Jun 19, 2017

Life This Week 19/6/2017: A Week Of Difficult Adulting.

via Etsy


You know how full-time adulting is hard?  I think it's such a shame that you can't sometimes pause your subscription of it like you can a gym or Netflix membership.  

Life this week has been a series of reality checks.  It's been a week of having to adult with every fibre of my being.  

It's been a week full of reminders about just how delicately balanced the various roles and responsibility of my life are. A week full of those unscripted moments that remind me of how easy it still can be to find the joy when things have all managed to go pear shaped simultaneously.  It's also been a week where I've had to acknowledge that the buck stops with me whether I like it to or not.

It's been a week of personal growth and while it's been tiring and headache-inducing, it was one of those weeks that I had to have.


Work has been hectic.  It always is coming off a long weekend but I had the added challenge of juggling an unwell preschooler and his needs with a patient list that was off the scale in terms of both numbers and complexity.  Usually, life plays ball and it's either one or the other but this week I had the list that truly had it all.

My initial reaction to that first day back was to rush home, give Preschooler SSG a huge hug and have my 'lunch' of buttered toast at half past three as I went over my notes and went over plans and diagnoses in case I might have overlooked something.  Fortunately, nothing came to mind but it was a good chance to process the drama of the day.



Friday at work was even more action packed than Wednesday but at least I was doing it on the back of a day off with a fighting fit Preschooler SSG.  We shared a gingerbread man for morning tea.  Perhaps it was the 'foot' that was part of my share that kept me kicking on through the day that was Friday....



I had the chance to be a trial examiner for our college's clinical exam on Saturday.  Ironically, it's probably more nerve-wracking being an examiner than it is a candidate.  So much time has passed since I did the exam and I've become so foccussed on what I do on a day to day basis that I've basically lost the breadth of knowledge I had when I passed the exam.

Funnily enough, I actually really enjoyed the morning.  Armed with good coffee and a 'morning of' cram session with my index cards and textbook from back in the day, I reckon I got at least a pass as an examiner and I even learnt a fair bit from the excellent candidates I was lucky enough to have on the day.


Sometimes, there's only one thing to do when the universe royally disrupts your work life balance.  Plan and book a holiday for a month's time.  Preschooler SSG and I are officially heading to The Snow next month.  We're going with old and dear friends.  Our group have no plans or ambitions beyond enjoying the journey there and back, sharing a lovely house for the weekend and creating some memories for the boys.

How's your week been?  Was it a week of hard adulting and teachable moments?


21 comments:

  1. Sorry you've had a tough week SSG! Must have been something with last week as it was equally difficult here. Life can sometimes throw yo a lot of curveballs at once. I'm hoping that this week is easier for you - sounds like you did manage to get some clarity and feel better in the end :)

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    1. Here's to a better week for all of us, Mica!

      SSG xxx

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  2. I hear you SSG as my daughter is a working mum of a 3 year old. She travels quite a bit for work and unfortunately two weeks ago collapsed and had to have emergency surgery. It was all hands on deck and even now two weeks later I can see it is hard being a Mum when you aren't well. Hope you have a lovely week.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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    1. Sue,
      I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope she is having a speedy recovery.

      SSG xxx

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  3. Sorry to year you've had the week from hell. They suck. So happy to hear you've booked a get away!

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    1. Light at the end of the tunnel, that getaway!

      SSG xxx

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    1. I haven't been to the snow in ages. Can't wait.

      SSG xxx

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  5. Glad you survived that tough week and hope this week is much better for you. A holiday to look forward to sounds great x

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    1. Thanks Ness. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

      SSG xxx

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  6. SSG FTW!!! I hope you gave yourself a good pat on the back for your tremendous feats of adulting. I will give you a virtual one (pat pat pat)

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  7. Glad you are back on track - please consider getting a keep-a-cup for your takeaway coffees.

    I buy a coffee each morning and had no idea my takeaway cups were not recyclable.

    A lot of cafes now give you a discount if you bring your own mug.

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    1. Bought my keep cup but keep forgetting it.

      Promise to get onto it pronto!


      SSG xxx

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  8. Mate, I felt for you when I read this. Gosh, this parenting gig along with big work responsibilities is hard for a single person..for SURE!! You do all you can to make your little guy's life just wonderful. Pat on the back in order!! Thanks for linking up today for #lifethisweek 25/52. Next Week: Halfway Review 2017.

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    1. This week is looking much better at least, Denyse! Hope all is well with you.

      SSG xxx

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  9. What a great get-a-way to look forward to. Enjoy!!

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  10. What a rough week. But it sounds like you handled it well! I hope your preschooler is 110% better now and that things at work have settled a little. I can't even imagine being an examiner. Have a fantastic week xx

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  11. Sounds like a tough one... but with a trip to the snow planned that gives you something to look forward to!

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