Sunday Post with Berls | The one with the work stress

Posted February 28, 2021 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 5 Comments


The one with the work stress

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News at Home

I didn’t get around to working on my post until Saturday night – so no day-by-day recap this week. Let’s see what I can remember about the week.

Sunday we had our Psy-Changling chat, which was fun as always. Besides that, I was still mentally and emotionally recovering for the week prior and really didn’t do anything.

Monday and Tuesday I had to go to work for our Levels of Maternal Care survey. I left the house each day around 6 a.m. (Kiko got up to watch me go to the car, since I’m still a little jumpy from the attempted mugging a couple weeks ago). Kiko went into work 2 hours late each day and my brother watched Dante starting at 10 a.m. I got home from work around 6 p.m. and then I had to take Phil home (he doesn’t drive and we don’t want to make him pay for a ride when he’s doing us a favor) and got home close to 7 p.m. both days. So that’s a 13 hours day both days with only about 1 hour with Dante. Mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting.

Wednesday was a typical work day – except that I had a meeting to discuss our next survey (March 8-12). I had been under the impression that now that my replacement is trained I would be able to support from home. My boss apparently did not have that impression and expects me there. So the stress set in. She said we could talk about it in our weekly one:one (which was Thursday).

Thursday I tried really hard to find a way to not have to go in for the survey, but there’s no getting around it. And this time it’s 5 days. And only 1 week after I just had to go in for 2 days. And there’s no way Kiko can go in late like that for a whole week, especially so soon after just doing it for 2 days. And my brother really can’t get here before 10 a.m. So we have two hours we have to find coverage for. I didn’t tell Kiko any of this because he had enough on his mind… because he got his vaccine Thursday! Yay! Shots make him very nervous in general and it’s rare that I’m able to convince him to get a vaccine. He got the DTAP before Dante was born, flu shot this year and last, and now the COVID vaccine – all because he wants to protect Dante. He won’t do it for himself. Anyway, he got the shot after work and we had a very late dinner and bedtime for Dante as a result.

Which led to Dante sleeping until almost 9 a.m. Friday! I was shocked, that never happens. Work stayed busy all day and I really am missing getting paid OT. I guess being salary paid off the week of the blackouts though, so it’s a trade off. I told Kiko about work on Friday and, as expected, he blew a gasket. It’s just so hard to figure out what’s the right thing to do for Dante. We are trying to keep him safe from COVID, plus the normal safety concerns with a toddler, plus we want him happy It’s hard. We still don’t have a plan.

Saturday Dante let me sleep until 8 a.m. which was nice. The weather was rainy so we basically stayed in. I got groceries and did oodles of meal prep for the week. I need to do laundry today and clean the bathrooms, but otherwise, I should be able to relax and blog today. I hope.

Blog News

Can You Read a Series in a Month starts tomorrow and you can still sign up!


Michelle and I were planning a buddy read, but after a last minute discovery that we should really read 3 other books as well, we decided to switch series and read on our own. So instead I’ll be reading Princess of Hell by Eve Langlais. I have already read the first book but it was quite a long time ago. Plus I have all 4 books on audio for review, so I’ll be rereading.

Last week on Because Reading

Challenge update

This week I finished:

I’m participating in 4 reading challenges this year. Here’s how I’m doing:

Backlist Reader hosted by Lark @ Bookwyrms Hoard: 9 books this year

Library Love hosted by Books of My Heart & Angel’s Guilty Pleasures: 1 book this year (1 this week)

New Release hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms: 0 books this year

COYER (Winter) hosted by Because Reading: 13 books

2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Berls has
read 15 books toward
her goal of
50 books.

FitReaders (hosted by Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About & Felicia The Geeky Blogger)

My big goal for 2021 is to get down to my goal weight. It means losing 70 pounds this year. So far I’m doing a shit job, to be frank. But I have a game plan and I did the prep-work Saturday.

I know the “secret” to weight loss for me is less carbs (mainly in the form of sugar) and way more veggies. So I made a breakfast veggie and egg casserole for the week, a cauliflower veggie bake for dinner for a few nights, have a frozen stir fry for a few nights, roasted veggies for snacks, and prepackaged salads for lunches.

I also plan to start a free trial of Obe for the week and see how well virtual group fitness works for me, since I’m missing it and am not ready to get back to the gym yet with COVID.

Of course, in perfect irony, as I’m working on prepping all my veggies, the 7 BOXES of Girl Scout Cookies I bought in a moment of weakness showed up. I’ve put them up out of sight.

Weight gain/loss: +2.2 pounds

Added to My Shelf

I’m trying to be more responsible about keeping track of the books I acquire, so I’m going to start sharing them again. If I share them here, surely I’ll remember to add them to Goodreads, right?

How was your week? What are you Reading?

About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 2 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 22 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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5 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | The one with the work stress

  1. I know you have so much happening I don’t know how you manage sometimes. I feel like the switch to salaried instead of hourly and not increasing your pay much was a really mean move by them. I wish I lived there so I could help with Dante. But I like where I live. I’m surprised you don’t have more library books for the year – where are you getting all the Psy-Changeling? I’m so glad Kiko was able to get a COVID vaccine; I wish we could. Our state is still on just he over 65 and first responders and the like. I hope this week will be a big improvement. I get the feeling that it’s always something (Gilda Radner).

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