Do you remember last fall when I was burned out, exhausted, unable to cope? And I asked my bosses for a 6 month sabbatical, during which time I would do the tax program, and only the tax program, then take off a couple of months before coming back, and when I came back I would do the job on my job description, and only that one? Not the three or four others that I also was trying to do?
Remember how they said no, that just wouldn’t work for them? And how I was so fried I felt I had no option but to quit? They were surprised but didn’t change their minds, except to say they would pay me to do the tax program? I operated on the assumption that when tax season ended, so would my employment. I was OK with that. More so than was A, who does our bookkeeping. 🙂 But I knew we had some savings, and would survive, if not thrive.
Just before tax season ended, those same bosses posted my job. The one I wanted to do, without all the other stuff attached.
I applied. I interviewed. I negotiated as best I could for the salary/benefits package I wanted. We reached an agreement on that front, although not as much as the bookkeeper and I would have liked, it is a fair deal.
I start Monday. At my old place of employment, with my old boss, in my old seat. I won’t have as much responsibility, I won’t be an exempt employee, and I will have to work on Fridays. I think I can live with all of that. Because I think I will get home at a decent hour, and if I work a 50 or 60 hour week, I will get paid for those extra hours. I hope it won’t happen, though, because while I am very happy to be back, I do still wish I got that month or two off. But other than that, I actually got everything I asked for last fall, that they said they could not possibly do.
So, when I post my Friday list, it will likely be the last one for a while. Maybe I will change to weekend lists? Or maybe just save the concept for those rare Fridays I have off in the future..
Of course, I will still buy lottery tickets. Hope springs eternal!