Crazy Schedule and Respect for Single Parents

A bit off topic today, but that's ok.  It's my blog.  I choose the topic :)

I've barely had any time to game at all since I got home from PAX at the beginning of the month.  For those of you not looking at a calendar, that's 23 days ago.

I got home, had one day with my family, and then my wife left for a trip to Europe where she was gone for a little more than 10 days.  The same day she left I had 4 clients all contact me that needed things ASAP and were in a panic.

I quickly went into overdrive for work and parenting.  I watched my two kids (both under age 5) and worked more than my normal work hours while they were resting/sleeping.  I basically did nothing but work and take care of my kids for 10 days straight.  That's including Labor Day weekend.

This is the trade-off of being a freelancer.  I normally get flexible hours, but if I get slammed with work I'm the only person who can do it.  I don't have any teammates or co-workers to cover for me so I can take time off.  And since work is so random, I need to work whenever I can.  I never know when I'll have a slow month or two.

So work I did.  And parent.  And oh my god, I don't know how single parents do it.  That level of effort and exhaustion is amazing.  My wife got home after 10 days and while I've still been doing a ton of work I now have my second half to help with everything else.  If you're a single parent you are amazing and I applaud you.

It seems like things are finally getting more manageable but September has been absolutely crazy for me.  You probably didn't notice because I had a huge backlog of posts scheduled because of all the writing I did in August (for Blaugust).  But now I've eaten through my backlog and need to get back into the swing of writing regularly.

Expect the posts to fall back down to 5 days per week soon, now that the backlog has been posted.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some gaming to catch up on.


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