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Uploaded: Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Saturday, September 30th, 2006.

I’m exhausted, ill, and stressed. I’m just on autopilot, and feel terrible. Every weekday is like this:

  • 7:00 Get up, get kids up, make breakfast, shower, get kids ready for school;
  • 8:15 Get kids into car;
  • 8:25 Drop kids off at school. I’m breaking the school rules dropping them off this early. They frequently get told off for it, but the staff have never said anything to me;
  • 8:25 Drive 20 miles to work as fast as I can;
  • 8:59 (Yes, exactly 8:59 everyday) Enter work and clock-on. Despite being management, I’m still docked wages if I’m more than three minutes late;
  • 9:00 Work in a place that I hate. My staff hate me (except for Emily, who’s wonderful), management hate me, most of the other staff hate me;
  • 12:00 Work through my lunch. I’m not allowed a lunch break, as I need to leave 30 minutes early. I know this is illegal, but I need to leave at 5pm;
  • 17:00 Clock out. Drive 20 miles to the school as fast as I can;
  • 17:30 Collect Natalia and Jack from the after-school club. Lateness can incur a fine, persistent lateness can mean a ban!
  • 17:35 Cook dinner (I refuse to do microwave dinners), homework, baths, laundry, tidying etc;
  • 20:00 Start work. Designing websites, flyers, posters etc. I don’t always have this work to do, but it’s better than being bored. I’d love to work for myself, doing this full time, and tell those bastards who I work for to get stuffed;
  • 0:00 Bed.

And I’m poorly. It’s like ‘flu- headaches, blocked nose, sore throat, cough… Every day I use nearly half a roll of toilet paper at work just blowing my nose. I used to get this before I split with Katrina, although not as severe, and I’m usually ill for about three weeks a month. The doctor’s run all sorts of tests in the past, but to no avail. I’ll go and see him again for the usual dose of antibiotics, which won’t work. They never do.


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5 Responses to “ Knackered ”

    Sheila commented at 2:41 pm on February 2nd, 2011

    Being a single parent sucks at times – it’s the hardest job to and on top of a full time job. No wonder you feel so low. You should have a go at doing websites – is there any grants you could apply for? Just the relief of not going into work would obviously be a big relief for you. the children won’t be young forever – although it seems like it right now – things will get easier – believe me I have been there.


    Lee commented at 2:57 pm on February 2nd, 2011

    You just described every single parents day. It is exhausting!


    Beki commented at 3:04 pm on February 2nd, 2011

    Your honesty is admirable, you have my support & thoughts. If you need any advice or just an outlet to scream into, let me know.
    You are doing the right thing by your children & you have to be proud of yourself for that.
    However you must find a way of getting support for yourself (take it from one who struggles with that) – its a must.


    Bloke commented at 7:49 am on February 3rd, 2011

    Thank you all for your concern. It was a pretty bleak time in my life (as the forthcoming posts will show), but a necessary part of the transition from who I was in 2004 (when the diary starts) to who I am now.


    lingz commented at 2:07 am on November 12th, 2014

    Wow you are truly amazing. Its 24/7 for you and its so tiring doing it alone.


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