Running or Balancing?

The routine has changed up a bit.

In addition to the stolen bike, I cracked the screen of my phone two days ago, and so have not been enjoying my mornings nearly as much as when I was able to blog on my way in to work. My morning routine now includes taking a bus, and scrambling later and later to get out the door on time.

I wish my mother wasn’t having such a hard time at work, it really takes the energy out of her at the end of the day. All she does is sleep, work, sleep, work. Depressed, I think, so I try not to fall in with her pattern, by talking to people and making plans in my off-hours to get out of the house. As good as that feels, it doesn’t make it any easier to keep things clean and the fridge stocked and the dishes and laundry done and the bathroom tidy. If I don’t do it, it won’t get done.

Am I running away from responsibilities, or trying to balance what’s already on my plate? Both?

At work I have the opportunity to work on WordPress and try to figure out some of the intricacies of this website, so I thought I’d whip up a quick post here before settling in to start on the official stuff at 8:30. I am still enjoying the work that I’m doing.

All the best to all of you,



~ by A. L. Park on June 5, 2014.

3 Responses to “Running or Balancing?”

  1. ‘Like’ for a Mental Hug of encouragement. 🙂

  2. Ditto re the mental hug. ~hug~

    Here’s a topic to ponder regarding your beat (not necessarily touching on you):

    • When an employee has a significant other person who is a spouse or dependent, law and custom provide for the expectation that time off is sometimes needed.

    • But people with mental-health disabilities are more likely than the general public to have close ties to others with mental-health issues, such as: family members other than dependent children or elders; other residents of a group home or commune; closely interdependent roommates (or sharers of a homeless encampment); or alcoholics who sponsor / are sponsored.

    /Question/: For an employee with a mental or emotional disability, to what extent, if any, should an employer expect or allow absenteeism for the purpose of tending to nonspousal/non-dependent significant others? Is this an extra cost explicitly or implicitly understood by hiring managers, the way that potential motherhood is an extra cost affecting the relative hireability of younger women, or the extra costs associated with those who are obese, or smokers, or old, or or or?

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