Friday Catch Up

Friday, May 11, 2012

On a Friday at the end April, my coworker resigned. The following Wednesday, I left for a short trip to NYC with my family. The trip was fun, but I lost my driver's license and missed my flight home, so it was not without its fair share of drama.

I was totally stressed about being away from work for the trip since there are only two of us there on a daily basis, and 2-2=0. A few gracious people in our company covered my office for three days when I was gone and tried their best, but let's just say that I came back to chaos and a ton of work to do.

Our hotel was right in the middle of Times Square! The trip was a Christmas present from my MIL & FIL.
The following ten days were hell, pure and simple. We're heading into the busy season in the rental housing industry. I have a lot of vacant apartments to rent, so I've been looking forward to it. But losing staff and being away doesn't set you up for a particularly easy beginning of the month. Those ten days I worked long hours, going to work at 8 a.m. and sometimes getting home at 9 p.m. only to wash my face, brush my teeth, crawl in bed, get up the next morning and do it all over again. It gave me a whole new appreciation for getting paid hourly. I miss that. :)

It wasn't pretty -- I melted down in front of my boss more than once. Sometimes I couldn't answer the phone because I was almost in tears at my desk, overwhelmed and stressed and tired. I say all of that not to incite pity, but to say this: it's hard when life is that hard. It's hard to interact with people, to smile, to say "fine" when people ask how you're doing. It's humbling to want to be the hero, the one who can handle it -- when some days you just can't. I think we all have those days.

But Wednesday, this Wednesday? I came out from under water. I made it through month end and rent collection and late letters and emerged a whole new person. Okay, not really, but I do feel so much better. I worked hard, and I got things done. I survived. 

{As a side note, you may think I'm being super dramatic. I mean, I manage an apartment community -- I'm not exactly saving lives Monday through Friday. But dealing with people's housing is more stressful than you might think. Especially when you're helping people move to a new area. Where people call home is important, and being a part of that isn't something I take lightly.}

And yesterday? Yesterday I actually checked my office phones several times to make sure they were indeed plugged in and working. It was so quiet! I couldn't have been more thankful. I got a lot done & soaked in the peacefulness. I think today will be crazy, but I'll make it, and then it's the weekend!!!!! :) I love the weekend.

Oh, also? I'm running a 5k {Throo the Zoo} on Saturday. I haven't run {or worked out at all, actually} since before NYC. Almost three weeks! The race will be hard, but I'm glad to have something lined up to whip me back into shape. 

So that's my Friday catch-up post. Life was hard there for a while, but things are looking up. Did I mention it's almost the weekend? :) Happy Friday, friends! I hope your day is great.


Amanda said...

Wow, I think you were describing my life there for a minute... :)

I hope you had a good Friday.

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