Sick Days and Snow Days

That is my backyard. And I don’t live in Boston or Vermont. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware that the east coast has been hit with massive amounts of snowfall this winter. Now that I am a resident of the burbs, this involves shoveling out my car and driving on incredibly scary roads (or not driving at all). My kids have been kept home from daycare 3 times in the past two weeks. On top of this, I have had a vile cold that has blossomed into bronchitis, and my baby has the same thing. So I’ve had to keep her home from daycare as well. This adds up to a lot of staying home time—staying home with the kids. (And for those of you who don’t have kids, let me translate: you cannot get work done with children in the house, no matter how much tv you put on!) And of course deadlines are still deadlines and the work is there with no one else to do it.

In a regular job, if you stay home, you might write an occasional email, or hop on a conference call for a half hour, but you are OUT. There’s no working because you aren’t at work. This is totally not true when you are a work-at-home designer. Sick? Doesn’t matter. You’re there, the computer is there and you can’t really afford to take a day off and it’s tough for clients to be flexible when they can call you at home and you answer. In a regular office, you’re not physically there so somehow it’s just more official to be sick. Kids sick and stuck at home with you? Same. Kids stuck in the house with you because it’s another freaking snowfall? Same. So these past few weeks have been very trying. I’ve been juggling an illness, a baby illness, a job with 5 projects on serious deadlines, and lots of enforced quality family time.

This morning my kids were late to daycare because it snowed again and I had to shovel the driveway and sidewalk. But now it’s afternoon, and it’s WARM. The great thaw is coming! And somehow miraculously I sent those 5 projects to press last week! I’m ready to tackle new stuff. And…guess what? A weird slow work period. Seriously? Come on Mother Nature, give a work-at-home mom a break!