my life right now. Thinking of those things and seeing this super smiley baby that I have here on my lap remind me that the good things outweigh the bad by far, and that I am truly blessed. You guys are the best and I really appreciate your warm thoughts. Thanks again for the love. :)
Ames   Saturday, February 28, 2009
mrsshoo
Oh, Lordy, Ames. I just read this. I, too, have a coworker (and friend) who has really hurt my feelings and who refuses to apologize. So I completely understand how frustrating this is!

I'm so sorry you had such a bad week, and I really hope you get to recharge your batteries this weekend and have a much better upcoming week!!
Sarah S.   Saturday, February 28, 2009
ktspencer
Hiya Ames! First, I hope you have been resting this weekend. Second, "big giant hugs!!". And finally, I would also like to apologize for acting like a baby when I had to come back to the office on wed. I'm sure you don't need everyone else's stress adding to yours. I hope it goes better for ya this week. :)
KTkat   Sunday, March 1, 2009
Ames
LOL Thanks Katrina! I hope you're feeling better. You know you're not the one who I hoping would apologize, right? I didn't give you a second thought after you left (no offense) except to wonder if flu germs could be transported on a CF card ;-) I appreciate your big giant hugs though! Remember to overdose on the vitamin C.
Ames   Sunday, March 1, 2009
ktspencer
Yeah, I figured it wasn't me that you were wanting an apology from. I've considered making cookies or something for all you office people that had to put up with the cranky, germy, me. That me is no fun at all. I am
Feeling much better now!
KTkat   Sunday, March 1, 2009
lgrant
KT, they might wish you to be sick more often if you make up with cookies.
LGrant   Sunday, March 1, 2009
_DELETED_Kristina
It will be okay Ames. Hang in there kiddo. Heard about your friend and I just can't find the words. Just know I care and I am thinking about you and saying a prayer.
Kristina   Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Ames
Thank you Kris! That means so much!
Ames   Thursday, March 5, 2009
_DELETED_wmflorence
ah work drama. i know about this all too well myself! this is the only way i could write to you that i could see! i should be sleeping instead of putzing around on this thing...great hanging with you
blackcoffee789   Tuesday, March 10, 2009
_DELETED_wmflorence
...guys last night!
blackcoffee789   Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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