Saturday, February 27, 2010

Leaving Work at Work

This past week at work was pretty rough.  I had to kill a project I've been working on for 9 months, after we'd paid money to have IT programming work done, after spending umpteen hours with umpteen people testing all of the aspects, and after getting some persistently unhelpful people in trouble, after getting in trouble myself.  A few managers had pinned their hats on this project, so nobody was happy to have it stopped.  Myself included.  This corporate culture doesn't take things like this well.

Truth is, if I had been focusing on it fully like I should have in July and August, we may have discovered the fatal flaw earlier, and we wouldn't have to be starting over right now.  It will be no surprise to you readers that I have a hard time mustering up a lot of enthusiasm for whether my company makes 7% profit or 9% profit.  Honestly, I don't care.  My first priority and focus is the 'stead.  But the truth is also, I should be doing a better job.

Anyhow - this week has been a bad one and I'm feeling a little beaten up and faded around the edges.  So it was extra special nice to come home (in yet more snow) to see this...

Kinda helps me leave work behind and put things in perspective...


  1. I hear ya! I also work in a high stress environment, and coming home to the farm is the best part of the day. No matter how bad of a day I've had, seeing Clyde the llama come over to the fence to greet me as I come into the driveway, always makes the day better.

  2. Yup....seeing the excitement on my children's faces when they discover eggs in the nesting boxes, hearing the contented sound of chickens clucking and chirping, watching rabbits scratch and groom and nibble on alfalfa kibble, wondering down to the basement to see newly sprouted vegetable seedlings.....yup. That's what it's all about.

  3. That's tough, Jordan, dealing with work issues and a place you'd rather be...... Wow, that's tough.

    But.... watching how you try something new ALL the time, I bet you find something new in your work soon, and that's what pays the bills while you make the plans for the 'stead.

    Hang in there!

  4. Yeah folks - sometimes it seems like all the good stuff happens at home! Corporate work is not what I want to do, but it is how I pay for everything I want to do, so I should do my best to keep the job. At least for now!

    I have been doing a bunch of new things lately - I haven't had much of a reason to slow down. The time will come when I don't feel like doing any 'stead work for a while - I'll be able to easily take a break then, knowing I've earned it!

  5. Yeah, this past little while at work has been no picnic..and I work for my FIL, and there are family issues along with business issues and WOW, do you think I should just take a very long walk?? No chickens to distract me.. just how long does it take everyone to clear their head from work stuff to home stuff??