Work-Life Imbalance

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

An 80-hour week followed a 60-hour week which followed a 50-hour week – all a result of nine months of dedicated preparation. We ate, drank, and slept grant applications – with all the coffee, snacks, and bad jokes we needed to keep up with the frenzied pace of finalizing the eight projects. Being ahead of schedule was only a reprieve until we began examining each page of 24 five-inch binders to be absolutely confident of absolute accuracy – reading, cross-referencing, and verifying or reprinting. With the deadline met it’s now time for peace and pretty pictures (until next year starts on Monday).


99 words. Feedback appreciated. Another piece of non-fiction inspired by work. Thankfully the insanity of application season has passed with the deadline. Now I get to address the myriad of things I’ve managed to successfully ignore for the past three weeks.


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16 thoughts on “Work-Life Imbalance

        • I moved the comma, then took it out, then put it back in. It’s out again now. Originally I skipped the word “for” and it read “it’s now time peace…”. There was a grammar mistake, but I think it was the missing word and not a misplaced comma. It looks like our brains filled in the missing word and then played a trick on us trying to fix what wasn’t right. 🙂 Thanks for the help!


    • If I wasn’t so passionate about what I do the work these last few weeks would have killed me. It’s the only time of the year I see 2am with the consistency I did last week. Thank you, Nan, for reading! 🙂


    • It is a bit similar – work, rework, work, finish…wait for results. 🙂
      Thank you Doug – and thank you for the inspiring picture.


    • I do need a vacation! It was so hard to come to work today. I’ll take one in a couple of weeks. Until then, I have to many other jobs at work that need attention. No rest for the weary. 🙂


    • Thank you! Even as a words person, numbers put things in perspective for me. I’m glad they worked for you in this story.


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