As adults, we definately know right from wrong. If we don’t then something went terribly wrong. In general adults know.

As a child, you took risks being naughty. You would either get caught, or you wouldn’t. As we grew into older adults, the risk was just too great. If I knew I could get away with naughty things and just get a spanking, I would take that! But there are more severe consequences as an adult. So for the most part, us adults are not naughty.

As you all know I have been working a ton of overtime. And I have just had enough. I chose to be naughty today and call in sick. I will still get overtime for the week, but have slowed the progress of the company to their deadline. I am just so dang tired. I am extremely irritable. A coworker gave me a stress ball. The stress ball did not make it! I chose to keep my mouth shut, not say a word, and feel better by staying home. Can any of you relate to this?

My frame of mind was almost to the point of crying, or anger at the drop of a pin. The logic of my work mates causes me much stress, and then there is this factor of those getting to work from home, tasking me to do things for them at work. I don’t mind helping out, but these coworkers, if they cannot get the job done by not being on the job, then maybe they need to come in.

So many mistakes are being made as a result of the home workers. And because I am at the bottom of the food chain (so to speak), the trickle down economics of it sucks. I am working way harder because someone else failed to work smarter.

I couldn’t take it anymore, and got up this morning when the alarm went off, and felt the tightness in my body from clenching during the night from the stress. (Last night my blood pressure numbers were odd and boy could I feel it) To avoid throwing out my back or getting muscle spasms in my neck I took the day off. What I was feeling this morning would lead to one or both of those things above. Isn’t this me taking care of me? I have placed the job first for months. My turn!?

Without overtime in life today, I am going to share some things I have worked on in the past month(s), and a new thing I just started today.

I have been trimming my scraps to squares for a few months. I needed the stress relief of the sewing machine and some fabric to run through it. As much as I need to work on the 365 quilt block challenge, I am too tired to work on something that complicated. So I started sewing some of the 2 1/2 inch scraps together. So naughty, not finishing what I have started, and then I am starting something else. But the ease of a simple 9 patch block sure does soothe the soul, mend the mind, tame the naughtiness. I feel so much better after sewing for about an hour.

I found this fun to take my tubs and sort through the colors and sew each block in a color theme. Each of these scraps hold so many memories of the projects I have made for others. Perhaps that fondness of those memories also helped me heal the effects of overtime.

The play with value on these pieces will be fun. I found I could use pinks in the brown blocks, neutrals in the green blocks, blues in the purple blocks. It felt good to have color back in my life!

I finished the Tripoli game mat! Put the last few stitches in the binding a couple of nights ago.

Ironically the backing to this is of what I thought was paper doilys, but when I really looked at it, they are tatted doilys! This fabric was gifted to me by my bosses wife.

Speaking of tatting, during these months of overtime, I decided to tat a doily. I so named it the overtime doily. It is not very big yet, but I will continue with this as time allows. I figured out what this is going to be, just by moving it to a new location. When/if I travel with my featherweight, it will be the protector cloth to keep the bed of the machine from hitting the machine when it is folded up. I still have a ways to go to make that work, but that is ok.

And I am also working on some handkerchief edging which I am totally consumed with right now. I have about 1 1/2 sides done. And I am dreaming of making some broom stick lace on some pillowcases. But I really want to finish either of these first.

I figured out during the construction of this if I put my ball into the cup, it does not roll off my lap and the weight of the cup does not tip over either. And it is agreeable storage when I am not working on it.

Tonight on this cool evening, I am breathing a sigh of relief. It has been a lovely day being me, in my house, with my family, I loath tomorrow. I know that things probably went down today at work as a direct result of things piling up over the past several weeks. I dread the news. I am however, NOT working any overtime for a while to try to get my normal attitude back. I will do what I can in 40 hours a week for a few weeks. They will just have to understand that running me into the ground is counter productive.

I aim to sew this weekend! What are your plans?

Thanks for stopping in and reading my rant!

7 thoughts on “Naughty

  1. Iโ€™m pretty certain youโ€™re entitled to a mental health day as part of your sick leave, and it definitely sounds like you needed one. The colours look amazing on those quilts, I hope that they cheered you up and that you can feel refreshed on Monday ๐Ÿ˜˜ take care


  2. You absolutely HAVE to take care of you or you will get very sick. Stress wreaks havoc on your immune system and will lead to illness – proven fact. There is NOTHING wrong with you calling in sick to relieve some of the stress if only for a day! I hope things get better for you at work and agree you need to start creating boundaries (no more overtime) or they will run you into the ground. Remember, they can only push you as far as you allow ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sending big HUGS your way ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Promise you not the only one going threw this, people are taking advantage of the covid situation to not work, not pitch up for work, leave early, putting stress on staff that feel responsible and get the job done. I have had horrible stress headaches because of irresponsible staff and in the end of the day get no recognition. That’s why I have taken a few “sick days” over the last couple of months. By the way, great crocheting and piecing.

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