EGADS, They’re Home Again…

| February 24, 2010

Let me start this post by saying that I love my children! They are the driving force for just about everything I do. After all, this blog would be called “No Job for This Woman” rather than “No Job for Mom” if I weren’t a mom.

Home from School

That being said…they’re home from school again. My daughter was out of school on Monday because the remnants of a sore throat (which caused her to limp just to prove how much pain she was in), hadn’t cleared. So, I made her stay home from school in order to fully recover.

It’s amazing though, how her recovery sped up around 6:30 PM right about the time we usually leave the house for her tumbling class. But being the strict, stern, uncaring, mean mother that I am, I didn’t let her take tumbling. My rule…If you can’t make it to school, you can’t make it to tumbling (or basketball, or football or the movies, or…).

I Digress

I put off my Monday’s writing until Tuesday when my limping daughter with the sore throat would be back in school. That way I wouldn’t have to worry about distractions. When Tuesday came, I got her off to school, my son went off to class, and I pulled out my dictating equipment only to receive a phone call telling me that they were closing the schools due to snow. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow, or so I thought.

Well, today is yesterday’s tomorrow and we’re snowed in. No school today, and from the looks of the forecast, there may not be school on Thursday or Friday either. Oh, and hubby has a 65 mile one way commute so he decided to work from home instead (wise move).

Drop in Productivity

Let me say this again. I love my family. I wouldn’t trade them for the world, but I do look forward to those  hours 5 days a week when everyone goes to school/work and I’m left with peace, quiet, Fido and my laptop. That being said, I guess I won’t accomplish nearly as much as I originally had intended to accomplish this week.

Rather than try to hole myself up in the office and work, I decided to take an impromptu vacation. I’ll write if I can, but I’m not going to beat myself up if my productivity takes a bit of a drop. After all, why bother to be a freelance writer if you can’t take time off when you want/need/are forced to?

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Category: Freelance, Self Employed, Working from Home, Writing

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Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites.

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  1. prerna says:

    Oh I so totally agree with you on this one. Since my toddler is not yet in preschool, days when the husband is off work, are totally no work days. Since his health has been quite poor lately, there have been many off days. And yes, I agree, what’s the point of passive income if you can’t take a day off every now and then.
    Am sure you’ll be writing at full speed once everyone’s off to work and school!
    Till then, enjoy the warmth of their company and the chill of the snow:-)
    P.S. I envy the snow, you;re having.. It is so WARM here, it’s awful!
    Blessings and best wishes,
    Prerna
    .-= prerna´s last blog ..Project Sexy New Girlfriend =-.

  2. Mandy Harris says:

    What a timely post… my girls just had winter break on the heels of one being home sick. In just about two weeks comes spring break.

    Love the kids and husband… but writing gives us extra cash and mom something more: a sense of identity that doesn’t revolve around taking care of everyone else.

    Writing is just as much for my sanity as our pocketbooks. And after a few days of not being able to focus on it, I’m just about crawling out of my skin.

  3. You definitely have the right perspective on things. What is the point of having a great passive income if you never get to take a day or two off here or there to really enjoy the things that really matter in life? It’s not like there isn’t plenty of writing work left when you do get back to having some peace and quiet 🙂
    .-= Master Dayton´s last blog ..Entry Level Writers: Don’t Get Discouraged =-.

  4. Krista says:

    Oh this is great. Thanks for the post – It’snice to know I am not alone. If my husband and daughter are home there is no way to get any writing done. My husband chats away while I try to think and he has now advised me that I have a computer addiction.

    My daughter is two so I really can’t look away or she is climbing on chairs and jumping off couches. I save my writing for the weekends when hubby is at the gym and my little princess is napping.

    I wouldn’t change it for the world because I am writing for my family – so we can have extra money and maybe one day I can be a stay at home mom (my dream!).

  5. Tashana says:

    Great post Felicia. I swear this must be a writer’s plight because it seems that whenever I settle my mind to focus solely on my work here comes every distraction known to man; the fed-x guy; my son vacillating between hunger and starvation – and still not knowing what he wants to eat; my hubby (God love him) telling me yet another story about engineering, math, and some funny guy named Joe in his class; it never ends.

    There are those days when I have just about had it and I hole myself up in my room, stick my earphones in my ear, turn the music up on my laptop and forget about everything…and that works for all of, hmmmm ten minutes – and then it starts all over again

    I’m with you. I love my family. They are wonderful and I wouldn’t change anything about them, but some days I just want to soup them all up on Nyquil and bury myself in my writing while they sleep away…lol…does that make me a bad person

  6. Crystal says:

    I hear you, Felicia. I also struggle with productivity when my routine is disrupted.

    We also have fresh snow! Not sure if we’re snowed in and don’t intend to find out. We have less than an inch here at the house but the vehicles live almost 1.5 miles and 1,200 feet above us so there’s definitely more up there. If I really did need to get out, I have 4WD and chains, but I think I’ll just wait for a sunny day – I’m not crazy about snow anyway, so why would I want to hike over a mile in the stuff? 🙂
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..What’s in a Name – the Birth of Rugged Canyon Jewelry =-.