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November 11, 2009

puzzling day off

Today is my first holiday from work and school not filled with obligations to either or both of those things.

Although I tried. I tried to go to work today, I really did. Unfortunately, when the school is closed, the school is literally locked and closed and don’t try to get in, even if you left your NaNoWriMo novel on the harddrive of your work computer and really, you just wanted to get it back.

It occurs to me that this is what it would feel like if school were my only priority. I could read 100 pages of Octavian Nothing, write 1,000 words, shower, run to work and back (or something that had a point but would take just as long) and still have time to plan out some dinner, cook it, watch Glee, and knock back some homework.

Gee, wouldn’t that be nice?

Some classmates in my program do just that. Others take two classes and work, and then look at me wide-eyed when they find out I’m taking three. Some are in the same boat as I am.

It’s not a bad boat to be in. Although I see, on my single Day Off of the semester, some of the things I am giving up. Like magazine collages. Napping. Penning visually appealing blog posts about interesting topics. Some kitchen creativity. Compiling all my Read Along At Home Guides from 2006 to 2009 in one gigantic spreadsheet.

I’m curious how other people – especially those in my program – do the work-life balance. It’s really the most compelling problem in my life right now, and has been for a few years.

How can I make it all fit?