Thanks to a flurry of texts I received from coworkers yesterday, regarding issues at work, I woke up at 1:00am thinking about how to address the issues, and couldn’t get back to sleep.

To be fair, they actually made it 12 days without bothering me, but they just couldn’t give me my final day of respite before the onslaught of things that await me to address when I return.

For the record, I am one of 3 people with the same job, title, and salary, and I have 4 people above me, but somehow I have become the problem solver in my office and nothing was handled in my absence – by anybody.


My first day back to work (today) should be fun with so little sleep and so much waiting for me to address upon my return. Not a pleasant welcome back, that’s for sure.

8 years, 6 months, 2 days until retirement.

It can’t come soon enough.

8 thoughts on “Awakening

  1. I well recognise that situation, S/b, and it’s in no way pleasant.. I once overheard some more senior officers at my then work, thinking that I was out of earshot though I happened to be just beyond the door, saying “They say that if you want something done properly give it to someone who’s busy – that’s why we all get Ray to do it!” and then collectively laughing. (I was the only ‘Ray’) It should have been flattered but part of me was annoyed and exasperated at being so ‘used’. From what you say it sounds like your ‘colleagues'(!) have been depending on your return so they could have a cushier life, or at least one with a few problems less for them, the lazy so-and-sos!
    Let’s hope an unexpected windfall can eliminate your next 8.5 years of work or, rather, make them a be a period of healthy, work-free whoopees!


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