Hello and welcome. Come on in from the cold and have a hot drink with me.
It’s been cold around here this week. We had our first frost this week. I woke up Friday morning (was it?) to find a temperature of 31-degrees-Fahrenheit (-1-degree-Celsius) displayed on the desktop screen of my computer. I hurried downstairs and looked out into my backyard garden. Sure enough, the frost took my tomatoes and cucumbers (RIP). Thankfully, I covered my 7-tier planter, my peas, and vegetables in frost protection blankets.
There was a thin film of frost at the very top of my peas – the part that’s touching the frost blanket – but the rest is still very much okay. I later went out and found a layer of incredible clear ice on top of the storage bin lid. I held it to the sun and it shimmered like glass, wish I had taken a picture of that.
I think this is just one of those freaky weather phenomenons because it’s supposed to get warm again. Will there be a normal winter this year? Who knows.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you after back-to-back 50+ hours workweeks, I’m ready for a break and just forget about work this weekend. I’m exhausted and my right hand is hurting every night when I’m trying to sleep. I don’t know how many more weeks I can do this.
Of course, I can’t complain to anyone in the family as anyone will say they’ve worked more hours than my measly 50. Mom said she’d worked 72 hours so my 50 is nothing.
For the past two weeks, I have been non-stop billing and yet, the orders kept piling in, and no matter what I do, I can’t overcome it, at least not when I’m billing all of it by hand. It’s been one obstacle after another and the product pricings and names are all messed up. Half the time, I’m not even sure what someone ordered and just crossed my fingers I don’t get an angry email from customers saying I misbilled them.
My co-workers offered to help me but with the new screwed-up pricing implemented into the new system, I’m not sure who really knows how to bill anymore.
While I muddled through the long workweek, I’m finding I have brain-fog. It’s been happening for a few weeks now and I feeling it’s getting worse because of the stress. It’s like my short-term memory is gone. I constantly have to write things down to remember but the memory-loss feels selective – I can remember somethings but not others.
It’s all stress from work and life. I know it’s getting to me. If you ask my mother, she would say otherwise. She would say, “Stress? What stress? You don’t have any stress.” Then she would proceed to name all the things I have.
Unfortunately, she doesn’t know the biggest stress is living with her.
I would thank you for joining me in this edition of #weekendcoffeeshare and hope we’ll both return next week.