Ironically, our master bathroom renovation became a symbol for what was wrong with my schedule.
The bathroom workman was an employee of the design store we chose. We quickly decided he was trustworthy, and I didn't think twice about leaving the house when he was there. The first time I left a door unlocked because I had to be at work before he arrived I stopped and thought about all the scheduling issues I've had over the past three years working at the mall Customer Service desk.
I only work 20 hours a week, spread out over four days, but if you count commuting time it's closer to 26 hours (because I always allow longer to get there to allow for traffic issues). That doesn't sound like a lot However, the shifts broke up my day so I never had long blocks of free time. I've had to turn down innumerable invitations from friends to meet for lunch or a cup of coffee because I had to be at work. Other meetings were stressful because I had to keep an eye on the clock.
There is a whole list of projects that aren't getting done around the house. Starting with the almost-finished new bathroom. It needs to be painted, which is on us. We have two choices. I could easily do the job, but it would take having a free day. Or we could hire the work out, which would be more expensive and we'd have the issue of not knowing if the painter was trustworthy.
In addition to the bathroom, there are several more rooms that could use a fresh coat of paint, and for several years I've been saying I'll update the light fixtures. For the second year in a row the lawn and garden renovations (which in our area is best done during September) didn't get done because we couldn't get to it.
After mulling the issues over it over and talking with Hubby Tony, I decided to give notice at my job. I typed up an official letter of resignation, and gave it to the Boss. Two weeks from today will be my last shift. I'm going to miss the job, and many of the people I've met over the three years I've worked at the mall, but I'm excited to think about all the new projects that await..
Of course the downside of not having a job means the paychecks will disappear. To make up some of the loss. I'm going to be doing more independent marketing research.
Five years ago today: California Dreaming